Plants are always fighting a multitude of pathogens and they have developed very sophisticated defence mechanisms during evolution. Some of those mechanisms are now relatively well known but new ones are still being discovered. G-proteins are a new player in this never-ending battle and they seem to be really important. As prove of that, if you mutate one of the subunit genes, plants get extremely sensitive to pathogens. We want to know more about the mechanisms controlled by G-proteins to protect plants.

Location: St Lucia

Expected outcomes: proficiency in molecular biology and genetic engineering

Supervisors: Professor Jimmy Botella

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Project members

Professor Jimmy Botella

Professor
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Affiliated Professor
Centre for Plant Science