Plant architecture is a complex trait controlled by multiple genes. Recent advances in molecular genetics and biotechnology have opened the window to use genetic engineering tools in order to modify plant architecture. New ‘designer’ crops can greatly improve yield while reducing inputs and resources. We'll use the CRISPR genome editing technology to produce sorghum plants with modified root architecture.

Location: St Lucia

Expected outcomes: proficiency in molecular biology and molecular genetics; experience in the production and analysis of genetically modified plants

Supervisors: Professor Jimmy Botella, Professor Ian Godwin

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Project members

Professor Jimmy Botella

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

Professor Ian Godwin

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