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2018 Laureate Profile: Professor Christine Beveridge

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Professor Christine Beveridge—2018 ARC Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship recipient

Professor Christine

2018 Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship recipient

Administering Organisation: The University of Queensland

Discipline Area: Biological Sciences and Biotechnology

Fellowship project summary


The project aims to discover the genes and processes that control plant shoot architecture, which is a major driver of yield in field, horticultural and forestry crops. Shoot branching is the result of the complex interplay of genes, environment and crop management. By investigating cellular processes governing growth and development, as well as physiology and molecular genetics, this project will enhance Australian capacity and multidisciplinary innovation. An improved understanding of shoot branching and how it may be manipulated will improve our knowledge of plant sciences that could contribute to agricultural expansion and food security in Australia and internationally.

With her supplementary ARC Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship funding, Professor Beveridge will create resources that could be used across Australia to support broad-scale personal development activities for students and early-career researchers.

Australian Research Council funding: $2,973,547

About Professor Beveridge

Professor Christine Beveridge is Associate Dean (Research) and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science at The University of Queensland, where she leads the Plant Development Lab in the School of Biological Sciences. Professor Beveridge’s research in plant development focusses on understanding the role of plant hormones in the regulation and coordination of plant development. In particular, Professor Beveridge’s research interest lies in shoot architecture as a variable trait that is important for crop production and horticulture. Her research has included work to discover the novel plant hormone strigolactone that is involved in plant processes including nutrient uptake, shoot branching, adventitious rooting (e.g. rooting from cuttings), secondary growth (wood production) and root development.

For her research achievements, Professor Beveridge was named a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2015. Professor Beveridge was awarded a 2010 ARC Future Fellowship. Professor Beveridge is also current President of the International Plant Growth Substances Association.

Find out more about Professor Beveridge’s research by visiting her profile page on The University of Queensland website.

For further information about this funding scheme, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme page on the ARC website.

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