Plant Energy Biologists
Original Published Date: 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Full article issued by The University of Western Australia.

ARC-supported scientists from The University of Western Australia have discovered two enzymes that explain the sensitivity of wheat plants to salty soils. The findings could lead to advances that strengthen crops against salinity, an issue costing WA farmers more than $500 million a year.

The research was led by an ARC Future Fellowship recipient, Dr Nicolas Taylor, from the UWA School of Molecular Sciences, with a team at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and The National University of Malaysia. Their research describes two enzymes in wheat that are especially sensitive to salt and that appear to be the weak link that leads to plant death in saline soils.

Photo credit: 

Image: (L-R) Dr Nicolas Taylor, Dr Richard Jacoby and Professor Harvey Millar. Image credit: ARC Centre Of Excellence Plant Energy Biology.