Dr Ricarda Jost from the Department of Plant, Animal and Soil Sciences at La Trobe University
Original Published Date: 
Sunday, July 7, 2019

Full article issued by La Trobe University.

Findings from La Trobe University-led research at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Energy Biology, could lead to less fertiliser wastage, saving millions of dollars for Australian farmers.

The international research team has uncovered a protein that can sense vital phosphorus levels—the ‘fuel in the tank’—in plants and then adjust growth and flowering in response. Published in the journal Plant Physiology, the findings provide a deeper understanding of the mechanisms whereby plants sense how much and when to take in the essential nutrient, phosphorus, for optimal growth.

Researchers say that the findings sit well with the necessity for Australian farmers’ to be as efficient as possible with costly fertiliser inputs. The research team involved collaborators at with collaborators from Zhejiang University (China), Ghent University & VIB Center for Plant Systems Biology (Belgium), and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission.

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Image: Lead Researcher Dr Ricarda Jost from the Department of Plant, Animal and Soil Sciences at La Trobe University. Credit: La Trobe University.