Image caption: 2015 Tall Poppy Dr Caitlin Byrt, with nominator and former award recipient, Associate Professor Matthew Gilliham
Original Published Date: 
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Plant scientist and ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awardee, Dr Caitlyn Byrt, has been named a 2015 South Australian Tall Poppy. Dr Byrt received the prestigious Young Tall Poppy Science Award, which recognises her work at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, as well as her earlier scientific endeavours. Her recent focus has been on salt tolerance in plants. Dr Byrt’s research outcomes include the discovery of two genes underling salt tolerance in wheat. Her work demonstrated that the proteins coded for by these genes help to prevent toxic build-up of sodium in leaves.

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