Vascular transport into the berry impact on fruit size and composition
Fruits, roots and leaves are interconnected by a dynamic vascular system allowing mass transport of essential materials and a means for whole plant communication and integration. Long distance transport via the grapevine’s xylem/phloem network ultimately defines fruit size and composition, impacting yield and wine style.
This project will define the mechanisms driving xylem/phloem flow and show how their close connection dictates water, carbohydrate, ion and signal flow to the berry. Metabolomics, transcriptomics and imaging will define the impacts of limitations in vascular transport processes in relation to berry growth, ripening and senescence.
Outputs will help growers improve the quality of grapes and the resulting wines, thereby boosting profitability.
PhD position available (ICHDR2)
We seek a highly motivated PhD candidate with a high level Honours or Masters qualification or equivalent in a plant science related field, biochemistry or molecular biology. The project will be based at the Wagga Wagga campus of Charles Sturt University but will also entail periods at other sites including the University of Adelaide and Western Sydney University. The candidate will develop skills in plant hydraulics, metabolomics, transcriptomics, microscopy and other imaging techniques.
For further information on the Centre PhD’s, including eligibility, visit the Join Us page. If you are interested in this project, email project leader Dr Suzy Rogiers to express your interest, including a copy of your CV and academic transcript.
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