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Alternative crops for dryland farming systems

Crop-growing regions experience increasingly dryer and warmer climates, and more lands are becoming hostile to any crop currently cultivated.

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Stomatal traits for water-use efficient crops

Water is the cost of our food. Understanding how plants use available water and convert it to food even in harsh environments is essential to develop resilient crops.

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Could Covid-style PCR tests be used to screen for herbicide resistance?

Could Covid-style PCR tests be used to screen for herbicide resistance?

Honours project: This project will involve the design of PCR assays to aid in rapid, field based screening for herbicide resistance in weeds.

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Seed size variation in chickpea and lentil

Seed size is highly variable in most agricultural crops and affects crop productivity and quality.

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High sodium wheat for disease resistance?

In the course of ongoing salinity tolerance research, we observed variation for leaf and stem rust resistance that seemed to be related to a novel trait for sodium accumulation in bread wheat. 

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Release of PFAS from selected consumer products and building materials waste

Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are manmade chemicals with unique properties.

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Cost-effective remediation strategies to reduce release of PFAS from contaminated soil

Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS are synthetic organofluorine compounds with unique properties and widespread applications in different industries.

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Why does Pyrenophora teres cause net blotch disease in some barley plants and not others?

Net blotch disease in barley

Honours project: Investigate the toxins produced by Pyrenophora teres that cause net blotch disease in barley.

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Evaluation of soybeans as a crop in South Australia

Soybean in pot

Honours project: Join a team of researchers to evaluate the potential of soybeans to be grown in South Australia.

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Using epigenetics to breed for enhanced reproductive, abiotic and/or biotic traits in cereal crops

Using epigenetics to breed for enhanced reproductive, abiotic and/or biotic traits in cereal crops

Honours project: Various projects suitable for students interested in learning more about plant breeding, genetics, molecular biology, abiotic and biotic stress, and/or plant reproduction.

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