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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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Plant nematode-interactions: parasitism and defence

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Honours project: Discover how parasitic nematodes affect cereal plant roots and exactly which genes help the plants fight back.

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Improving nodulation by understanding effects of fertiliser and soil type survival of rhizobia

On average, legume crops fix about 100 kg N per hectare, which equates to $4 billion annually in Australia.

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What causes oedema in brussel sprouts?

Oedema in brussel sprouts

Honours project: In collaboration with AE Cranwell & Sons, investigate the causes of oedema in brussel sprouts.

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Science Education projects available for Honours

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Honours projects: Science Education projects to suit your interests.

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What keeps native bees from expanding their pollen diet?

Worldwide, many bee species specialise on floral resources from local native plant species, and do not incorporate pollen from introduced species, including crops, in their diet. 

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Investigating the nitrogen and phosphorus requirements of psyllium (Plantago ovata), an emerging food and pharmaceutical crop

Plantago ovata or psyllium, is an emerging crop species in Australia. It is the source of psyllium husk, a dietary fibre-rich material used as health supplements and in the production of gluten-free food. 

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

While the dangers and implications of antibiotic resistance to human health are well known and publicised, far less attention has been given the increasing problem of resistance to the pesticides and herbicides vital to global food production systems. 

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Honours project - Stuart Roy

Loss of crop yield due to high concentrations of Na+ and Cl- on agricultural land is a significant problem for Australian farmers.

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Honours project in wine chemistry

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David is seeking students who are interested in chemistry, whether from the perspective of wine or food science, or pure chemistry.

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