Professor Christine Beveridge
Professor Christine Beveridge's group focuses on understanding the role of plant hormones in the regulation and coordination of plant development. We are particularly interested in axillary branching because it is a variable trait that is important in crop production. We know that branching is controlled by long-distance signals but we do not fully understood how. Recently, we discovered strigolactone as the novel plant hormone that has been long been elusive but known to be involved in shoot branching. Stigolactone is important for nutrient uptake and is also involved in attracting extemely harmful parasitic weeds. Future goals involving new projects in the lab include: the discovery of the branching feedback signal, elucidation of the role of well-known hormones, cytokinin and auxin, which are also involved in branching, and physiological, molecular and computational analysis of this genetic regulatory network. Research application and impact will follow in sustainability and productivity of food and energy crops.
Beveridge CA and Kyozuka J (2010). New genes in the strigolactone related shoot branching pathway. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 13: 34-39.
Dun EA et al. (2009). Computational modeling and molecular physiology experiments reveal new insights into shoot branching in pea. Plant Cell 21: 3459-3472.
Brewer PB et al. (2009). Strigolactone acts downstream of auxin to regulate bud outgrowth in pea and Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 150: 482-463.
Gomez-Roldan V et al. (2008). Strigolactone inhibition of shoot branching. Nature 455: 189-194.
Beveridge CA and Morris SE (2007). Order of Merit: Who goes where? Nature 448: 508.
Strigolactone, a new plant hormone: Its regulation, role and potential for plant improvement.
Grant Body: ARC Future Fellowship (Beveridge)
Grant Period: 2011-2014
Value: $775k total
The new plant hormone controlling shoot branching
Grant Body: ARC Discovery (Beveridge)
Grant Period: 2011-2015
Value: $750k total
New plant development discoveries stem from strigolactone research
Grant Body: ARC Discovery (Beveridge and Brewer)
Value: $375k total
Flowering Branching Interactions
Grant Body: ARC-PDF (Dun)
Grant Period: 2011-2013
Value: $306k total
Relationship between strigolactones and karrikins in the control of plant growth and development
Grant Body: UWA-UQ Bilateral Research Collaboration Award
Grant Period: 2011
2011 - Visit from Dr Koltai (Israel).
Grant Body: UQ Travel Award