We aim to dissect how plants produce cellulose with particular focus on:
- Identifying new components that are involved in cellulose biosynthesis.
- Elucidating the regulatory network that control cellulose production in a plant cell.
- Understand how the components of the cellulose synthase complex work together.
- Discovering signal mechanisms that the cell wall uses to communicate with the cell.
An overall goal is to transfer some of our understandings to crop plants to provide better feedstocks for the agri-food sector.
In vitro based motor protein assay
|Lab Leader||Prof Staffan Persson||+61 3 9035 3637|
|Research Fellows||Dr Edwin Lampugnani||+61 3 8344 2496|
|Dr Heather McFarlane||+61 3 8344 3324|
|Dr Rene Schneider||+61 3 8344 3324|
|Dr Marc Somssich|
|Graduate Students||Amelie Mendrinna|
|Jaqueline Nowak (joint MPIMP-UoM student)|
|Support Staff||Kelsey Picard|
All plant cells are surrounded by a cell wall that works as a plant skeleton. This structure is necessary for the plants to grow tall and thin and for tissues and organs to obtain complex structures and shapes. The cell wall also provides raw materials for food, textiles, building materials, and next-generation biofuels.
It is therefore very important to understand how cell walls are made and how the synthesis is regulated.
We have several projects in which we are trying to obtain this knowledge:
Project 1: How is the cell wall communicating with the cell so that more or less cell wall material is produced?
Project 2: Using proximity labelling to identify proteins that interact with cell wall related proteins.
Project 3: How are the cell wall related genes transcriptionally controlled?
Project 4: What signals are abiotic stresses using to regulate cell wall and cellulose synthesis?
Project 5: How do motor-proteins impact on the formation of water-conducting vessels in plants?
Project 6: What are the driving forces behind certain patterning of secondary cell walls?