Plant Biology & Improvement

An understanding of plant biology is crucial to Australia's primary industries as well as our natural and man-made environments.

Improving our understanding of the effects of environmental changes on plants, increasing the sustainability of plant management, and enhancing the quality and efficiency of plant production are just some of the areas where research can help deliver crucial advances in plant biology and improvement.

Our researchers are working across a range of sectors within this domain, including native and planted forests; land, weeds and bushfire management; bio-security; molecular biology; agricultural and timber crops; and urban landscapes.

Current projects include improving disease resistance in legumes and water use efficiency in Eucalypt plantations; identifying genes that influence wood fibre properties; measuring the effect of fire regimes on forest biodiversity; reducing weed invasion into native ecosystems; and determining the response of wheat cultivars to elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide.