Specific research targets include improved crops for food and fuel; algae for fuel and biotechnology; understanding of epidemics so that we can manage diseases as they emerge; analysis of carbon flux in tropical forests as part of conservation initiatives.
Recent discoveries from our basic science include:
- Genetic control mechanisms in plants and animals that underpin research tools in modern biology with application for both diagnosis and therapy of disease.
- Principles underlying the spread of disease in plant communities and crops.
- Mechanisms affecting protein accumulation in chloroplasts so that pharmaceuticals can be produced in plants.
- Modifications made by viruses to plant metabolism that influence the feeding behaviour of insects, with implications for spread of viruses and crop pollination.
- Identification of new components of the molecular clock in plants that influences flowering and seed size.