ARC Discovery Grant: Epigenetic programming of plant sperm cells
Researcher: Prof Mohan Singh (Agriculture and Food Systems)
Primary Research Fields, Courses and Disciplines: 2702-Genetics
Project Summary: Most of the grains and seeds that form the world's food supply are the result of the successful functioning of sperm and egg cells during fertilisation. This proposal aims to investigate the nature of sperm cell genome programming in plants and unravel molecular processes that give these cells their unique identity. This innovative and challenging research will also provide an excellent opportunity for training the next generation of scientists. The outcomes of this proposal will enhance Australia's international lead in this field and will pave the way toward the development of new approaches for sustaining and enhancing crop productivity under changing environmental conditions.