The Plant Ecophysiology Group has used genetic technologies to generate new sorghum strains that are completely non-toxic but, importantly for public acceptance, are not genetically modified. We are studying these strains to understand how cyanogenesis is regulated at the molecular level and how they can be used as a tool to test plant defence theories. It is hoped that these strains will be used as non-toxic livestock feed in the future, a huge boon for Australian farmers.
The cassava project
The Plant Ecophysiology group is testing the effect of climate change (CO2, drought, temperature) on toxicity. This research, in collaboration with Dr Tim Cavagnaro at the School of Biological Sciences, is being conducted in field sites in Mozambique and Fiji.