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Waite Agriculture, Food and Wine Seminar Series – CANCELLED

Mar 19, 10:30 am


Please come along to this campus-wide seminar series. One week we will hear from a group leader or a visitor to the campus and the following week from two ECR/MCRs from the Waite Future Leaders cohort.

Come and hear about great science going on across the campus, up the road or across the sea! Expand your network and find new collaborators! Everyone is welcome to a shared morning tea (please bring your own coffee cup) following the seminar.

Dr Scott Boden, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Investigating the genetic regulation of inflorescence architecture and flowering time in bread wheat

WHEN: Thursday 19th March 2020. 10:30am Seminar, followed by morning tea
WHERE: Plant Research Centre Auditorium


In this talk, I will discuss my group’s research investigating the genes that control inflorescence architecture and development in bread wheat, and how molecular pathways that control flowering time coordinate stages of meristem development to influence the number of spikelets and florets that form on an inflorescence.

In particular, I will discuss the regulation of inflorescence architecture by a key domestication gene, TEOSINTE BRANCHED1, as well a class III homeodomain/leucine zipper transcription factor that is regulated by micro RNAs to control the spikelet formation. I will complement this discussion with introduction to our work analysing field-based regulation of the molecular pathways controlling flowering time, and how allelic variation for photoperiod responsiveness in wheat modifies the expression of key flowering genes.

This research provides new targets for improvement of yield-related traits in wheat, including development of cultivars that are better adapted to a warmer climate.

About the speaker

I am a newly appointed Independent Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, and since 2015 I have been a Group Leader and Royal Society Research Fellow at the John Innes Centre, UK. Prior to that I completed an OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship at CSIRO in Canberra, under the supervision of Prof. Steve Swain, and a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship at the John Innes Centre in the group of Dr Philip Wigge. I completed my PhD at the University of Adelaide in 2008 in the group of Prof. Jason Able.


Auditorium, Plant Research Centre
2b Hartley Grove
Urrbrae, South Australia 5064 Australia
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