Plant Cell Walls

LOCATION: Level 4, WIC Building, cnr Paratoo Road and Hartley Grove, Waite Campus, Urrbrae

Who We Are

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls commenced as a 7 year $32million collaboration between the Universities of Adelaide, Melbourne and Queensland in partnership with SA State Government and seven international institutions in 2011. It is hosted by the University of Adelaide at its Waite Campus.

Our Mission

To advance fundamental scientific understanding of plant cell wall biology to enable sustainable biomass production for:

  • Food security
  • Human health
  • Energy biomass conversion

The Centre is addressing the major questions and challenges facing the international plant cell wall community through the combined resources and expertise of our international partner investigators and collaborating institutions. At the Adelaide Node non-core projects that benefit from our multi-disciplinary expertise and infrastructure includes projects on water efficient beer production, bioethanol production and fungal and pest resistance in agricultural crops.

coverv2Aims & Objectives

The Australian Research Council established the Centre of Excellence (CoE) scheme to maintain and develop Australia’s international standing in areas of national priority. The ARC CoE in Plant Cell Wall’s goals, activities and strategies are defined to meet the Australian Research Council’s priorities and the objectives of the ARC Centres of Excellence scheme.


Prof. Vincent Bulone
Director (from January 2015)
T. +61 8 8313 2292

Prof. Tony Bacic
Deputy Director & Chief Investigator: Cell Biology and Biochemistry of Walls
T. +61 3 8344 5041

Prof. Rachel Burton
Chief Investigator: Molecular Genetics of Wall Synthesis
T. +61 8 8313 1057

Prof. Mike Gidley
Chief Investigator: Cell Wall Organisation and Molecular Architecture
T. +61 7 3365 2145

Partner Details

  • Plant Cell Walls
  • T. +61 8 8313 1284
  • E.
  • A. Level 4 (West), WIC Building, cnr Paratoo Road and Hartley Grove, Waite Campus, Urrbrae – View on google map
  • Visit Official Website


Unwrapping the brewing secrets of barley

University of Adelaide researchers have uncovered fundamental new information about the malting characteristics of barley grains. They say their finding could pave the way to more stable brewing processes or new malts for craft brewers.

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