Professor Christine Beveridge's interest is in the control of plant development.
Our research is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL). It focuses on understanding the role of plant hormones in the regulation and coordination of plant development. We are particularly interested shoot architecture because it is a variable trait that is important in crop production and horticulture. Recently, we discovered strigolactone as the novel plant hormone that has been long been elusive but known to be involved in shoot branching. Strigolactone is important for nutrient uptake, is involved in attracting extemely harmful parasitic weeds and is involved in several developmental processes such as adventitious rooting (e.g., rooting from cuttings), secondary growth (wood production) and root development.
Christine is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, a Highy Cited Researcher (http://highlycited.com/) and President of the International Plant Growth Substances Association.
Our projects can be found below or at our lab website. www.plantdev.com