New paper! A collaborative effort with Danish researchers that identified a component of field soils suppressing the phosphate uptake activity of mycorrhizal fungi.
New paper! Linking expression of ZIP genes in Medicago truncatula with the effects of mycorrhizal inoculation when plants are Zn-stressed through deficiency and toxicity.
I enjoy conducting research on the plant-fungal symbiosis known as arbuscular mycorrhizas, especially investigating how they can improve plant zinc and phosphorus nutrition on nutrient-depleted soils. I am particularly interested in the potential agricultural applications of arbuscular mycorrhizas, and use important crops as model species in my research.
I am currently a independent Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Adelaide, collaborating jointly with the labs of Prof Steve Tyerman and A/Prof Tim Cavagnaro, as well as working with a number of other researchers on the Waite campus and interstate.
Here is a recent article on the research I am undertaking to discover the molecular mechanisms behind plant Zn uptake via the mycorrhizal pathway.
See more about my current and past research.