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Dr

Darren Plett

Research Fellow (Cereal Crops - Salt Stress)
ion transport
nitrogen transport
transcriptomics
nitrogen assimilation
metabolomics
microscopy
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
plant sciences
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Dr

Darren Plett

 
Division
Veterinary And Agricultural Sciences
 
Primary Interest
Discovering The Nitrogen Uptake Regulatory System In Maize
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Dr

Darren Plett

 

Darren's research goal is to improve the yield of cereal crops to provide more food for an expanding world population. He is using agricultural biotechnology and physiology techniques to discover the genes which regulate plant tolerance to abiotic stress.

He then alters these genes to improve the tolerance of crop plants to stresses such as low soil nutrients, drought and salinity. Darren obtained his BSc and MSc degrees at the University of Manitoba, Canada. In his MSc thesis he investigated the potential effects of climate change on leaf lipid and seed oil quality in canola. He then moved to Australia and completed a PhD project where he improved the salinity tolerance of rice through cell type-specific expression of genes encoding sodium transporters. Prior to appointment as a Research Fellow in the lab of Prof Herbert Kronzucker at the University of Melbourne in 2018, he was employed by University of Adelaide as a Research Fellow to discover the system regulating nitrogen uptake in maize and wheat with the goal of altering the system to improve nitrogen uptake efficiency. A second focus of Darren's work was developing wheat and rice varieties with improved drought and salinity tolerance for release in developing countries. These projects received funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC), Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), DuPont-Pioneer and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 31 most recent scholarly works by Darren Plett.

Credentials

Positions


Research Fellow (Cereal Crops - Salt Stress)

Agriculture And Food

It Access

Agriculture And Food

Section Editor

Journal of Plant Physiology

Associate Editor

Plant Methods

Member

Australian Society of Plant Scientists

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

Adelaide University

Masters

University of Manitoba

Bachelors of Science (Agriculture)

University of Manitoba