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).
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Plasma-membrane electrical responses to salt and osmotic gradients contradict radiotracer ..
Nitrate uptake and its regulation in relation to improving nitrogen use efficiency in cere..
Displaying the 31 most recent scholarly works by Darren Plett.
Energy costs of salt tolerance in crop plants
Rana Munns, David A Day, Wieland Fricke, Michelle Watt, Borjana Arsova, Bronwyn J Barkla, Jayakumar Bose, Caitlin S Byrt, Zhong-Hua Chen, Kylie J Foster, Matthew Gilliham, Sam W Henderson, Colin LD Jenkins, Herbert J Kronzucker, Stanley J Miklavcic, Darren Plett, Stuart J Roy, Sergey Shabala, Megan C Shelden, Kathleen L Soole, et al.
Journal article | 2019 | New Phytologist
Agriculture is expanding into regions that are affected by salinity. This review considers the energetic costs of salinity toleran..
Energy costs of salinity tolerance in crop plants
Stephen D Tyerman, Rana Munns, Wieland Fricke, Borjana Arsova, Bronwyn J Barkla, Jayakumar Bose, Helen Bramley, Caitlin Byrt, Zhonghua Chen, Timothy D Colmer, Tracey Cuin, David A Day, Kylie J Foster, Matthew Gilliham, Sam W Henderson, Tomoaki Horie, Colin LD Jenkins, Brent N Kaiser, Maki Katsuhara, Darren Plett, et al.
Journal article | 2019 | New Phytol
Nitrogen assimilation system in maize is regulated by developmental and tissue-specific mechanisms
Darren Plett, Luke Holtham, Ute Baumann, Elena Kalashyan, Karen Francis, Akiko Enju, John Toubia, Ute Roessner, Antony Bacic, Antoni Rafalski, Kanwarpal S Dhugga, Mark Tester, Trevor Garnett, Brent N Kaiser
Journal article | 2016 | Plant Mol Biol
Maize maintains growth in response to decreased nitrate supply through a highly dynamic and developmental stage-specific transcriptional response
Darren Plett, Ute Baumann, Andreas W Schreiber, Luke Holtham, Elena Kalashyan, John Toubia, John Nau, Mary Beatty, Antoni Rafalski, Kanwarpal S Dhugga, Mark Tester, Trevor Garnett, Brent N Kaiser
Journal article | 2016 | Plant Biotechnol J
Expression of the Arabidopsis vacuolar H plus - pyrophosphatase gene (AVP1) improves the shoot biomass of transgenic barley and increases grain yield in a saline field
Rhiannon K Schilling, Petra Marschner, Yuri Shavrukov, Bettina Berger, Mark Tester, Stuart J Roy, Darren C Plett
Journal article | 2014 | Plant Biotechnol J
The response of the maize nitrate transport system to nitrogen demand and supply across the lifecycle
Trevor Garnett, Vanessa Conn, Darren Plett, Simon Conn, Juergen Zanghellini, Nenah Mackenzie, Akiko Enju, Karen Francis, Luke Holtham, Ute Roessner, Berin Boughton, Antony Bacic, Neil Shirley, Antoni Rafalski, Kanwarpal Dhugga, Mark Tester, Brent N Kaiser
Journal article | 2013 | New Phytologist
Research Fellow (Cereal Crops - Salt Stress)
Agriculture And Food
Agriculture And Food
Journal of Plant Physiology
Australian Society of Plant Scientists
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Manitoba
Bachelors of Science (Agriculture)
University of Manitoba