Abiotic stress tolerance of cellulose synthesis in Arabidopsis
Grant number: DP150103495 | Funding period: 2015 - 2017
This project aims to delineate how two components, that are part of a protein-complex, synthesise cellulose and protect the complex against environmental stress function. Also, it aims to identify co-factors that assist in cellulose synthesis and microfibril assembly. Sustainable resources for fuel, food and feed are needed and plant biomass, largely consisting of cellulose, offers a great raw material for this purpose. However, our understanding of how cellulose is synthesised is rudimentary. The results of this project could contribute towards tailoring cellulose production for industrial applications and for sustained biomass production.