Regulation of ion homeostasis by two-component signalling elements (2006–2009)
Plants must obtain a number of metal ions including zinc, iron, and manganese from the soil in order to grow, however, over-accumulation of these ions can be toxic. Therefore, it is vital that ion levels in plants are strictly regulated. The proposed project aims to investigate the mechanisms of ion regulation by studying plants with significant alterations in their metal ion profiles. Achieving this goal will provide a foundation for the production of crop plants with enhanced levels of ions that are essential to the human diet. Additionally, the same technology can be used in the generation of plants that are suitable for phytoremediation of lands damaged by salinity or contaminated with toxic heavy metals.