This project aims to investigate the biological mechanisms driving the evolution of toxic cyanogenic glucosides by exploiting the natural diversity of Australian wild relatives of the crop sorghum that are adapted to different
environments. The project expects to generate new knowledge about the role of cyanogenic glucosides using
genome sequencing, physiological experiments, and chemical analyses. Two PhD students and an early career
researcher are expected to visit Denmark for specialist training. Expected outcomes include new perspectives on
how cyanogenic plants manage resources and combat environmental stress. This should provide significant
benefit by providing new resources for plant breeders to produce more climate-resilient crops.