A new signalling component in shoot architecture: trehalose 6-phosphate (2018)
This project aims to investigate the role of a new signalling pathway involved in shoot branching by using genetic, molecular and physiological approaches. New knowledge is expected on how plants regulate shoot branching via sugar or hormone levels and/or signalling. This international team will enhance capacity in plant biology with research that has potential for high impact publications. The research will capitalise on the recent finding by this team that trehalose 6-phosphate promotes shoot branching and aims to investigate whether sucrose acts via Tre6P and what role sucrose and Tre6P have compared with plant hormones. Significant benefits may include new genetic or management strategies to modify shoot architecture.