Plants are sessile, meaning they need high levels of phenotypic plasticity in order to respond to their environment. Optimisation of shoot branch number has led to alterations in plant yield in many crop species. This research focuses on understanding how plants regulate their shoot architecture by exploring the complex interactions of hormones and metabolites that underpin bud release. By elucidating a role for ABA in the shoot branching network via molecular, physiological and bioinformatic approaches, this PhD project will improve our current understanding of this process and potentially lead to candidates that can be targeted in future agricultural applications. 

Project members

Hannah Drieberg

PHD candidate
School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability