ACPFG Blog

Making membrane proteins: curdlan synthase

December 8, 2012

Filed under: Research — Tags: , — acpfg @ 8:43 am

Curdlan is a polysaccharide which is used in Chinese medicine to stimulate the immune system to prevent skin infections. Researchers at the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics have managed to make curdlan synthase, the enzyme that synthesises curdlan, in the laboratory. The techniques they used to produce the enzyme should be very useful to […]

 

Cracking a Salty Rice Riddle

July 31, 2012

Filed under: Research — Tags: , , — acpfg @ 3:39 pm

ACPFG research recently published in PLoS One descibes a model explaining how ancestral rice plants survive saline soils. Agricultural lands worldwide are getting saltier, and in Australia this is a particular problem in WA and SA. Associate Professor Maria Hrmova described the impacts of her research on the ABC Rural SA Country Hour (listen to […]

 

Pretty wheat protein has biotechnology potential

March 13, 2012

Filed under: Research — Tags: , , , , — acpfg @ 11:08 am

A protein involved in moving lipids into wheat grains graces the cover of the Journal of Experimental Botany this month. Scientists at the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) discovered this protein, called TdPR61, while trying to find out how to express genes in the grain of wheat plants. The protein is expressed in […]

 

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