This research involves studying symbiosis in a variety of systems. One of these is farming crops/microorgansisms. The objective of this research is to determine the usefulness of some cyanobacteria and mycorrhizal fungi in assisting crops to tolerate saline conditions.
Research into bioamelioration of soil salinity in Australia could lead to increases in the areas of cropping land that had previously been lost due to poor management practices. This program of research will involve a range of microbial culturing and genetic screening techniques for the selection of stable and advantageous symbiotic relationships.
An extension of this work is the evolution of algal metabolism, including photosynthesis and toxin production.
BABS personnel responsible for this project:
Spoligotype patterns evolve through the deletion of spacer sequences that cannot be recovered and have provided Associate Professor Mark Tanaka with a rich source of data with which to understand the transmission of disease.