Salinity tolerance of plants

Salinity tolerance of plants

Internship Description

Soil salinity is a major abiotic stress constraining crop production. We are investigating how some plants are able to cope with salt stress, to then inform research on other crops to make them more tolerant to salinity stress. Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) tastes good, is highly nutritious and is a very salt tolerant crop; however, we are yet to discover the mechanisms for its high salt tolerance. This is one species that we are currently studying. We are also looking at mechanisms of tolerance in wild relatives of domesticated crops, in particular wild tomatoes and wild barley.

Deliverables/Expectations

Lots of good research / lots of hard work and fun.

Faculty Name

Mark Tester

Field of Study

Biology, Computer science