The role of MicroRNAs in stress response in the resurrection plant Tripogon loliiformis

Njaci, Isaac (2016) The role of MicroRNAs in stress response in the resurrection plant Tripogon loliiformis. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

Research in this thesis focussed on the improvement of agricultural crops in increasing water use efficiency that impacts global crop productivity. The study identified key genetic regulatory mechanisms that the resurrection plant Tripogon loliiformis utilises to tolerate desiccation. Due to the conserved nature of the pathways involved, this information can be transferred for the enhancement of drought tolerance and water use efficiency in agricultural crops.

Specifically this study used high throughput sequencing, microscopy and plant transformation to further the understanding of post-transcriptional regulatory mechanisms. It was shown that T. loliiformis uses microRNAs to regulate pro-survival autophagy pathways to tolerate desiccation.

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ID Code: 93740
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Mundree, Sagadevan, Williams, Brett, & Dickman, Martin
Additional Information: Recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award
Keywords: miRNA, Tripogon loliiformis, Abiotic stress, desiccation tolerance, autophagy, programmed cell death, transcriptome, ER stress, cell membrane integrity, ODTA
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2016 23:11
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2017 07:11

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