School of Botany - Theses
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The bryophyte flora of Lord Howe Island: taxonomy, diversity and biogeography
Before this study the known Lord Howe Island bryophyte flora (mosses, liverworts and hornworts) totalled 173 species, consisting of 131 mosses, 40 liverworts and 2 hornworts. For this study I conducted one month of ...
Regulation of mucilage production in the Arabidopsis seed coat through MADS-box TF family members
During Arabidopsis seed development, the epidermal cells of the seed coat produce large quantities of pectinaceous mucilage polysaccharides. Following imbition, mucilage is released from these cells and forms a thick ...
Understanding the mechanism of the synthesis of β-D-(1,3;1,4)-glucans, or mixed linkage glucans (MLGs), by the cellulose synthase like (CSL) F6 protein
The molecular mechanism by which mixed linkage, (1,3;1,4)-β-D-glucan, a non-cellulosic polysaccharide, is synthesised by cellulose synthase-like (CSL) F6 was explored. CSLF6 was shown to be crucial for development in the ...
Molecular systematics of siphonous green Algae (Bryopsidales, Chlorophyta)
The evolutionary history of the siphonous green algae (Bryopsidales, Chlorophyta) was investigated using a combination of molecular techniques and phylogenetic inference methods. Analyses of chloroplast genomes of the order ...
Phylogeny of Eremophila and tribe Myoporeae (Scrophulariaceae)
Myoporeae is one of eight tribes recognised in the large, cosmopolitan plant family Scrophulariaceae sensu stricto. Tribe Myoporeae contains seven genera, four of which are endemic to Australia (Calamphoreus, Diocirea, ...
Molecular mechanism of the assembly of (1,3;1,4)-β-D-glucan in Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum) suspension-cultured cells
(1,3;1,4)-β-D-Glucan or mixed linkage β-glucan (MLG) is a major type of non-cellulosic polysaccharide of grass cell walls and is synthesised by the CELLULOSE SYNTHASE-LIKE (CSL) F, H and J proteins with CSLF6 being the ...
Defining the roles of essential genes in the malaria parasite life cycle
The combination of drug resistance, lack of an effective vaccine and ongoing conflict and poverty mean that malaria remains a major global health crisis. Understanding metabolic pathways at all parasite life stages is ...
Pathogenicity genes of Leptosphaeria maculans, the fungus that causes blackleg disease of canola (Brassica napus)
Blackleg disease caused by the fungus Leptosphaeria maculans is the most serious disease of canola (Brassica napus) worldwide. Current approaches to control blackleg are through the use of agronomic techniques such as crop ...
Functional analysis of the apical polar ring its role in secretion and motility of Toxoplasma parasites
Human parasites Toxoplasma and Plasmodium species belong to the phylum Apicomplexa and are some of the most successful groups of human parasites on the planet. Part of this success can be attributed to the cytoskeletal ...
Classification and phylogeny of the plant genus Dianella Lam. ex Juss.
The global distribution of Dianella Lam. ex Juss. (flax lilies, Asphodelaceae, Asparagales) extends from south-eastern Africa, Madagascar and India, to south-east Asia (north to Japan), Australia, Pacific Islands from ...