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Eloise Foo

ARC Future Fellow, Senior Lecturer

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Some plants have advantages over others – they have relationships with bacteria and fungi that allow them to get additional nutrients from the air and soil. Researcher Dr Eloise Foo is studying pea plants to find out why they have these special relationships. If we were free from needing to use fertilisers, and instead could use bacteria and fungi to provide plant nutrients to large-scale crops such as wheat, rice and corn, it could be a game-changer for global agriculture.

The holy grail of plant fertilisers

Discovery research, or pure science, involves working out how things work, which helps us to find new tools that can be applied to solve other problems.

'I'm studying how plants gain access to the things they need—the nutrients and building blocks of life. They get energy from the sun but they need nutrients, which they mainly take up through their roots, either directly or by associating with bacteria and fungi that help them get nutrients out of the soil,' said Dr Foo.

'Only some plants can form these special symbiotic relationships with bacteria and fungi. Pea is one of these plants. We're lucky at the University of Tasmania to have expertise in studying peas and their growth hormones.

'Plants need nitrogen, which is abundant in the atmosphere; however, they can't absorb it that way. This is why most gardeners and commercial growers add nitrogen fertiliser to their soils. I'm working on understanding how bacteria work with some plants to draw nitrogen out of the air and make it available to the plant. Importantly this very specialised plant–bacteria relationship shares similarities with another much more widespread plant–fungi association to access phosphate, another important nutrient for plant growth. By understanding both the differences and similarities, we hope to expand plant-bacterial associations into major crops.

'Plants possess growth hormones in minute quantities. Measuring them is our speciality here at the University of Tasmania, and our researchers have developed this expertise over many decades. We have a vast store of special pea mutants on campus, and with our expertise in developmental genetics we can compete nationally and internationally to get funding and to be published.

'… there wouldn't be any need for nitrogen fertilisers. This is the holy grail.'

Dr Foo believes that if they can uncover the special relationship peas have with their bacteria and fungi they might unlock information that could be used for other plants.

Dr Eloise Foo is an ARC Future Fellow at the School of Biological Sciences. She is interested in how plants interact with their environment and how this is regulated by plant hormones: small, mobile, potent signals. In addition to Future Fellowship, she holds an ARC grant at aims to decode the signals important for plant-microbe interactions.  She has contributed to the discovery of and current understanding of the newest plant hormone group, strigolactones, and has defined novel roles for plant hormones in plants relationships with beneficial and pathogenic microbes.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD - University of Queensland (2004) 
  • Title of thesis: The genetic control of branching in pea

Biography

Eloise completed her undergraduate and PhD at the University of Queensland, working with Professor Christine Beveridge's group investigating the hormones controlling shoot architecture. She then joined the University of Tasmania, working with Professor Jim Reid and Dr Jim Weller examining plant responses to light. She secured an ARC Early career Fellowship that enabled her to create a research focus at UTAS examining the role of plant hormones in interactions with beneficial mycorrhizal fungi in the soil. She has since expanded this work with her current Future Fellowship to encompass plant hormones role in plant-microbe interactions, including nitrogen-fixing bacteria and soil pathogens.

Research Themes

Eloise's research aligns to the University's research theme of Environment, Resources and Sustainability . Plant growth is often limited by nutrient deficiency and plants have evolved symbioses with microbes to access previously unavailable soil nutrients. Leguminous plants are unique as they form a symbioses with both rhizobial soil bacteria, leading to nitrogen-fixing nodules, and arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis with soil fungi to access nutrients such as phosphate. An understanding of such interactions may provide the tools to optimise and also harness such beneficial symbioses for optimal crop productivity.

Eloise's research program aims to advance our understanding of how plants establish and regulate these important symbioses by defining the role of plant-derived hormones, particularly strigolactones. She explores the development of these symbioses in a series of well-characterised pea mutants with altered hormone synthesis or perception. Her current work is examining how plant hormones allow plants to differentially respond to microbes, to maximise nutrient acquisition and protect themselves from pathogen attack. Approaches include whole plant physiology, in vitro studies, gene expression, hormone application and importantly endogenous hormone quantification. 

Recently, Eloise's group have discovered the new plant hormone strigolacatone, which is essential for mycorrhizal development, also regulates nodulation. She has also defined novel roles for gibberellins, auxin and ethylene in plant-microbe interactions. Eloise collaborates with other research groups both within Australia and overseas, including leading researchers at ANU and Frances CNVRS.

Memberships

Committee associations

  • Australasian Plant Pathology Society Inc.
  • Australian Society of Plant Scientists

Administrative expertise

Eloise has experience managing a large ARC Discovery grant, including supervision of post-doctoral fellows, research staff and post-graduate students.

Teaching

plant development, plant hormones, symbioses, nodulation, arbuscular mycorrhiza, strigolactones, ethylene, gibberellins, brassinosteroids, auxin, plant disease, pea, grafting

Teaching expertise

Eloise teaches part of a genetics course at 3 rd year, including setting part of the exam, and also supervises undergraduate projects. She also has experience designing research programs for and supervising Honours and PhD projects.

Teaching responsibility

Genetics (KPA376)

Research Appointments

  • ARC Early Career Fellowship (2007-2014)
  • ARC Future Fellow (2014 to present)

Research Invitations

Eloise is involved with several national and international collaborations. Several involve examining the role of plant hormones in plant development in model species, including Medicago truncutula and Arabidopsis with leading research groups.  She is also working with two companies to help develop agricultural products, one a national company examining the benefits of mycorrhizal associations and the other an international company examining the role of novel strigolactones for use as agrichemicals.

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Expertise

  • Developmental genetics
  • Arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis
  • Nodulation
  • Plant hormones
  • Molecular biology (gene cloning and expression)

Current projects

  • The role of plant hormones in legume symbioses
  • The role of plant hormones in plant disease

Fields of Research

  • Plant Physiology (060705)
  • Plant Cell and Molecular Biology (060702)
  • Plant Developmental and Reproductive Biology (060703)
  • Crop and Pasture Nutrition (070306)
  • Plant Pathology (060704)
  • Proteomics and Intermolecular Interactions (excl. Medical Proteomics) (060109)
  • Horticultural Crop Growth and Development (070601)
  • Analytical Biochemistry (060101)
  • Microbial Ecology (060504)
  • Gene Expression (incl. Microarray and other genome-wide approaches) (060405)
  • Developmental Genetics (incl. Sex Determination) (060403)

Research Objectives

  • Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production (829899)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences (970105)
  • Horticultural Crops (820299)
  • Grain Legumes (820503)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences (970107)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences (970111)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)
  • Winter Grains and Oilseeds (820599)
  • Plant Production and Plant Primary Products (829999)
  • Vegetables (820215)

Publications

Eloise has published in the top plant science journals throughout her career, including The Plant Cell, Plant Physiology, The Plant Journal, New Phytologist and Molecular Plant. She was invited to contribute to a special issue on new signalling molecules in Molecular Plant in 2012 and two of her most recent publications are identified as highly cited by Web of Science.

Total publications

44

Highlighted publications

(8 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2013Journal ArticleFoo E, Ross JJ, Jones WT, Reid JB, 'Plant hormones in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbioses: An emerging role for gibberellins', Annals of Botany, 111, (5) pp. 769-779. ISSN 0305-7364 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/aob/mct041 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 76Web of Science - 63

Co-authors: Ross JJ; Reid JB

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2013Journal ArticleFoo E, Yoneyama K, Hugill CJ, Quittenden LJ, Reid JB, 'Strigolactones and the regulation of pea symbioses in response to nitrate and phosphate deficiency', Molecular Plant, 6, (1) pp. 76-87. ISSN 1674-2052 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/mp/sss115 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 70Web of Science - 69

Co-authors: Hugill CJ; Quittenden LJ; Reid JB

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2011Journal ArticleFerguson BJ, Foo E, Ross JJ, Reid JB, 'Relationship between gibberellin, ethylene and nodulation in Pisum sativum', New Phytologist, 189, (3) pp. 829-842. ISSN 0028-646X (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03542.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 30Web of Science - 29

Co-authors: Ross JJ; Reid JB

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2011Journal ArticleFoo E, Davies NW, 'Strigolactones promote nodulation in pea', Planta: An International Journal of Plant Biology, 234, (5) pp. 1073-1081. ISSN 0032-0935 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00425-011-1516-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 80Web of Science - 75

Co-authors: Davies NW

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2007Journal ArticleFoo E, Morris SE, Parmenter K, Young N, Wang H, et al., 'Feedback regulation of xylem cytokinin content is conserved in pea and Arabidopsis', Plant Physiology, 143, (3) pp. 1418-1428. ISSN 0032-0889 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1104/pp.106.093708 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 60Web of Science - 52

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2005Journal ArticleFoo E, Bullier E, Goussot M, Foucher F, Rameau C, et al., 'The branching gene RAMOSUS1 mediates interactions among two novel signals and auxin in pea', The Plant Cell, 17, (2) pp. 464-474. ISSN 1040-4651 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1105/tpc.104.026716 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 159Web of Science - 152

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2003Journal ArticleSorefan K, Booker J, Haurogne K, Goussot M, Bainbridge K, et al., 'MAX4 and RMS1 are orthologous dioxygenase-like genes that regulate shoot branching in Arabidopsis and pea', Genes and Development, 17 pp. 1469-1474. ISSN 0890-9369 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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2001Journal ArticleFoo E, Turnbull CGN, Beveridge CA, 'Long-distance signaling and the control of branching in the rms1 mutant of pea', Plant Physiology, 126 pp. 203-209. ISSN 0032-0889 (2001) [Refereed Article]

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Journal Article

(29 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Lopez-Raez JA, Shirasu K, Foo E, 'Strigolactones in plant interactions with beneficial and detrimental organisms: The yin and yang', Trends in Plant Science, 22, (6) pp. 527-537. ISSN 1360-1385 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2017.03.011 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

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2017McAdam E, Hugill CJ, Fort S, Samian E, Cottaz S, et al., 'Determining the site of action of strigolactones during nodulation', Plant Physiology, 174, (3) pp. 1-16. ISSN 0032-0889 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1104/pp.17.00741 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: McAdam E; Hugill CJ; Davies NW; Reid JB

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2016Foo E, Blake SN, Fisher BJ, Smith JA, Reid JB, 'The role of strigolactones during plant interactions with the pathogenic fungus Fusarium oxysporum', Planta, 243, (6) pp. 1387-1396. ISSN 0032-0935 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00425-015-2449-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Blake SN; Fisher BJ; Smith JA; Reid JB

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2016Foo E, Heynen EMH, Reid JB, 'Common and divergent shoot-root signalling in legume symbioses', New Phytologist, 210, (2) pp. 643-656. ISSN 0028-646X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/nph.13779 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Heynen EMH; Reid JB

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2016Foo E, McAdam EL, Weller JL, Reid JB, 'Interactions between ethylene, gibberellins, and brassinosteroids in the development of rhizobial and mycorrhizal symbioses of pea', Journal of Experimental Botany, 67, (8) pp. 2413-2424. ISSN 0022-0957 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erw047 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: McAdam EL; Weller JL; Reid JB

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2016Blake SN, Barry KM, Gill WM, Reid JB, Foo E, 'The role of strigolactones and ethylene in disease caused by Pythium irregulare', Molecular Plant Pathology, 17, (5) pp. 680-690. ISSN 1464-6722 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/mpp.12320 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Blake SN; Barry KM; Gill WM; Reid JB

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2016Northey JGB, Liang S, Jamshed M, Deb S, Foo E, et al., 'Farnesylation mediates brassinosteroid biosynthesis to regulate abscisic acid responses', Nature Plants, 2, (8) Article 16114. ISSN 2055-026X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/NPLANTS.2016.114 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Reid JB

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2015Weller JL, Foo EM, Hecht V, Ridge S, Vander Schoor JK, et al., 'Ethylene signaling influences light-regulated development in pea', Plant Physiology, 169, (1) pp. 115-124. ISSN 0032-0889 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1104/pp.15.00164 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Weller JL; Hecht V; Ridge S; Vander Schoor JK; Reid JB

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2014Foo E, Ferguson BJ, Reid JB, 'Common and divergent roles of plant hormones in nodulation and arbuscular mycorrhizal symbioses', Plant Signalling and Behavior, 9 Article e29593. ISSN 1559-2316 (2014) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.4161/psb.29593 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4

Co-authors: Ferguson BJ; Reid JB

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2014Foo E, Ferguson BJ, Reid JB, 'The potential roles of strigolactones and brassinosteroids in the autoregulation of nodulation pathway', Annals of Botany, 113, (6) pp. 1037-1045. ISSN 0305-7364 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcu030 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Ferguson BJ; Reid JB

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2014Urquhart S, Foo E, Reid JB, 'The role of strigolactones in photomorphogenesis of pea is limited to adventitious rooting', Physiologia Plantarum, 153, (3) pp. 392-402. ISSN 0031-9317 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ppl.12246 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Urquhart S; Reid JB

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2013Foo E, 'Something old, something new: Auxin and strigolactone interact in the ancient mycorrhizal symbiosis', Plant Signaling and Behavior, 8, (4) Article e23656. ISSN 1559-2324 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.4161/psb.23656 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Foo E, 'Auxin influences strigolactones in pea mycorrhizal symbiosis', Journal of Plant Physiology, 170 pp. 523- 528. ISSN 0176-1617 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jplph.2012.11.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 22

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2013Foo E, Reid JB, 'Strigolactones: new physiological roles for an ancient signal', Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, 32, (2) pp. 429-442. ISSN 0721-7595 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00344-012-9304-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23

Co-authors: Reid JB

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2013Foo E, Ross JJ, Jones WT, Reid JB, 'Plant hormones in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbioses: An emerging role for gibberellins', Annals of Botany, 111, (5) pp. 769-779. ISSN 0305-7364 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/aob/mct041 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 76Web of Science - 63

Co-authors: Ross JJ; Reid JB

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2013Foo E, Yoneyama K, Hugill C, Quittenden LJ, Reid JB, 'Strigolactones: Internal and external signals in plant symbioses?', Plant Signaling and Behavior, 8, (3) Article e23168. ISSN 1559-2324 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.4161/psb.23168 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14

Co-authors: Hugill C; Quittenden LJ; Reid JB

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2013Foo E, Yoneyama K, Hugill CJ, Quittenden LJ, Reid JB, 'Strigolactones and the regulation of pea symbioses in response to nitrate and phosphate deficiency', Molecular Plant, 6, (1) pp. 76-87. ISSN 1674-2052 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/mp/sss115 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 70Web of Science - 69

Co-authors: Hugill CJ; Quittenden LJ; Reid JB

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2011Ferguson BJ, Foo E, Ross JJ, Reid JB, 'Relationship between gibberellin, ethylene and nodulation in Pisum sativum', New Phytologist, 189, (3) pp. 829-842. ISSN 0028-646X (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03542.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 30Web of Science - 29

Co-authors: Ross JJ; Reid JB

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2011Foo E, Davies NW, 'Strigolactones promote nodulation in pea', Planta: An International Journal of Plant Biology, 234, (5) pp. 1073-1081. ISSN 0032-0935 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00425-011-1516-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 80Web of Science - 75

Co-authors: Davies NW

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2008Cummings IG, Foo E, Weller JL, Reid JB, Koutoulis A, 'Blue and red photoselective shadecloths modify pea height through altered blue irradiance perceived by the cry1 photoreceptor', Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 83, (5) pp. 663-667. ISSN 1462-0316 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14620316.2008.11512440 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Cummings IG; Weller JL; Reid JB; Koutoulis A

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2007Foo E, Morris SE, Parmenter K, Young N, Wang H, et al., 'Feedback regulation of xylem cytokinin content is conserved in pea and Arabidopsis', Plant Physiology, 143, (3) pp. 1418-1428. ISSN 0032-0889 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1104/pp.106.093708 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 60Web of Science - 52

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2007Zhao X, Yu X, Foo E, Symons GM, Lopez J, et al., 'A study of gibberellin homeostasis and cryptochrome-mediated blue light inhibition of hypocotyl elongation', Plant Physiology, 145, (1) pp. 106-118. ISSN 0032-0889 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1104/pp.107.099838 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 80Web of Science - 70

Co-authors: Symons GM; Weller JL; Reid JB

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2006Foo E, Platten JD, Weller JL, Reid JB, 'PhyA and cry1 act redundantly to regulate gibberellin levels during de-etiolation in blue light', Physiologia Plantarum, 127, (1) pp. 149-156. ISSN 0031-9317 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-3054.2006.00649.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Platten JD; Weller JL; Reid JB

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2006Foo E, Ross JJ, Davies NW, Reid JB, Weller JL, 'A role for ethylene in the phytochrome-mediated control of vegetative development', The Plant Journal, 46, (6) pp. 911-921. ISSN 0960-7412 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2006.02754.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 42Web of Science - 38

Co-authors: Ross JJ; Davies NW; Reid JB; Weller JL

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2005Foo E, Bullier E, Goussot M, Foucher F, Rameau C, et al., 'The branching gene RAMOSUS1 mediates interactions among two novel signals and auxin in pea', The Plant Cell, 17, (2) pp. 464-474. ISSN 1040-4651 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1105/tpc.104.026716 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 159Web of Science - 152

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2005Platten JD, Foo E, Elliott RC, Hecht VFG, Reid JB, et al., 'Cryptochrome 1 contributes to blue-light sensing in pea', Plant Physiology, 139, (3) pp. 1472-1482. ISSN 0032-0889 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1104/pp.105.067462 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 34

Co-authors: Platten JD; Elliott RC; Hecht VFG; Reid JB; Weller JL

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2005Platten JD, Foo E, Foucher F, Hecht VFG, Reid JB, et al., 'The cryptochrome gene family in pea includes two differentially expressed CRY2 genes', Plant Molecular Biology, 59, (4) pp. 683-696. ISSN 0167-4412 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11103-005-0828-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 24

Co-authors: Platten JD; Hecht VFG; Reid JB; Weller JL

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2003Sorefan K, Booker J, Haurogne K, Goussot M, Bainbridge K, et al., 'MAX4 and RMS1 are orthologous dioxygenase-like genes that regulate shoot branching in Arabidopsis and pea', Genes and Development, 17 pp. 1469-1474. ISSN 0890-9369 (2003) [Refereed Article]

[eCite] [Details]

2001Foo E, Turnbull CGN, Beveridge CA, 'Long-distance signaling and the control of branching in the rms1 mutant of pea', Plant Physiology, 126 pp. 203-209. ISSN 0032-0889 (2001) [Refereed Article]

[eCite] [Details]

Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Foo E, 'Role of plant hormones and small signalling molecules in nodulation under P stress', Legume Nitrogen Fixation in Soils with Low Phosphorus Availability, Springer, S Sulieman, L-S Phan Tran (ed), Germany, pp. 153-167. ISBN 978-3-319-55728-1 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-55729-8_8 [eCite] [Details]

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Conference Publication

(14 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Blake SN, Barry KM, Reid JB, Foo E, 'Strigolactones, a new hormone group with roles in plant-microbe interactions', Australasian Soilborne Disease Symposium 2014, 10-13 November 2014, Hobart, Australia, pp. 10. (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Blake SN; Barry KM; Reid JB

2014Foo E, Blake S, Barry K, Reid JB, 'The role of strigolactones in plant disease', Abstracts of the 1st International Congress on Strigolactones, 1-6 March, Wageningen, The Netherlands, pp. 38. (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Blake S; Barry K; Reid JB

2013Foo E, Hugill CJ, Quittenden LJ, Reid JB, Yoneyama K, 'New roles for strigolactones in legume symbioses', Conference extract, July 29th - 2nd August 2013, Kyoto, Japan, pp. 132. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Hugill CJ; Quittenden LJ; Reid JB

2013Foo E, Quittenden LJ, Hugill CJ, Ross JJ, Reid JB, 'Responding to nutrient stress: new roles for gibberellin, auxin and strigolactones in legume symbioses', The 21st International Society of Plant Growth Substances Association, 18-22 June, 2013, Shanghai, China, pp. 1. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Quittenden LJ; Hugill CJ; Ross JJ; Reid JB

2013Foo E, Quittenden LJ, Hugill CJ, Ross JJ, Reid JB, 'Investigating the roles for gibberellin, auxin and strigolactones in legume symbioses', COMBIO Abstracts, 29th-3rd Sept, Australia, pp. 1. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Quittenden LJ; Hugill CJ; Ross JJ; Reid JB

2013Hugill CJ, Davies NW, Reid JB, Foo E, 'Strigolactones regulate early events in nodulation', The 21st International Society of Plant Growth Substances, 18-22 June, 2013, China, pp. 1. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Hugill CJ; Davies NW; Reid JB

2011Foo E, 'The role of new and old plant hormones in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis', XVIII International Botanical Congress Proceedings, 23-30 July 2011, Melbourne, pp. 494. (2011) [Conference Extract]

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2011Foo E, 'Strigolactones promote nodulation in pea', XVIII International Botanical Congress , 23 - 30 July 2011, Melbourne (2011) [Conference Extract]

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2011Foo E, Reid JB, Ross JJ, 'Exploring the interactions between gibberellin and strigolactones in branching control', XVIII International Botanical Congress Proccedings, 23-30 July 2011, Melbourne, pp. 495. (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Reid JB; Ross JJ

2006Ferguson F, Foo E, Ross JJ, Reid JB, 'Nodulation Phenotypes of Pea Mutants', Proceedings of 8th International Congress on Plant Molecular Biology , August 20-25 2006, Adelaide, South Australia. (2006) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ross JJ; Reid JB

2006Foo E, Ross JJ, Davies NW, Reid JB, 'A role for ethylene in the phytochrome-mediated control of vegetative development', Proceedings of 8th International Congress on Plant Molecular Biology , August 20-25 2006, Adelaide, South Australia (2006) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ross JJ; Davies NW; Reid JB

2006Foo E, Ross JJ, Weller JL, Reid JB, 'A role for ethylene in the phytochrome-mediated control of Vegetative Development', Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Legume Genomics and Genetics , April 9, 2006 , Brisbane , Queensland. Aus. (2006) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ross JJ; Weller JL; Reid JB

2005Foo E, Ross JJ, Weller JL, Reid JB, 'A role for ethylene in the phytochrome-mediated control of elongation', Proceedings of ComBio2005, 25 - 29 September, 2005, Adelaide, Australia (2005) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ross JJ; Weller JL; Reid JB

2004Foo E, Platten JD, Smith JJ, Ross JJ, Weller JL, et al., 'phya and cry1 are both required for regulation of gibbereelin levels under blue light', IPGSA Conference 2004, 20-24 September 2004, Australian National University Canberra, pp. 129. (2004) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Platten JD; Smith JJ; Ross JJ; Weller JL; Reid JB

Grants & Funding

Eloise currently holds two ARC projects, Future Fellowship (Decoding the signals in legume symbioses: investigating the role of plant hormones, $701,976) and Discovery Grant (The role of plant hormones in legume symbioses, $436,000). She has previously held an ARC Early Career Fellowship (The Role of Plant Hormones in Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis, $ 268,000). She has also been awarded two UTAS Research Enhancement grants.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

8

Total funding

$1,467,206

Projects

Bioplatforms Australia (BPA) - collaborative research (2016)$15,000
Description
Funds will be used to procure services from BPA that will support proteomics and research projects on, respectively, molecular mechanisms of DFTD and the physiological response of diatoms to environmental stresses.
Funding
Bioplatforms Australia Ltd ($15,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wilson RR; Foo E; King AE; Tovar Lopez CD; Martin AR
Year
2016
Strigolactones and plant-microbe interactions; identifying new strigolactones in model legumes (2016)$12,000
Description
My proposed research will be carried out in collaboration with Prof Yoneyama and will examine the biosynthesis and transport of novel strigolactone plant hormones in the legumes pea and lupin. Importantly, by comparing and contrasting lupin and pea we will begin to asses the relative contribution of canonical and MeCLA strigolactones to nodulation and mycorrhizal symbioses. This is fundamental information that is required to fully define the role of strigolactones in these important interactions. As strigolactones are currently being assessed as potential tools to improve crop performance such information will be essential to balance potential gains in improved resistance to parasitic weeds and altered plant architecture with potential impacts on nutrients gained via the symbioses. Prof Yoneyamas laboratory is a world-leader in the extraction, identification and quantification of novel SLs and his expertise in this area will add enormously to my own expertise in the quantification of canonical SLs in pea that is already in place in my laboratory
Funding
Australian Academy of Science ($12,000)
Scheme
Fellowship-JSPS Invitation (Short Term)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Foo E
Year
2016
Investigating the viability of commercial mycorrhizal inoculum (2015 - 2016)$2,730
Description
Testing commercial mycorrhizal products to see if they are viabla and effective.
Funding
Sustainable Liquid Technology Unit Trust ($2,730)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Foo E
Period
2015 - 2016
The role of plant hormones in legume symbioses (2014 - 2016)$436,000
Description
Soil microbes can give plants access to previously unavailable but essential nutrients through symbioses. Legumes are unique as they form symbioses with both nitrogen-fixing bacteria and with mycorrhizal fungi that supply nutrients such as phosphate. This project will investigate the role of the plant hormones (small, mobile, potent growth regulators) in the formation of these symbiotic relationships across legume genera. An insight into the common and divergent roles of hormones in these symbioses is essential to provide researchers and breeders with new tools to maximise nutrient acquisition by legumes, important crops contributing an estimated A$1 billion/y to the Australian economy.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($436,000)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Reid JB; Foo E; Davies NW; Smith JA
Period
2014 - 2016
Grant Reference
DP140101709
Decoding the signals in legume symbioses: investigating the role of plant hormones (2014 - 2018)$701,976
Description
Plants form intimate relationships with soil microbes that give plants access to previously unavailable but essential nutrients. Legumes are major Australian crops for fodder, grain and nutrients, and are unique in forming symbioses with both nitrogen-fixing bacteria and with mycorrhizal fungi that supply nutrients such as phosphate. The project will determine the role of plant hormones (small, mobile, potent growth regulators) in the formation of these relationships. In particular, the role of interactions between hormones and other novel plant signals will be determined. An insight into the common and divergent roles of hormones in these symbioses is essential to provide new tools to maximise nutrient acquisition.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($701,976)
Scheme
Fellowship-Future
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Foo E
Period
2014 - 2018
Grant Reference
FT140100770
Plant defense against disease: the role of the new plant hormone strigolactone (2014)$14,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($14,500)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Foo E
Year
2014
Regulation of nutrient Acquisition in Legumes (2011)$17,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($17,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Reid JB; Foo E
Year
2011
The Role of Plant Hormones in Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis (2007 - 2009)$268,000
Description
Arbuscular Mycorrhizal (AM) symbiosis is the intimate association that can form between the roots of more than 80% of plant species and a group of soil fungi. AM associations can promote plant health by enhancing nutrient uptake, drought tolerance and resistance to soil pathogens. This project will advance our understanding of how plants establish and regulate this important symbiosis by defining the role of plant-derived hormones in AM development. This will be achieved using a series of well-characterised pea hormone mutants, gene expression studies and hormone quantification and will provide novel insights to harness this beneficial symbiosis for agriculture.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($268,000)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Foo E
Period
2007 - 2009
Grant Reference
DP0772348

Research Supervision

Eloise has supervised three Honours students and currently co-supervises 3 PhD students. She is currently seeking Honours, Masters and PhD students to work on a variety of projects supported by her ARC Discovery Grant. Projects include examining novel roles for plant hormones in nodulation, mycorrhizla associations and plant-pathogen interactions. The projects include a range of techniques (whole plant physiology, gene expression, hormone analysis) and can be tailored to fit a students interests. Please contact Eloise (Eloise.foo@utas.edu.au) for more information, including help applying for scholarships.

Current

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDPlant Hormones and Seed Development2014
PhDThe Role of Plant Signals in Plant - Microbe Interactions2016
PhDThe Involvement of Strigolactones, Cytokinins and Related Messenger Compounds in Symbioses and Nutrient Acquisition2017