Halophytes for high saline agriculture

A current ARC Linkage project, Halophytes for high-saline agriculture, is aimed to investigate the suitability and optimise the performance of selected halophytes for a variety of soil types and environmental conditions. The project will also provide deep insights in the cellular and ionic mechanisms underlying salinity tolerance in halophytes.

Specifically, we will:

  1. reveal identity of Na+ transport systems in various halophyte families;
  2. understand the role of specific K+ transport systems contributing to maintenance of K+ homeostasis in halophyte roots and leaves;
  3. characterise functional properties and gating modes of vacuolar channels mediating Na+ and K+ transport across the tonoplast in different halophyte families; and
  4. reveal mechanisms regulating Na+ and K+ transport in salt gland cells.