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