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Heritability and plasticity of cyanogenesis in wild and domesticated sorghum

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posted on 01.12.2019, 22:47 authored by MAXIM FERGUS COWAN
The crop plant sorghum can generate hydrogen cyanide as a defence against herbivores, in a process known as cyanogenesis. This thesis explores the diversity and evolution of cyanogenesis in domesticated and closely related wild species of sorghum. It contributes to a growing body of evidence suggesting that compounds in the cyanogenic pathway are not restricted to purely defensive roles. The findings provide insights into the use of wild species as a way to improve the performance of crop species.

History

Campus location

Australia

Principal supervisor

Roslyn Gleadow

Additional supervisor 1

Cecilia Blomstedt

Year of Award

2019

Department, School or Centre

Biological Sciences

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE