Project Title:

The development of a biochemical barcode for salinity

 

Contact Person:

Dr. Daniel Murphy - Molecular Systematist, Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne

 

Organisations completing the R&D:

Swinburne University of Technology & Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne

Funding organisations:

Swinburne University of Technology

 

Key Researchers:

M. Bhave, J. Ranjith and D. J. Murphy

 

Goals of the research:

To investigate the development of a biochemical barcode for the detection of salinity tolerance in Australian native plants for land restoration, agriculture or landscaping. In this project acacias have been used as a test case and we have focussed on species being used by the NUFG

 

Relationship to the NUFG:

NUFG members have supplied seeds of Acacia species being used for agroforestry. These are being used as a test case to develop a "biochemical barcode for salinity"

 

Timeframes:

 

This project is being funded for 1 year. The first stage of this project is due for completion at the beginning of 2007

Comments from researchers:

 

We have found our collaborations with the NUFG to be very valuable both in terms of access to plant material and ideas. The work that the NUFG is doing provides a practical example of the value of research being conducted on Acacia
Website:

http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/research_and_conservation/scientificcollections
_staff/dan_murphy

 

Website:

http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/acacia2006/