Professor Christine Beveridge's interest is in plant development.
Christine' lab focuses on understanding the role of plant hormones in the regulation and coordination of plant development. We are particularly interested shoot architecture because it is a variable trait that is important in crop production and horticulture. Recently, we discovered strigolactone as the novel plant hormone that has been long been elusive but known to be involved in shoot branching. Strigolactone is important for nutrient uptake, is involved in attracting extemely harmful parasitic weeds and is involved in several developmental processes such as adventitious rooting (e.g., rooting from cuttings), secondary growth (wood production) and root development. We discover genetic networks underpinning these process and identify how they link together to control plant productivity and response to environment.
Christine is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, a Highy Cited Researcher (http://highlycited.com/), past President of the International Plant Growth Substances Association and an ARC Laureate Fellow. Christine has been funded as Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture, commencing 2020.