Location University of Queensland, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
Discipline
App. deadline Applications accepted year round/until filled
Funding
  • Self funding students only
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Optimisation of a tissue-culture pipeline for commercial avocado propagation

Suitable for Honours, or MSc or PhD applying for own scholarship.

Clonal propagation of genetically identical plantlets is intrinsic to the production and propagation of elite genotypes of horticultural and woody species including avocado. However, the horticultural and forestry industries can lose millions of dollars every year due to lack of elite rootstock cultivars. The Mitter lab has developed a working pipeline for clonal avocado propagation in tissue culture, as a viable solution to this problem. This project aims to take this project forward to real-world outcomes, by translating our current tissue culture pipeline to new industry-relevant rootstock cultivars. There may also be opportunity to profile molecular and histological factors involved with shoot and root induction. The student will work closely with other members of the Mitter laboratory and with industry partners to aim to develop a viable commercial system for avocado propagation. It is expected that the student will learn valuable techniques in project design, plant tissue-culture/in vitro techniques, plant molecular, histological and physiological work (including hormonal response assays, microscopy, RNA extractions and qRTPCR).

Location: Mitter Laboratory, QAAFI Centre for Plant Science, Queensland Bioscience Precinct, UQ St Lucia campus, Brisbane
Contact supervisors: A/Prof. Neena Mitter (mailto:n.mitter@uq.edu.au) and Dr Alice Hayward (mailto:a.hayward@uq.edu.au)



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Dr Alice Hayward