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Ross Dennis

Ross is studying sugar sensing in cereal seed and plant development, in particular the role of Trehalose-6-phosphate signalling. Trehalose-6P is a sugar phosphate present in very low concentrations throughout the plant and is thought to provide a link between the supply of carbon from photosynthesis and demand for sugar in developing organs such as grains. Little is known about how this sugar sensing pathway operates in cereals such as wheat so Ross has plenty of work to do.

Ross is a PhD student working jointly between CSIRO and CoETP, supervised by Jean-Phillipe Ral and Bob Furbank.