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Australian Research Council Discovery Project

The targeting of macromolecules to alter mitochondrial function

Mitochondria are essential organelles involved in energy production and specific metabolic pathways in plant

cells that require the import of cytosolic tRNA to function. To date our knowledge on the mechanisms of

tRNA import is limited. This proposal seeks to characterise putative receptors and mechanisms with the

purpose of exploiting these insights to allow for the manipulation and modification of macromolecule

targeting to mitochondria. The ability to modify or alter mitochondrial biogenesis and activity will allow for new

approaches to be undertaken to increase plant growth, productivity and resistance to stress.


Australian Research Council Future Fellowships

Characterizing the regulators of mitochondrial biogenesis in Arabidopsis thaliana

The overall aim of this project is to identify and characterize the underlying regulatory factors that control

mitochondrial mass and number in plants. I will exploit a regulatory mechanism that links the mitochondrial

import machinery and the respiratory chain. Utilising both forward and reverse genetic approaches, the

abundances of protein import translocases will be altered and the changes to mitochondrial biogenesis will

be investigated. This will identify regulatory factors, which can be manipulated and used to alter

mitochondrial number and activity.



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