Author: watersmt

Been a while… so here are two new pubs

Source: Brewer et al (2016) PNAS
Source: Brewer et al (2016) PNAS

Getting a lab established takes some time and effort – and I’ve been neglecting the “news” section of this site! So, as a little update, two new publications we’ve been involved with in the past few weeks:

Congratulations to Phil Brewer and Christine Beveridge at UQ, who have been working very hard on LBO, a new gene in Arabidopsis involved in strigolactone biosynthesis. It’s just been published at PNAS – check it out! It included substantial contributions from Kaori & Koichi Yoneyama, among many others. And of course the local boys, Adrian Scaffidi, Gavin Flematti, Steve Smith and myself here at UWA.

Meanwhile, we four have just published a timely review on the importance of stereochemistry in strigolactone biology. We did not think it was a particularly controversial piece – it merely discussed the recent contributions to the field with a little interpretation for good measure – but we certainly had a struggle appeasing a fussy reviewer! Read it here as part of a special issue of Planta on strigolactones.

New PhD positions available

project1_imageGreat news! We’ve advertised two new PhD projects on the UWA website:

  1. Smoke alarm: Discovering new signalling compounds that operate in plants
  2. Exploiting chemical signals to boost plant performance

A brief description of each project is given in the links above, but please contact Mark for more details or to express your interest. The positions are subject to an application for a scholarship and specific eligibility requirements for entry to UWA; as always, we can help you in the application process.


Be careful with your antibodies

Source: and Human Protein Atlas

Antibodies against common cellular targets (e.g. ubiquitin) are available from many different commercial sources. But are they all created equally? And are they appropriately validated to demonstrate specificity? This is important, because poorly characterised antibodies can yield unreliable results, and non-reproducibility between different labs. Read more