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Biochemistry research at Otago: Biodiversity and agricultural productivity

Much of the research grouped under the biodiversity and agricultural productivity banner investigates the genetics and biochemistry of plants and other agriculturally relevant species, aiming to enhance agricultural productivity. Research specialties range from the molecular mechanisms of plant development, reproduction and photosynthesis, through to body shape development during honeybee embryogenesis and finding new ways to use by-products from the dairy industry.

Researchers also investigate some of the fascinating molecular mechanisms that are found in the diverse wildlife outside of the main focus of human activity, such as cold adaptation in Antarctic fish and chemotaxis of Kauri dieback disease bacteria.

2D-PAGE-proteins

Bioactivity of agricultural by-products

beeHoney

Evolution and development

Synechocystis flasks

Photosynthesis

KauriDieback

Microbial chemotaxis

Antarctic fauna

Cold adaptation