Associate Professor Colin Jenkins

Associate Professor (Principle Research Fellow)

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (305)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
Following undergraduate and doctoral studies in the UK, A/Prof Jenkins moved to Australia and carried out Post-doctoral studies under the guidance of Dr MD Hatch in CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra, and subsequently was employed in CSIRO Plant Industry in various projects until 2010 as Principal Resarch Scientist, before relocating to Flinders University in 2011, as an Associate Researcher with the Plant Science group in Biological Sciences
Ph.D. 1979, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Research expertise
Agricultural biotechnology
Biochemistry and cell biology
Crop and pasture production
Molecular biology
Research interests

The underlying theme of Dr Jenkins research career has been plant carbon assimilation, metabolism and utilisation, at molecular, biochemical, physiological and field growth level. This has included contributions to the areas: C4 photosynthesis, including gas exchange, enzymology, modelling, regulation, energetics, and the effects of exogenous chemicals; carbon partitioning and growth, including partitioning of so-called water-soluble carbohydrates to stems and their subsequent mobilisation to developing grain, at the molecular biochemical and field level; and responses of plants to abiotic stress, particularly drought, More recent research areas include plant carbohydrates, and ongoing studies associated with plant oxidative stress.

Supervisory interests
Genetically modified plants
Plant metabolism and stress
Regulation of organic acid metabolism in plants
Respiration in plant growth
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Plant sucrose transport, metabolism, and nutrition (1), Plant oxidative stress and mitochondria (4)

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