Dr Emma de Courcy-Ireland

Casual Professional

Research Development and Support

place Union Building
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy

Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)

Research expertise
Agricultural biotechnology
Biochemistry and cell biology
Plant biology
Research interests

My Honours and PhD projects, supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation, focused on deciphering the mechanism by which a plant disease resistance protein is activated to initiate cellular plant disease prevention systems.

I have since moved to James Stangoulis’ Plant Nutrition Laboratory. Our current research is focused on identifying genes or genetic regions that can be integrated into plant breeding programs that aim to increase the concentration of zinc in staple food crops. More than 2 billion people around the globe are deficient in key micronutrients like zinc and the individual, social and economic costs of micronutrient deficiencies are high. A diet based largely or solely on nutrient-poor staples is the major contributing factor to this problem. The creation of new staple crops varieties that are naturally enriched (biofortified) in micronutrients is therefore part of the solution to eliminating these deficiencies and their associated costs. The work of the Plant Nutrition Lab is supported by HarvestPlus and the Australian Research Council.

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