The Australian Research Council has awarded four La Trobe University researchers a combined $1.6 million in funding in the 2021 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme.
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Dr Ghazanfar Khan (La Trobe Institute for Agriculture and Food, School of Life Sciences, commencing 2021) – $453,675
Dr Khan aims to transform our understanding of the relationship between nutrient availability and plant defence. His ambition is to uncover the molecular mechanisms underlying this process, aiming to provide new approaches to breeding crop plants with improved nitrogen use efficiency and disease resistance. The project will benefit agriculture by reducing the use of costly fertilisers and pesticides and mitigate the huge environmental damage they cause.