Understanding Boron deficiency responses in pea through multi-omics analysis

Xi Chen

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Boron (B) deficiency leads to diminished crop yields. This thesis employed multi-omics approaches to investigate the pea plant's responses to B deficiency. Such approaches offer a comprehensive and integrative view, capturing the complexity and interconnectedness of molecular networks. Transcriptomic and metabolomic analyses spotlighted the roles of jasmonate signalling, cell wall remodelling, phenylpropanoid biosynthesis, and oxidative stress responses. Single-cell RNA-seq revealed specific responses in different cell types within the shoot apices. Moreover, B deficiency led to the downregulation of chromatin remodelling genes, which explains the impaired shoot apical meristem development. These insights suggest potential targets for breeding B stress-tolerant crops.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Shabala, Sergey, Supervisor
  • Finnegan, Patrick, Supervisor
  • Smith, Steven M., Supervisor, External person
  • Yu, Min, Supervisor
Award date22 Feb 2024
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023


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