Dr Caitlin Byrt

Dr Caitlin Byrt
 Position Postdoctoral Fellow
 Org Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
 Email caitlin.byrt@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 6652
 Location Floor/Room 1 88 ,  Plant Research Centre ,   Waite
  • Awards & Achievements

    2015 Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

    2015 Australian Institute of Policy and Science SA Young Tall Poppy Award nominee

    2014 University of Adelaide Edith Dornwell Medal for Early-Career Research Excellence

    2011 Journal of Integrative Plant Biology Best Expert Review Article Award (Byrt et al. 2011 JIPB)

    2007 Award for Excellence in Team Research, CSIRO Plant Industry Chief's Award. 


    Science Communication: contribution to the educational documentary Seed Hunter (www.seedhunter.com).A documentary about the importance of genetic diversity of germplasm in giving plant breeders the ability to develop new high yielding, high quality varieties that can resist environmental stresses.


  • Research Interests

    Research interests:

    Salinity tolerance in wheat

    Membrane biology

    Sodium transport proteins

    Phloem transport of resource

    Sucrose transport proteins

    Carbon partitioning in sorghum

    Manipulation of plant cell wall traits

    Plant physiology and molecular biology


  • Publications

    Journal papers

    Li, B., Byrt, C. S., Qiu, J., Baumann, U., Hrmova, M., Evrard, A., Johnson, A. A. T., Birnbaum, K. D., Mayo, G. M., Jha, D., Henderson, S. W., Tester, M., Gilliham, M., Roy, S. J. (2015). Identification of a stelar-localised transport protein that facilitates root-to-shoot transfer of chloride in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology, pp-01163.

    Ermawar RA, Collins HM, Byrt CS, Henderson M, O’Donovan LA, Shirley NJ, Schwerdt J, Lahnstein J, Fincher GB and Burton RA (2015) Genetics and physiology of cell wall polysaccharides in the model C4 grass, Setaria viridis spp. BMC Plant Biology. DOI: 10.1186/s12870-015-0624-0

    Corbin KR, Byrt CS, Bauer S, DeBolt S, Chambers D, Holtum JAM, Karem G, Henderson M, Lahnstein J, Beahan CT, Bacic A, Fincher GB, Betts NS and Burton RA (2015) Prospecting for Energy-Rich Renewable Raw Materials: Agave Leaf Case Study. PloS one 10, no. 8: e0135382

    Corbin, Kendall R., Yves SY Hsieh, Natalie S. Betts, Caitlin S. Byrt, Marilyn Henderson, Jozsef Stork, Seth DeBolt, Geoffrey B. Fincher, and Rachel A. Burton. "Grape marc as a source of carbohydrates for bioethanol: chemical composition, pre-treatment and saccharification." Bioresource Technology (2015). doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2015.06.030

    Ermawar RA, Collins HM, Byrt CS, Betts NS, Henderson M, Shirley NJ, Schwerdt J, Lahnstein J, Fincher GB, Burton RA (2015) Distribution, structure and biosynthetic gene families of (1,3;1,4)-β-glucan in Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology DOI: 10.1111/jipb.12338

    Byrt CS, Xu B, Krishnan M, Lightfoot D, Athman A, Jacobs A, Watson-Haigh N, Munns R, Tester M and Gilliham M (2014) The Na+ transporter, TaHKT1;5-D, limits shoot Na+ accumulation in bread wheat. The Plant Journal. DOI: 10.1111/tpj.12651

    Martin AP, Palmer WM, Byrt CS, Furbank RT, Grof CP (2013) A holistic high-throughput screening framework for biofuel feedstock assessment that characterises variations in soluble sugars and cell wall composition in Sorghum bicolor. Biotechnology for Biofuels 6.1:186.

    Milne RJ, Byrt CS, Patrick JW, Grof CPL (2013) Are sucrose transporter expression profiles linked with patterns of biomass partitioning in Sorghum phenotypes? Frontiers in Plant Science 4:223. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2013.00223.

    Byrt CS, Cahyanegara R, Grof CPL (2012) Plant carbohydrate binding module enhances activity of hybrid microbial cellulose enzyme. Frontiers in Plant Science doi: 10.3389/fpls.2012.00254.

    Munns R, James RA, Xu B, Athman A, Conn SJ, Jordans C, Byrt CS, Hare RA, Tyerman SD, Tester M, Plett D and Gilliham M (2012) Wheat grain yield on saline soils is improved by an ancestral Na+ transporter gene. Nature Biotechnology 30:360-366.

    Byrt CS, Grof CPL and Furbank RT (2011) C4 plants as biofuel feedstocks: Optimising biomass production and feedstock quality from a lignocellulosic perspective. J Integrative Plant Biol. 53:120-135.

    James RA, Blake C, Byrt CS, Munns R (2011) Major genes for Na+ exclusion Nax1 and Nax2 (wheat HKT1;4 and HKT1;5) decrease Na+ accumulation in bread wheat under saline and waterlogged conditions. J. Exp. Bot. 62:2939-2947.

    Kibble NAJ, Sohani MM, Shirley N, Byrt CS, Roessner U, Bacic A, Schmidt O and Schultz CJ (2009) Phylogenetic analysis and functional characterization of strictosidine synthase-like genes in Arabidopsis thaliana. Functional Plant Biol. 36:1098-1109.

    Byrt CS, Munns R (2008) Living with salinity. New Phytologist 179:903-905.

    Byrt CS, Platten JD, Spielmeyer W, James RA, Lagudah ES, Dennis ES, Tester M, Munns R (2007) HKT1;5-like cation transporters linked to Na+ exclusion loci in wheat, Nax2 and Kna1. Plant Physiology 143:1918-1928.

    Book Chapters
    Grof CPL, Byrt CS, Patrick JW (2013) “Phloem transport of resources”, in Moore PH and Botha FC (Eds) Physiology, Biochemistry and Functional Biology of Sugarcane. John Wiley & Sons.

    Byrt CS, Betts NB, Farrohki N, Burton RA (2012) Chapter 7: Deconstructing plant biomass: cell wall structure and novel manipulation strategies in Biofuel Crops Production, Physiology and Genetics. Edited by B P Singh. Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI).


    An enzyme. Australian provisional application No. 2010904236 filed 20/9/2010.

    Polynucleotides and methods for enhancing salinity tolerance in plants. Wipo Patent WO/2008/006169; US provisional application No. 60/830754 filed 12/7/06.

    Salt tolerant plants. Australian provisional application No. 20069047 filed 31/9/06.




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