Phytochemistry of hybrid Anigozanthos (kangaroo paw) flowers
Researchers at Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth WA have been breeding new varieties of native plants that exhibit more desirable characteristics such as different colouring, extended flowering season and more compact forms. As part of this research, often different coloured flowers are obtained that are not seen in natural settings, such as the unique kangaroo paw known as ’Kings Park Royale’.
The aim of this project is to elucidate the chemistry behind these colours with a focus on kangaroo paws and investigate the biosynthetic pathways for some of these chemical compounds. This will better inform breeding programs and aid in producing even more unique varieties in a wide range of plant genera.
This project will involve natural products isolation and identification with the option to explore biochemical pathways of these natural compounds as the project progresses.
Further details can be found here: https://www.uwa.edu.au/projects/phytochemistry-of-hybrid-anigozanthos-kangaroo-paw-flowers
Applicants must have completed an honours degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry/Genetics or equivalent, and be able to provide evidence of English language proficiency.
Experience in natural products chemistry and biochemical pathways would be an advantage.
Hendra, R. and Keller, P.A., Journal of Natural Products, 80, 2141-2145, (2017)