Prof Juan Vorster

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Programme Leader: Molecular Plant Physiology


My research focus on plant stress physiology, and in particular, how plants adapt to stress. Sustainable crop production in dryer environments is becoming increasingly important under changing climate conditions. Over the last 10 years, my research group has studied the impact of drought on soybean and its ability to fix nitrogen under drought conditions. This has led to the identification of key genes that regulate development under stress that can be used to select more drought tolerant cultivars. More recently, my research has also included the study of herbicide resistance mechanisms in weeds and the development of effective management strategies to ensure effective and sustainable crop production.