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Associate Professor Penelope Smith Associate Professor, Animal Plant & Soil Sciences

Penny's research focuses on two main areas, the legume-rhizobia symbiosis and legume food allergies. She has a special interest in proteins that are important for nutrient transport between legumes and their rhizobial symbionts. As part of this work her group completed a proteomic analysis of the symbiosome membrane. She is also working to understand what makes an efficient interaction to maximise nitrogen fixation in the symbiosis and the importance of phosphorus for these processes.
She has also focussed on characterizing the proteins in lupin seeds that are responsible for causing allergic reactions in humans and their relationship to peanut allergens.

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