Plant environmental biology and functional ecology

Patchwork of forest and cleared land

How plants respond to the environment is of fundamental importance to understanding plant evolution, biodiversity and responses to future climate change. At the Research School of Biology, we apply fundamental knowledge of plant function to understand how plants adapt and acclimate to different environments, and how this determines the function of plant-based ecosystems.

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Highlights

Adrienne Nicotra

Lab research focus Current research in the lab explores themes in plant evolutionary ecophysiology with a focus on the influence of phenotypic...

Australia and the ‘genomics revolution’

From little things, big things could grow
We have heard about the government’s ‘Ideas Boom’. How about making ideas ‘bloom’? With the right policies, Australia could reap the rewards of an...

How rice loves sunrise and sunset

PhD candidate Zara Rashid from the RSB Atkin lab and the ARC Centre for Plant Enery Biology discusses her research into the photosynthesis and...

Michael Roderick

Lab research Mainly looking at how water availability has changed, both globally, and in Australia, and how it might change in future, with special...

Owen Atkin

Group research focus The major foci of my lab's research are understanding : (1) the role of genotype and environment in controlling variations in...

News

13
Jul
2017
Due to a continued growth in commitments, Justin Borevitz has stepped aside from the formal directorship of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) ANU node. Dr Tim Brown...
24
Apr
2017
Perched 30m above the Daintree Rainforest, Australia’s latest piece of high-tech environmental surveillance kit is keeping watch. 24 hours a day the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research...
16
Jan
2017
Check out this great video of the December 2016 Functional Ecology undergraduate field trip, made by RSB's own Pip Beale. Pip, a PhD student in the Ecology and Evolution division...
24
Mar
2016
Plants from all over the globe respond to temperature changes in remarkably similar ways, researchers have found. The finding has important implications for climate modelling. The...
19
Feb
2016
The Loyd T Evans Growth Facility (PGF) on the Philippine campus of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) was officially opened on 21 January 2016. The USD $10 million  ...
24
Nov
2015
Vulnerability to internal plumbing failure puts the tallest trees in rainforests at increased risk of death during drought, a study in the Amazon forests in Brazil has found. The...
12
Nov
2015
A team of Australian researchers will contribute to a G20 nations plan to strengthen future, global food security by making more energy efficient wheat. According to The Food and...
20
Aug
2015
Shujuan Zhang, a former student of the Atkin lab and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, has been selected for the prestigious German Federal Ministry of...
10
Aug
2015
Professor Michael Roderick and Professor Hugh O'Neill have been admitted as Fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for their exceptional contribution to Earth and space...
01
Jul
2015
The ANU and CSIRO have joined forces in a new collaborative precinct to help build a sustainable future for the environment, agriculture and global food supplies. The National...

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