News & events

Scientists closer to outsmarting malaria parasites

Researchers have discovered why malaria parasites are vulnerable to some drug therapies but resistant to others, offering scientists another piece of the puzzle in the global fight against the disease.

Could our food choices have a positive green impact?

Making good food choices is necessary both for ourselves and for the planet, says plant scientist Professor Justin Borevitz.

Zooming in on legumes offers hope for nitrogen pollution crisis

While Angus Rae focuses intently on a captivating microscopic world, he is actually working towards a solution for an environmental catastrophe occurring on a global scale.


PS Seminar Series - When to open or close the door: exploring cell-to-cell communication via plasmodesmata closure in stress signalling

3.30pm 8 Jul 2022
Cell-to-cell communication is essential for the co-ordination of responses in all multicellular organisms. One mechanism plants employ as defence against pathogens is restriction of cell-to-cell communication by plasmodesmata closure during infection.

Event recordings

10 June 2022

Prof Yong-Ling Ruan - Honorary Group Leader, Division of Plant Sciences, The Australian National University

Source-to-sink allocation of, and sink-to-sink competition for, photoassimilates, mainly in the form of sucrose, play a key role in determining energy and resource distribution in...

25 May 2022

A/Prof Mathew G. Lewsey - Co-Deputy Director, ARC Research Hub for Medicinal Agriculture, La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia

Seeds provide 70% of global food resources, being the most valuable output from plant production. They also play a critical role in agriculture because the lifecycle of most crops...

25 March 2022

Professor Andrew Borrell, Crop Physiologist, The University of Queensland

Plants are sessile organisms and are therefore unable to seek out environmental conditions optimal for their growth and development.

19 November 2021

Professor James Schnable, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Research interests - Working on developing new methods to combine information from corn, sorghum, and related orphan crops and wild species to identify genetic changes that alter...

17 November 2021

Dr Bayantes Dagvadorj, Postdoctoral Researcher, Solomon Group, RSB, ANU

The wheat necrotrophic fungal pathogen, Parastagonospora nodorum, secretes effector proteins to manipulate host immunity and promote successful infection.

29 October 2021

Haochen Wei, PhD Student, Solomon Group, RSB, ANU

Bipolaris sorokiniana is a hemibiotrophic pathogen causing spot blotch (SB) and common root rot (CRR) in both wheat and barley, and is causal to significant yield and economic...

20 October 2021

Professor Julian Hibberd, Professor, University of Cambridge

Prior to the discovery of C4 photosynthesis by Hal Hatch and Roger Slack in 1966 there were clues that some plants partitioned photosynthesis between specific leaf cell types.

13 October 2021

Professor Susanne von Caemmerer, Emeritus Professor, RSB, ANU

Mathematical models of leaf photosynthesis provide a mechanistic base for predicting and assessing changes in photosynthetic CO2 fixation in different environments and provide a...

24 September 2021

Bradley Posch, PhD Student, Atkin Group, RSB, ANU

With the onset of climate change we have seen ongoing increases in mean global temperature, including a rise in night temperatures that has outpaced the rate of daytime warming.

12 May 2021

Dr Maria Ermakova, Post Doc, Furbank and von Caemmerer Group, RSB, ANU

Photosynthetic improvement has become a major focus for researchers seeking to increase yields of crop plants.