News & events

Dr Kai Chan, Group Leader and ARC Decra Fellow awarded 2023 Westpac Research Fellowship

As the urgency for climate solutions increases globally, Westpac Scholars Trust supports successful scholars to research to solve some of Australia’s greatest environmental challenges.

Scientists use plants to seed solutions for recycling valuable metals and minerals

Scientists from ANU are drawing inspiration from plants to develop new techniques to separate and extract valuable minerals, metals and nutrients from resource-rich wastewater.

How to grow plants on the moon

Not content with the challenging conditions for crop production here on Earth, Associate Professor Caitlin Byrt is lending her expertise to an ambitious space mission to grow plants on the moon.


PS PhD Exit Seminar - Tender freaks: Exploring resilience to global change among fringe-dwelling forest species.

3.30pm 9 Jun 2023
Global climate change is challenging many forested ecosystems with drought, mean temperature increases, heat waves, and biotic agent outbreaks.

PS Seminar Series: A hard day's night; determining a role for stomatal conductance in nocturnal heat tolerance

12pm 14 Jun 2023
Nocturnal stomatal conductance (gsn) represents a significant, enigmatic source of water-loss, with implications for whole plant metabolism, thermal regulation and water-use efficiency.

PS Seminar Series: Advances in plant and microbial science: approaches to address global food and climate security

4pm 24 Jul 2023
Talk followed by panel discussion about future directions in Plant Science.

Event recordings

4 November 2022

Tom Schreiber, Post-doctoral Fellow, Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry

Transcription activator-like effectors (TALEs) are Type-III-effector proteins mainly found in phytopathogenic Xanthomonas species.

2 November 2022

Jodi Young, ANU Honorary Senior Lecturer

Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface, play a vital role in global climate and are home to varied and productive ecosystems.

21 October 2022

Ana Laura Furlan, Postdoc, CONCIET and National University of Rio Cuarto (Córdoba, Argentina)

The research line is devoted to the study of the interaction between peanuts and beneficial microorganisms.

12 October 2022

Assoc Professor David Collings, The University of Newcastle

Phi thickenings are peculiar secondary cell wall thickenings that form reinforcing bands around the radial walls of cortical cells in plant roots, a location where only a primary...

7 October 2022

Andres Garcia, PhD candidate, Atkin Group - Plant respiration in a changing world

Global crop yields per hectare have plateaued in recent years while consumption and population continue to grow.

28 September 2022

Mareike Moeller, Postdoc, Oregon State University, USA

The ability to rapidly adapt to changing environments, especially to artificial environments created by industrial agriculture and modern medicine, is crucial for the success of...

21 September 2022

John Passioura, Visiting Fellow, The Australian National University

‘Translational research’ became an increasingly common term when it was realised that much agriculturally inspired basic research failed to contribute to the improvement of crops.

26 August 2022

Edward E. Farmer, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Slow wave potentials propagate from sites of damage to distal leaves in wounded plants.

12 August 2022

Dr James P B Lloyd, University of Western Australia's School of Molecular Sciences and ARC CoE in Plant Energy Biology

Plant biotechnology predominantly relies on a restricted set of genetic parts with limited capability to customize spatiotemporal and conditional expression patterns.

22 July 2022

Julie Leroux - PS PhD Candidate, Pogson Group

As sessile organisms, plants have evolved a multitude of mechanisms to acclimate to their environment enabling the plant to optimise development and reproduction, and fight off or...