News & events

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.

ANU to support Aussie start-up in growing plants on the moon

ANU will lend its unique expertise in plant biology to an ambitious mission led by Australian space start-up Lunaria One that aims to grow plants on the moon by as early as 2025. 


Event recordings

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...

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.