The newly launched ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture is cultivating the next crop of plant science experts. Administered by The University of Queensland, the collaborative research initiative aims to develop tools to improve plant productivity and resiliency. Deputy Centre Director (Research) Professor Mark Cooper said the next generation of plant scientists was urgently needed to tackle the
The Australian Research Council (ARC) officially launched the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture on Thursday 11 August 2022. ARC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ms Judi Zielke, said the Centre’s work will only become increasingly important as our climate continues to change. “As the amount of arable land decreases, we need research that boosts food
Increasing crop production is at the core of achieving food security in the 21st century. A group of scientists is addressing this challenge by studying shoot branching, one of the key factors affecting yield. They simulated breeding trials with selection for branching using computational simulations ofgene-controlled traits. They found that selection for branching is difficult due to the complex interactions among
Dr Franziska Fichtner is a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Christine Beveridge’s lab at The University of Queensland Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture. Franzi specialises in plant metabolism and sugar-signalling. Where do you work and what is it like living in your city?I am working at the University of Queensland located in Brisbane (Australia).