After Chairing the Centre’s Advisory Committee (CAC) over the past couple of years it is timely for me to reflect on some of our meeting outcomes. Committee members were invited onto the CAC because of their experience in government, industry, community and indigenous affairs, as well as research and academic leadership. Importantly, we also have welcomed a Centre Early Career Researcher (ECR)
As of today, the Centre for Plant Success has been up and running for two years! It feels like just yesterday that I received the confirmation that the Centre had been funded, but when I look at all we have achieved since then I can see that we are well on our way to some truly exciting advancements in plant
As a tail-end contributor, it’s tempting to act on the advice of Nobel Prize winner André Gide (pronounced Geed, not G’day): “Everything that needs to be said has already been said, but since no one was listening, everything must be said again”. Although probably good counsel, you’ll be happy to read that I’ll try not to do this. With the end of
Our work in the Law Team of the Centre started with a systematic appraisal of the problems facing researchers in the plant sciences at large and in the Centre. Over the year, we’ve talked to plant scientists, staff at herbaria, gene banks and botanical gardens to better understand some of the legal issues. Based on the conversations we’ve had so far,
“The role of the supervisor is to identify potential pitfalls in the research plan and gently guide the student towards them” – John Giffin (Honours supervisor 1997) I am one of the Chief Investigators at the University of Tasmania Node. I’ve been working at the intersection of mathematics and evolutionary biology for nearly 25 years – ever since going to
Hi! I’m the sole Chief Investigator at the Western Sydney University (WSU) Node of the Centre – but I am far from alone! Our Node draws together Associate Investigators from my current workplace at WSU’s Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE) (Rachael Gallagher, Brendan Choat, Jonathan Plett), and from my former place of work, Macquarie University (Brian Atwell, Hendrik Poorter, Michelle Leishman, Andrea Westerband, Yuki Tsujii, Shubham
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
The life of a scientist can be complex. Scientists need to be creative, executive, and efficient. They also need to be leaders, managers, administrators, teachers, and mentors. Becoming a scientist is challenging because of the plethora of hard and soft skills the job demands, and there is little time to develop them before entering the job market. So, how do you
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