Latest news, awards and scientific publications


News update

Read some of the Centre stories that made the news in the last two months:

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Efforts to “turbocharge” rice and improve production enter new phase, December, 2015


G20 Challenge funds wheat yield research, November, 2015


Translational Photosynthesis at TropAg Conference, November, 2015







AH1P9879Chief Investigator Graham Farquhar wins the 2015 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science

Chief Investigator Professor Graham Farquhar has been awarded one of the most prestigious recognitions for a scientist in Australia: the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, for his innovative work on plant function, photosynthesis and the understanding of the impacts of climate change on crops.

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Rob SharwwodRobert Sharwood awarded a prestigious grant from the Australian Academy of Science

Associate Investigator Rob Sharwood was awarded a Thomas Davies Research Grant from the Australian Academy of Science for his proposal “Unlocking the diversity of Rubisco catalysis from deep-sea ocean α-cyanobacteria for eventual transplantation into higher plant chloroplasts to improve photosynthetic CO2 assimilation”

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Florence Combio 2015 2PhD student Florence Danila wins best poster at Combio 2015

PhD student Florence Danila won the student poster prize at Combio 2015 held in Melbourne. The poster was entitled Plasmodesmata in rice and Setaria: a comparison of symplastic transport mechanisms in C3 and C4 plants. The prize was awarded by the Australian Society of Plant Scientists.





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GRDC dinner celebrate grant funding to improve wheat production.

On the 1st of December, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) organised a dinner at the National Gallery Sculpture Garden in Canberra, to celebrate the success on the grant applications of the first round of the International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP). Two of our Chief investigators were invited, as members of two of the eight projects selected.

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Latest Scientific Publications

Below are some of the  recent scientific publications by Centre members. See a full list of publications here.

Copyright © Charles Tambiah (All rights reserved - Worldwide).Doron S, Fedida A, Hernandez-Prieto M, Sabehi G, Karunker I, Stazic D, Feingersch R, Steglich C, Futschik M, Lindell D, Sorek R (2015). Transcriptome dynamics of a broad host-range cyanophage and its hosts. ISME Journal Read article

Beckmann EA, Estavillo GM, Mathesius U, Djordjevic MA, Nicotra AB (2015).The plant detectives: innovative undergraduate teaching to inspire the next generation of plant biologists. Front. Plant Sci., 15 September. Read article

Fletcher A, Chenu K. (2015). Change in biomass partitioning and transpiration efficiency in Australian wheat varieties over the last decades. 17th Australian Agronomy Conference (20-24 September, Hobart, Australia). 4pp.

Jiancun K, Takahashi S, Fan D, Badger M, Chow M. (2015). Partially dissecting the steady-state electron fluxes in Photosystem I in wild-type and pgr5 and ndh mutants of Arabidopsis. Frontiers in Plant Science17 September. Read article

Li Y, Garvey CJ, Birch D, Corkery RW, Loughlin PC, Scheer H, Willows RD, Chen M (2015). Characterization of red-shifted phycobilisomes isolated from the chlorophyll f-containing cyanobacterium Halomicronema hongdechloris.Biochim Biophys Acta. 2015 Oct 26;1857(1):107-114. Read article

Pinto H, Powell JR, Sharwood RE, Tissue DT, Ghannoum O (2015). Variations in nitrogen use efficiency reflect the biochemical subtype while variations in water use efficiency reflect the evolutionary lineage of C4 grasses at inter-glacial CO2. Plant, Cell and Environment. Read article

Reyes A, Messina CD, Hammer GL, Liu L, van Oosterom E, Lafitte R, Cooper, M. (2015) Soil water capture trends over 50 years of single cross maize (Zea mays L.) breeding in the U.S. corn-belt. Journal of Experimental Botany. Read article.