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Sandra grows glowing plants in Cambridge

September 12, 2012

Filed under: Research — Tags: , — acpfg @ 12:19 pm

PhD student Sandra Schmoekel is just back from growing glowing plants at Cambridge University. She worked in Prof Alex Webb’s laboratory to study the signals that plants use to respond to salt stress. At Cambridge, Sandra grew Arabidopsis plants which had been transformed to produce Aequorin, a protein from luminescent jellyfish which glows blue when […]

 

Cracking a Salty Rice Riddle

July 31, 2012

Filed under: Research — Tags: , , — acpfg @ 3:39 pm

ACPFG research recently published in PLoS One descibes a model explaining how ancestral rice plants survive saline soils. Agricultural lands worldwide are getting saltier, and in Australia this is a particular problem in WA and SA. Associate Professor Maria Hrmova described the impacts of her research on the ABC Rural SA Country Hour (listen to […]

 

Swamped with saltwater: what a tsunami does to rice farmers

April 16, 2012

Filed under: Opinion — Tags: , — acpfg @ 4:07 pm

By Dr Darren Plett Japan’s tsunami of March 11 2011 brought a wall of water laden with debris up to 5 kilometres inland from the sea. After the surge receded, the surrounding farming area was left covered in debris and a thick, black sludge. This sludge was extremely saline due to the sodium chloride from […]

 

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