[ASC-list] CSIRO Cutting Edge Lecture - August 3

Claire Pannell claire at scitech.org.au
Mon Jul 20 01:50:19 UTC 2009

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Keeping teachers up to date with the latest scientific research at CSIRO Plant Industry in Western Australia

CSIRO Plant Industry conducts research to promote profitable and sustainable agrifood, fibre and horticultural industries, develop new plant products and improve natural resource management.

Learning from Nature -
improving grain legume adaptation to Mediterranean environments with applied physiology


This talk will briefly summarise the evolution and domestication of our principal crop species, from wild Mediterranean annuals to their current global distribution, focusing largely on chickpea, one of the world’s most important food legumes.  In the journey from wild plant to domesticated crop, many different habitat types were explored, and this talk will demonstrate how we can make use of this diversity to learn more about adaptation in plants.  In an ever changing world it is becoming increasingly important to understand how our crop plants deal with the environmental stresses encountered in their distribution range, so that we can make recommendations to the plant breeders that are ultimately responsible for our future food security.

Combat tactics employed by plants to protect from microbial and insect invaders


Two of the main problems faced by Western Australia’s large, export oriented grains industry are plant diseases and insect pests. For some diseases and pests, traditional methods of introducing plant resistance are ineffective. In these cases innovative strategies based on an understanding of how plants declare war on invading microbes and insects are required. Dr Anderson will give some recent examples of breakthrough research from the Perth plant biotechnology group that are expanding our knowledge of plant defence mechanisms and how they may be employed to protect crops.

CSIRO Centre for Environment and Life Sciences, Underwood Avenue, Floreat

4.00 pm

4.30-5.30 pm


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9215 0740 or bookings at scitech.org.au


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