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Waite Ag, Food, Wine Seminar Series
Sep 12, 10:30 am
Please come along to this campus-wide seminar series. One week we will hear from a group leader or a visitor to the campus and the following week from ECR/MCRs from the Waite Future Leaders cohort. Come and hear about great science going on across the campus, up the road or across the sea! Expand your network and find new collaborators!
Everyone is welcome to a shared morning tea (please bring your own coffee cup) following the seminar.
WHEN: Thursday 12th September. 10:30am Seminar, followed by morning tea
WHERE: Plant Research Centre Auditorium
SPEAKER: Dr Bettina Berger, Scientific Director, The Plant Accelerator
TITLE: High-throughput phenotyping at The Plant Accelerator – what’s new?
The Plant Accelerator opened its doors nearly 10 years ago to offer phenotyping services and access to greenhouses and growth rooms. Since the early days, we’ve learned many lessons and continue to improve the methods used and expand the infrastructure on offer, by e.g. expanding to the field.
This presentation will give an overview of the current services, explain what’s in the pipeline and highlight some of the many research projects of our users over the years.
About the Speaker
After a degree in biotechnology and a PhD in molecular biology of plants, I used a two-year fellowship to focus on the emerging field of plant phenomics. I joined the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics in 2008, where I used non-destructive imaging to study the effects of salinity on barley. When The Plant Accelerator opened in 2010, I joined the team as Senior Scientist and became Scientific Director in 2015. In my roles, I have set up novel screening techniques to study plant growth and performance using automated, non-destructive imaging. I have managed large scale phenotyping projects looking at various aspects of crop performance, including early vigour, salinity tolerance and nutrient use efficiency.