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Plant Science Seminar: Sigrid Heuer and Stephan Haefele
Aug 10, 3:30 pm
Two former Waite researchers will be back to present a seminar on “Rothamsted Research – an overview of ongoing projects”
Thursday 10th August.
3:30pm, Plant Genomics Centre Seminar Room
Rothamsted Research is a world-leading, non-profit research centre based in the UK that focuses on strategic agricultural science to the benefit of farmers and society worldwide.
About the speakers:
Dr Sigrid Heuer has been working internationally with a keen interest in developing crops (rice and wheat) that are more resilient to major stresses, such as heat and water stress (drought, submergence) and that make better use of nutrients, such as phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N). In her research, she combines forward and reverse genetic approaches to explore diversity within wheat and rice to identify traits and genes that can ultimately be used for crop improvement in breeding programmes.
Sigrid has been leading multidisciplinary research programmes, some in partnership with the private sector, encompassing a wide range of expertise in the area of plant genomics/genetics, molecular biology and metabolomics, as well as in plant development and root responses to stress and nutrients. For the past four years, her main focus has been on studying nitrogen use efficiency in wheat, and she was the director of “Wheat in a Hot and Dry Climate”, an Industrial Transformation Research Hub in Australia.
Dr Stephan Haefele conducted most of his research in rice-based systems in Africa and Asia, with a focus on soil science and agronomy. The most important topics he worked on were nutrient management, crop establishment, weed management, participatory variety selection, and biochar/bioenergy in rice-based systems. Most of his work was conducted in collaboration with colleagues from national research institutions in 7+ countries of south and south east Asia. In 2013, he took up a new position at the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) at the University of Adelaide. There, he was leading the phenomics group and supported colleagues with growth facilities and screening options for abiotic stresses. He developed a drone-based platform for field-based phenotyping, and he conducted a number of experiments on stress tolerance of GM wheat in South Australia and Western Australia.
In 2017, he joined Rothamsted Research, where he is working on the agronomic application of the data produced by the African Soil Information Service (AfSIS), on new applications of infrared spectroscopy for soil and plant analysis, on new long-term trials on a large-scale rotation experiment, and on precision nutrient management and NUE for selected cropping systems.