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Professorial Lecture Series – Prof Matt Gilliham. POSTPONED

Mar 23, 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


A dialog about plant communication: a journey from discovery to impact in crop science.

The University of Adelaide Professorial Lecture Series will be held on the last Monday of each month, with each series delivered by a newly appointed professor.

The second in our series is Professor Matthew Gilliham, Director of the Waite Research Institute, the University of Adelaide’s flagship for agriculture, food and wine research. Matt’s lecture will commence at 6.00pm, followed by drinks and nibbles (provided) at UniBar, The Cloisters.

Matt will give example of his lab’s discoveries, from the mechanisms used by wheat, grapevine and soybean to tolerate salty soils, to how a mammalian nerve signal is actually a plant stress signal. He will show examples of where his science is being applied through plant breeding and discuss how research in fundamental plant biology is a vital tool for obtaining sustainability in Agriculture.

About the speaker:

As Director, Matt’s role is to stimulate and support new research initiatives across the spectrum of agricultural research (from policy and economics, to animal, soil and crop sciences). He is also Professor of Crop Molecular Physiology in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, and a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher.

Matt is program leader in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, Chief Investigator on the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production, convenor for the Adapting to abiotic stress and climate change special interest group of the Society for Experimental Biology, UK and member of the South Australian Premier’s Science and Innovation Council.

Matt’s areas of research specialisation is crop plant nutrition and stress resilience with a focus on salinity and drought tolerance. Specifically, his group studies the transport and signalling processes that underpin improvements in crop nutrition and stress tolerance. His research has been applied in plant breeding programs to increase the stress tolerance of wheat, soybean and grapevine in the field.


Braggs Lecture Theatre
North Terrace Campus
The University of Adelaide, SA
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