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Waite Agriculture, Food and Wine Seminar Series

Jun 21, 11:00 am

Please come along to this new, campus-wide seminar series. One week we will hear from a group leader or a visitor to the campus and the following week from two 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) from 10.30-11am to be followed by the seminar 11-11.45 am

WHEN: Thursday 21st June. 10:30am morning tea, 11am Seminar
WHERE: Plant Genomics Centre Seminar room
SPEAKER: Dr Darren Plett, ARC Senior Research Associate, University of Adelaide
Title: Identifying and improving the nitrate uptake system in cereal crops

About the Speaker

Darren Plett is an ARC Senior Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. He is using agricultural biotechnology techniques to discover the genes which regulate plant tolerance to abiotic stress. He then alters these genes to improve the tolerance of crop plants to stresses such as low soil nutrients, drought and salinity. Darren obtained his BSc and MSc degrees at the University of Manitoba, Canada. In his MSc thesis he investigated the potential effects of climate change on leaf lipid and seed oil quality in canola. He then moved to Australia and completed a PhD at the University of Adelaide in which he improved the salinity tolerance of rice through cell type-specific expression of genes encoding sodium transporters. Since 2008 he has been employed by Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics to improve abiotic stress tolerance in cereal crops. Currently, Darren is investigating the system regulating nitrogen uptake in maize and wheat with the goal of altering the system to improve nitrogen uptake efficiency. A  second focus is developing wheat and rice varieties with improved drought and salinity tolerance for release in developing countries. These projects have been funded by the ARC, GRDC, DuPont-Pioneer and USAID. In July 2018 Darren is moving to the School of Agriculture and Food at the University of Melbourne to continue research toward improving salinity tolerance and nitrogen uptake in rice and barley.


Seminar room, Plant Genomics Centre
Hartley Grove
Urrbrae, SA 5064 Australia

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