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When: Monday, 2 May 2011 5pm (for 5.30 pm start)
Where: Urrbrae House, Waite Campus, The University of Adelaide – off Fullarton Road, Urrbrae
“A grand renaissance”: Breeding new cereals and legumes at the Waite, 1955-2005
by Lynette Zeitz
The 1950s saw the beginning of a “grand renaissance” in cereal breeding at the Waite Agricultural Research Institute at the University of Adelaide.
Historian and Manager of the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct, Lynette Zeitz will talk about the work of Waite scientists in developing the new wheat, barley, triticale and faba bean varieties that have transformed South Australia’s farming landscape in the last 50 years.
To make bookings, Please contact Amanda Jackson on 8303 7497 or email email@example.com
The details of the Robyn van Heeswijck Lecture are;
Time: Monday 28th March, 2011, 4pm
Location: Plant Research Centre, Waite Campus, University of Adelaide
The 2nd Robyn van Heeswijck Lecture
Dr Brendan Choat, University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
Water transport and water stress in grapevines: new insights using novel imaging techniques.
For more information please refer to the website.
The audience is invited to stay and talk with the speaker and colleagues over refreshments.
To make an appointment with Dr Choat please contact Matt Gilliham at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Agriculture, cell, distinguished, Food, Geoff Fincher, guest, Lecture, Peter Waite, plant, Professor, School, Series, walls, Wine on February 23, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Listen to Professor Geoff Fincher’s talk which was given at the inaugural Peter Waite Lecture on the 21st February, 2011.
Higher plants resist the forces of gravity and powerful lateral forces through the cumulative strength of the walls that surround individual cells. These walls consist mainly of cellulose, non-cellulosic polysaccharides and lignin, the proportions of which depend upon specific functions of the cell and its stage of development.Grasses, which include the common cereals, arguably represent the single most important group of plants for human societies worldwide. Foods prepared from cereals not only account for a high proportion of our daily caloric intake, but also contribute to human health through the provision of fibre in our diet. Thus, polysaccharides from the cell walls of cereal grains are becoming recognized for their potential to lower the risk of serious diet-related conditions such as type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, colorectal cancer and diverticular disease.
Residues of cereal crops and a broad range of perennial grasses are also showing considerable promise as future biomass energy crops and a number of groups in both the private and public sectors are attempting to manipulate the composition of cell walls to increase levels of extractable, easily degradable and ultimately fermentable wall polysaccharide in various grass species.
Here, the influence of the fine chemical structure of wall polysaccharides on properties such as molecular size, solubility and viscosity will be related to their beneficial effects in human diets, and manipulations of wall composition that might enhance conversion of plant biomass to bioethanol will be discussed.
Short Speaker Biography
Geoff Fincher is the Professor of Plant Science at the University of Adelaide and the Director of the newly established Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls. Geoff is also the leader of a new CSIRO Food Futures Flagship Cluster on ‘High Fibre Grain, for work on the role of wall polysaccharides in human health and nutrition.
Until recently Geoff was Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics. He was involved, with other colleagues, in setting up the ACPFG in 2003 and he was chair of the Executive Management Group from 2003-2010. He has also developed collaborative projects between the ACPFG and the DuPont-Pioneer company, and with ABB Grain Ltd.
From 2007-2010, Geoff and Mark Tester, together with colleagues at the ANU and the CSIRO Division of Plant Industry established the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility. As part of this Facility an automated, high throughput phenotyping glasshouse has been constructed on the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide. This component of the APPF is known as the ‘Plant Accelerator’.
Geoff was the Director of the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide from 2003-2010 and has been the Director of a GRDC-funded program on the functional genomics of growth and end-use quality in cereals for seven years. He serves as an editor for the Journal of Cereal Science and is also a long-serving member of the editorial board of Planta. He chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee of Biomime, the Swedish centre for wood functional genomics. For a more detailed CV see here.
Named in honour of the pastoralist and benefactor who donated Urrbrae estate to the University of Adelaide for the study of Agriculture, the inaugural Peter Waite Lecture was given by Professor Geoff Fincher of the University of Adelaide to celebrate Geoff’s significant contributions to the Waite Campus and Australian Science.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Agriculture, distinguished, Emeritus, Food, Geoff Fincher, guest, Lecture, Peter Waite, Professor, School, Seminar, Series, Ulrich Zimmermann, Waite, Wine on February 14, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
The first distinguished guest lectures in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine of the year will be on the Monday 21st February, and the second on the Tuesday 22nd February, both at 4 pm in the McLeod Lecture Theatre, Charles Hawker Building, Waite Campus.
The inaugural Peter Waite Lecture
Monday 21st February 2011, 4pm McLeod Lecture Theatre, Charles Hawker Building, Waite Campus
Professor Geoff Fincher
Polysaccharide Structure in Cell Walls of the Grasses: From Human Health to Renewable Transport Fuels.
Distinguished Visitor Seminar
Tuesday 22nd February, 4pm McLeod Lecture Theatre, Charles Hawker Building, Waite Campus
Emeritus Professor Ulrich Zimmermann
How do plants take up water in a drying climate?
More information on the 2011 Waite Seminar Series, the Peter Waite Seminar, and speakers’ bios are found at https://agwine.adelaide.edu.au/news_events/seminar/