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2017 Valette Williams Scholarship recipient is Aaron Phillips.

Congratulations to Aaron Phillips, recipient of the 2017 Val Williams Scholarship in Botany.

Aaron is a Master of Research student within the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University.

His topic is: Surveying evolutionary drift in heat tolerance genes from Themeda triandra (Kangaroo Grass) relative to local Sydney populations

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This scholarship is awarded by the North Shore Group of the Australian Plants Society to Honours, Masters and PhD students of Botany.


Next Meeting

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13 April 2018

 Speaker  Aaron Phillips
 Topic"Exploring Aussie genes to improve productivity in food and fibre crops suffering from heat stress "   
Aaron was our Scholarship winner for 2017. His research aimed to study a photosynthesis-related gene from  domestic and wild species of cotton (Gossypium) and tobacco (Nicotiana) and three populations of kangaroo grass (Themeda triandra) to understand how these plants respond to increased temperature, using glasshouse and laboratory experiments. He found that wild species demonstrate a range of responses to increased temperature, and that mutations in the photosynthesis-related gene may contribute to these differences. The research may have big implications for adapting plants to deal with climate change.    

Walks and Talks program at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden 2018. 

The 2018 program is now available.

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Walks will commence on the 5th March 2018.

Talks followed by a walk will commence on 18th June 2018.

North Shore site LAST UPDATED 21st March 2018

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