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Event date: 26Apr 2018

Thursday 26 Apr 2018

CSIRO Discovery Theatre

  • 16:30-17:30. Reception will follow the Public Lecture

Clunies Ross St, Black Mountain ACT
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Professor Jane Langdale

Professor Jane Langdale, University of Oxford.

The C4 Rice Project is one of the scientific 'Grand Challenges' of the 21st Century. Due to predicted population increases and a general trend towards urbanization, land that provided enough rice to feed 27 people in 2010 will need to support 43 by 2050. Introduction of 'C4' traits into rice is predicted to increase photosynthetic efficiency by 50%, improve nitrogen use efficiency and double water use efficiency. The project therefore represents one of the most plausible approaches to enhancing crop yield and increasing resilience in the face of reduced land area, decreased use of fertilizers and less predictable supplies of water. Progress towards achieving this goal will be presented (www.c4rice.com).

About the speaker:

Jane Langdale is Professor of Plant Development in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford. Her research focusses on understanding the genetic mechanisms that underpin how leaves develop and how they evolved (www.langdalelab.com). She is currently co-ordinator of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded C4 Rice Project (www.c4rice.com). She is an elected Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization and a Fellow of the Royal Society. Professor Langdale is visiting Australia in April 2018, on a CSIRO McMaster Fellowship and co-sponsored by CoE in Translational Photosynthesis.

This lecture is open to the public

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Event type: Public seminar