The School conducts all HDR Confirmation of Candidatures and Mid-candidature Reviews Milestones on fours specific days of the year. These are called "Super Tuesday(s)". 

  • Research Quarter 1: January, February, March - Tuesday, Orientation Week, Semester 1 - 19 February 2019
  • Research Quarter 2: April, May, June - Tuesday, Revision Week, Semester 1 - 04 June 2019
  • Research Quarter 3: July, August, September - Tuesday, Orientation Week, Semester 2 - 16 July 2019
  • Research Quarter 4: October, November, December -  Tuesday, Revision Week, Semester 2 - 29 October 2019

If published, the schedule can be found here.

The Language of Attraction: How do plant roots recruit beneficial microbes?

Katherine Weigh

04 June 2019 2:00pm

Room 320, Steele Building (#03)

Abstract

 

Nutrient deficiencies and drought are major agricultural constraints. Fertilisers and irrigation help to alleviate these issues, but rely on non-renewable resources and contribute to environmental degradation. With the global demand for food set to increase by 70% by 2050, food security is at the top of society’s challenges for the 21st century. Soils harbour diverse microbial taxa that significantly enhance plant nutrient acquisition and drought tolerance. The composition of root-associated microbial communities could be engineered to more sustainably achieve global food security. In this project I will: 1) investigate how plant roots recruit beneficial microorganisms through the exudation of phytochemicals 2) develop strategies to enhance microbially-mediated crop tolerance to nutrient deficiency and drought.

 

Advisors

 

Dr Paul Dennis (Principal), Dr Suzanne Schmidt (Associate)

 

Where’s the beef? Optimising for biodiversity and water use in a global livestock model

Katie Lee

04 June 2019 4:00pm

Room 320, Steele Building (#03)

Abstract

 

As beef production and consumption play an important role in depleting and polluting the world’s rapidly declining biodiversity and scarce freshwater resources, understanding how to minimise these environmental impacts whilst meeting demand would significantly benefit the global community. The question addressed in this study is how do we meet future beef demand while minimising the impact on biodiversity? The beef distribution model is an integrated global systems model of beef production, using Pareto optimisation to balance the trade-offs of environmental and economic outcomes.

Advisors

 

Associate Professor Eve McDonald-Madden (Principal), Dr Matthew Holden (Associate), Mr Adam Charette-Castonguay (Associate)