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RESEARCH OVERVIEW

Our research looks to identify novel approaches for managing pest species and preserving ecosystem services, based on a better understanding of how organisms within ecosystems interact. This includes exploiting plant defences such as silicon, chemical signals used by insects to locate resources, enhancing biological control and using plant-microbes to help plants resist herbivore attack.

 

 ‘By characterising multi-trophic interactions, particularly in response to global change, we identify vulnerabilities in ecosystems, but more crucially where resilience and the opportunities for adaptation lie’ 

CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH

We're investigating how changes in our atmosphere and climate will affect invertebrates 

CURRENT and RECENT GRANTS

Improving plant resilience to biotic and abiotic stresses via silicon accumulation

Period: 2020-2026

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Industry Partnership Scheme

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Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE)

Are we really heading for ‘insectageddon’? Characterising changes in Eucalypt invertebrate communities under rising CO2

Period: 2019-2023

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Time to prime: using silicon to activate grass resistance under higher CO2

Period: 2017-2023

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ARC Future Fellowship

Down to earth defence: unlocking soil-derived defences for plant protection

Period: 2017-2021

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ARC Discovery

Using silicon to augment direct and indirect anti-herbivore defences in cereals.

Period: 2016-2017

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Industry Partnership Scheme

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE)

Exploiting soil microbe associations with sugarcane roots for resistance to canegrubs

Period: 2014-2017

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Industry Partnership Scheme

Get tough, get toxic or get a bodyguard: how root herbivores shape grass defences

Period: 2015-2018

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ARC Discovery

Improving plant resilience to biotic and abiotic stresses via silicon accumulation

Period: 2013-2016

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