PFS Seminar by A/Prof Charles Warren and Dr Trevor Keenan

22 October 2014

Associate Professor Charles Warren (Sydney Uni) will discuss his research on plant-soil interactions:

"Plants don't just passively cope with what nature dishes up, but instead actively manipulate the environment to suit themselves. One of the best examples of this is how plants interact with soil via uptake and efflux of compounds across their roots. This brief talk will describe research quantifying the simultaneous uptake and efflux of diverse compounds by roots."

Dr Trevor Keenan (Macquarie Uni) will be presenting his work on vegetation seasonality, changes in climate, and implications for the global carbon cycle:

"As the climate warms, the growing season is expected to get longer, but how much longer and what does this mean for the carbon cycle and feedbacks to climate? I will present results using long-term observations at multiple scales to show that forest phenology has responded to climate change during the past two decades, and this has led to an increase in carbon sequestration. This constitutes a negative feedback to climate change, and is serving to slow the rate of warming."

Time: 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Location: Room 422, Biomedical Building (C81), ATP

Contact: Dr Tom Roberts

Phone: 02 8627 1042

Email: 1123195f0f0060051e120f0b0c450a3508051d2120495156161c5303