Dr Carola Blessing

Postdoctoral Research Associate
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

C02F - Centre for Carbon, Water and Food
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1814
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Website Room 243, C02F - Centre for Carbon, Water and Food
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Biographical details

Carola Blessing is a Postdoc in the Department of Plant and Food Sciences, commencing in May 2015. Carola's main research interest is plant physiological and biochemical responses to environmental stress, particularly drought, mainly focusing on carbon allocation.

Carola studied geoecology at the Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. She started working with stable isotopes during her diploma thesis at the Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany) studying the oxygen isotope exchange between carbon dioxide and leaf water. Carola did her PhD in the Grassland Group at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) on carbon allocation in beech saplings under environmental stress focusing on the transport velocity of recently fixed carbon from the canopy to the soil/root system and the coupling of aboveground and belowground carbon fluxes.

Carola studied geoecology at the Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. She started working with stable isotopes during her diploma thesis at the Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany) studying the oxygen isotope exchange between carbon dioxide and leaf water. Carola did her PhD in the Grassland Group at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) on carbon allocation in beech saplings under environmental stress focusing on the transport velocity of recently fixed carbon from the canopy to the soil/root system and the coupling of aboveground and belowground carbon fluxes.

Research interests

Carola aims to identify traits and mechanisms relevant for drought tolerance in chickpea. Her work contributes to determine breeding targets to obtain more reliable, increased yield of chickpea under drought conditions. She is mainly focusing on biochemical pathways and composition at the seed and leaf level, including leaf secrets. Amongst others how the biochemical composition and therefore the nutritious value of the seeds changes in response to drought.

Increasing yield under drought conditions requires more effective use of water. This could be achieved by reducing the amount of carbon loss. Therefore, Carola is investigating the contribution of re-fixation of respired carbon dioxide by the pod wall to seed filling.

Teaching and supervision

OTHER

PUBLICATIONS

For full list of Publications, please refer to attached CV shown at the top of the page.

Themes

Environment; Plant biology and production; Food and nutrition

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Blessing, C., Barthel, M., Gentsch, L., Buchmann, N. (2016). Strong Coupling of Shoot Assimilation and Soil Respiration during Drought and Recovery Periods in Beech As Indicated by Natural Abundance delta13C Measurements. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7, 1-12. [More Information]
  • Blessing, C., Werner, R., Siegwolf, R., Buchmann, N. (2015). Allocation dynamics of recently fixed carbon in beech saTree Physiologyplings in response to increased temperatures and drought. Tree Physiology, 35(6), 585-598. [More Information]
  • Blessing, C., Barthel, M., Buchmann, N. (2015). Bias in estimated online leaf carbon isotope discrimination due to woody tissues. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, 51(1), 109-123. [More Information]
  • Lehmann, M., Rinne, K., Blessing, C., Siegwolf, R., Buchmann, N., Werner, R. (2015). Malate as a key carbon source of leaf dark-respired CO2 across different environmental conditions in potato┬áplants. Journal of Experimental Botany, 66(19), 5769-5781. [More Information]

2016

  • Blessing, C., Barthel, M., Gentsch, L., Buchmann, N. (2016). Strong Coupling of Shoot Assimilation and Soil Respiration during Drought and Recovery Periods in Beech As Indicated by Natural Abundance delta13C Measurements. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7, 1-12. [More Information]

2015

  • Blessing, C., Werner, R., Siegwolf, R., Buchmann, N. (2015). Allocation dynamics of recently fixed carbon in beech saTree Physiologyplings in response to increased temperatures and drought. Tree Physiology, 35(6), 585-598. [More Information]
  • Blessing, C., Barthel, M., Buchmann, N. (2015). Bias in estimated online leaf carbon isotope discrimination due to woody tissues. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, 51(1), 109-123. [More Information]
  • Lehmann, M., Rinne, K., Blessing, C., Siegwolf, R., Buchmann, N., Werner, R. (2015). Malate as a key carbon source of leaf dark-respired CO2 across different environmental conditions in potato┬áplants. Journal of Experimental Botany, 66(19), 5769-5781. [More Information]

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