Getting to the root of the problem wins


Congratulations to Olivia Cousins, one of the Adelaide-Nottingham PhD students, who won the student poster prize at a joint conference between Soil Science Australia and New Zealand Soil Science Society, held in Queenstown, NZ recently.

Olivia’s poster, which included co-authors from The University of Adelaide, The University of Nottingham and The Plant Accelerator® at the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, was one of approximately 100 posters presented at the conference. The award also includes a cash prize for Olivia.

We announced Olivia’s study here in our blog in May. The aim of her study was to quantify the impact of different soil moisture regimes and increasing levels of soil nitrogen supply on shoot and root response in wheat plants. Olivia’s experiment utilised the DroughtSpotter, a precision irrigation platform allowing accurate and reproducible water application for drought stress or related experiments. She also used the facility’s PlantEye laser scanner to non-destructively measure plant growth.

Olivia plans an exciting move to Nottingham in 2018 to continue her research including root traits and responses across different wheat species.

To view Olivia’s poster…

The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility is available to all researchers and/or industry. For bookings please contact Dr Trevor Garnett.



Team Award for Exceptional Performance

The outstanding efforts of the Plant Accelerator team were acknowledged at the Faculty of Sciences End of Year Celebrations at the University of Adelaide on 3 December 2015.

In recognition of their high quality service delivery, the team was awarded the Professional Staff – Team Award for Exceptional Performance.

The facility directors’ recommendations were echoed by facility users, including Dr Timothy March, University of Adelaide, who has been using the facility to undertake collaborative projects with the University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. “The Plant Accelerator Team has delivered a world-class service to our research projects over the past five years, providing an integrated service from quarantine importation of plants, high-throughput phenomics, data analysis and reporting. “

Further acknowledgement was received from Professor Harkamal Walia’s group at the University of Nebraska, “The staff at The Plant Accelerator (TPA) is an exceptional group of individuals. Our group at the University of Nebraska has been collaborating with the researchers at TPA in an effort to examine the genetic basis of dynamic salinity responses in rice. Throughout this collaboration, TPA staff have provided an extremely welcoming and engaging environment for a visiting graduate student from our lab. As with any new “omics” technology, the breadth and complexity of the data can be daunting. However, the staff at TPA provided substantial support regarding image analysis and the interpretation of image-derived metrics. These efforts have come to fruition with the publication of a manuscript in 2015.”

Congratulations and thank you to all!