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Genetics study tackles community-level aspects of drought

Adam McKiernan

Adam McKiernan

A new student has joined the CRC as an affiliate. Adam McKiernan (left) recently started his PhD on “Genetic variation in the drought tolerance of Eucalyptus globulus: consequences for biotic interactions“, in the School of Plant Science at UTAS. Adam will join forces with the other members of sub-project 4.2.8 and investigate: (1) the genetic basis of plant mechanisms that might confer drought resistance; (2) the effects of drought on plant defensive traits; and (3) the consequences of changes (if detected) in plant defensive traits for associated biota. Adam is being supervised by Julianne O’Reilly-Wapstra, Mark Hovenden and Brad Potts. Adam’s background includes a first class Honours Degree at UTAS where his project examined the effects of elevated CO2 on eucalypt plant secondary metabolites.

Biobuzz issue fourteen, May 2011