Plant Cell Walls

This blog has now moved and previous posts will be archived.

The new ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls blog can be found at: http://www.plantcellwalls.org.au/blog/

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On November 21st and 22nd Get into Genes hosted 200 Year 8 students from Urrbrae High School as part of their “Food Sustainability Challenge” tour.

They were hosted in 5 sessions for 1.5hrs in groups of 40 over the 2 days. The students were given a talk for 30 minutes followed by 1 hour of practicals. The practicals were a study of plasmolysis in red onion cells treated with salt solution to understand the effect of salinity on plants and the sticky fingers/fibre viscosity experiment where students identify if a solution from a grain extract contains high fibre or low fibre.

Helen did most of the organising for the CoE for PCW. Volunteers from the PCW group included…
Rocky
Helen
Jenni
Alan
Neil
Matt
Caitlin

The organisers for GiG were Monica Ogierman and Alison Wilson from ACPFG

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The ARC Centre of Excellence and the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine promote careers in agriculture at the Royal Adelaide Show

The Golden Grains pavilion at the the Royal Adelaide Show is hosting the “Ground 2 Grub” (G2G) exhibit. This exhibit showcases the South Australia’s award winning grains plus contains interactive science-based displays focusing on plant breeding for quality grain, pests in the paddock, soil health and precision agriculture.
Show goers in this pavilion get to touch, see, smell and understand the process of growing quality grain from the scientists in the lab to the farmer in the field to the food on the plate. The G2G exhibit was developed over two years with support from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society’s Grain and Fodder Committee. This year the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine is presenting a number of hands on activities as part of G2G. These include:

See and taste barley exhibit: showcasing what foods barley is used in
Plant and soil health: come and test soil pH and see how salt effects plant growth
Just what does gluten do in bread?

A crucial aspect of the display presents the myriad of career opportunities for Agricultural Science Graduates. The Show runs each year in September.

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New future for an old crop: barley enters the genomic age Barley research at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus. Thursday, 18 October 2012 Higher yields, improved pest and disease resistance and enhanced nutritional value are among the potential benefits of an international research effort that has resulted in the mapping of the barley genome. […]

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Lure of the lab proves too strong. Lure of the lab proves too strong Story Education Stories The Australian

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