Plant and Ecosystem Processes

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Crop and Tree Physiology, Molecular Biology and Genetics

At a fundamental level we study plant development, structure and function. Using physiological, molecular, genomics, metabolomics and phenomics tools, we investigate the impact of past and present climate variability and other biotic and abiotic stress factors to help us address emerging issues of productivity and genetic diversity

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Forests and Water

The research program is aimed at answering some of the key questions concerning the hydrologic and geomorphic response of native and planted forests to growth, and disturbance by fire and climate drivers. Research approaches combine field measurement and modelling and seek to understand fundamental hydrologic functioning, responses and resilience to external environmental drivers, and risks to water supplies.

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Forests and Water
Physiological and Ecosystem Ecology

Physiological and Ecosystem Ecology

Our research focuses on the interactions of plants with their environment and the processes that control the functioning of ecosystems. We investigate how trees, shrubs and herbs cope with changes in environmental conditions, for example, how they manage to survive with increasing temperatures or decreasing rainfall. We study the impact of the environment on plant physiological, biochemical and structural properties and on their interactions with other organisms (e.g. animals, microbes).

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