Monthly Archives: October 2010

Nutrition in Population and public health – Podcast and Slidecast

OProfessor John Lynchn the 26th of August, the FOODplus seminar on Nutrition in Population and public health by Professor John Lynch drew a good crowd. You can listen to the talk here or you can watch the slidecast below.

Professor Lynch’s seminar placed the context of nutrition and in particular early life nutrition in an overall population health perspective. He traced some of the evidence for the historical importance of nutrition on improvements in population health in several countries since the 1850s.

He then traced the links between the role adult diet plays in various chronic diseases, through the evidence suggesting the developmental origins of adult nutrition, and discussed how the current research focus of his early life nutrition group at UniSA is attempting to characterize diet in children under 3 and examine associations with physiological risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as cognitive functioning at ages 15-16

Up close & personal with Max Allen

The Future Makers: Australian Wines for the 21st Century

Max Allen has been writing about wine in Australia for almost 20 years. He is the wine columnist for The Weekend Australian Magazine, wine editor for Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine, and a regular contributor to consumer and trade magazines such as Gourmet Traveller Wine in Australia and Wine and Spirits in the USA.

Max is in Adelaide to promote his new book ‘The Future Makers: Australian Wines for the 21st Century’. He will be joined by well known Australian wine identity Peter Leske in a lively debate about the future of the wine industry in Australia. Topics will range from biodynamics in viticulture to climate change and water to alternative wine shows.

Max also publishes an independent, critical guide to biodynamics in Australian vineyards – – as well as a blog – In September 2007, Max launched The Wine Map of Victoria, a comprehensive, detailed overview of the State’s 20-plus wine regions and subregions. In 2010 this has been joined by The Wine Map of Australia:

Date/Time: Monday 25th October 1-2 pm
Location: Plant Research Centre Auditorium, Waite Campus

For further Information contact: Dr Amanda Able

The Harold Woolhouse Lecture 2010

Looking back and looking forward: time for fresh thinking on roles of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi in plant phosphorus (P) uptake

This talk will start with some brief reflections on Harold Woolhouse at the Waite. Professor Smith will then 1) review the immediate relevance of studies of phosphorus (P) nutrition of plants, in the light of the low availability of P in soil, the need for P fertiliser application to achieve satisfactory crop yields and the limited global P resources; 2) introduce arbuscular mycorrhizas as the most common and widespread adaptation involved in plant P uptake; 3) provide an update on how recent research has fundamentally changed knowledge of how AM symbioses influence plant P uptake; and 4) present a new hypothesis to explain why some plants (including the important crops wheat, barley and tomato) sometimes grow better when non-mycorrhizal.

The 3rd Harold Woolhouse Lecture is named in honour of the former Director of the Waite Agricultural Research Institute. Professor Woolhouse finished his PhD at the University of Adelaide before spending much of his early career (during the 1960s and 1970s) researching heavy metals and senescence. Between 1980 and 1989, Professor Woolhouse developed and directed the world class plant biology research facility, the John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich, United Kingdom. In 1990, he became Director of the Waite Agricultural Research Institute and was responsible for the co-location of the South Australian Research and Development Institute and Primary Industries and Resources South Australia on the Waite Campus. He also masterminded the merging of Roseworthy Agricultural College with the University of Adelaide. He left Adelaide in August 1995 due to ill health and passed away in June 1996.

Date/Time: Monday 8th November, 4pm
Plant Genomics Centre Seminar Room (Level 1), Waite Campus
Speaker: Professor Sally Smith, University Of Adelaide
: Free

The presentation will be followed by drinks and nibbles

For further Information contact: Dr Amanda Able

Mark Tester and TEDx

We are proud to announce that Professor Mark Tester, Director, The Plant Accelerator, Waite Campus (University of Adelaide),  has been confirmed as a speaker at TEDx Adelaide 2010. Professor Tester will be speaking on the major challenges facing the world as it tries to meet world food demands in the face of global environmental change. Prof Mark Tester, Director, The Plant Accelerator

Wine Microbiology for Fermentation Success and Wine Quality

Associate Professor Vladimir Jirank
On the 30th of August, Associate Professor Valdimir Jirank gave this talk as part of the WIC Seminar Series. You can listen to the talk here or you can watch the slidecast below.

The microbiology of the winemaking process, which includes inoculated strains of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the lactic acid bacterium, Oenococcus oeni, is critical to process efficiency and wine quality. In each case these organisms are required to complete a core conversion (sugar to ethanol or lactate to malate, respectively) as well as make desirable sensory contributions. These activities typically occur under extreme conditions which may include high sugar (osmolarity) and ethanol content and low pH, temperature and nutrient availability.

We have used mutant screening strategies and functional genomic approaches to identify the basis of superior yeast performance in the face of these challenges. In addition we have use adaptive evolution to yield yeast with enhance fermentation reliability based on increase nitrogen efficiency, fructophilicity or general robustness. In parallel work, we have isolated and heterologously expressed genes from O. oeni which encode esterases or glucosidases. Characterisation of these gene products has provided insights into their roles within the cell as well as potential contribution to wine.

Photos from the International Workshop on Plant Membrane Biology XV

Photos from the opening of the 15th International Workshop on Plant Membrane Biology were taken on Sunday the 19th of September 2010 at the National Wine Centre of Australia in Adelaide. You can see them on the IWPMB flickr set.

Plant Membrane Biology