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Elizabeth Aitken, The University of Queensland

Fusarium wilt of banana; a 100 year war

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 | Presented by Prof Elizabeth Aitken, The University of Queensland

Liz’s seminar will focus on research that her group has been undertaking on the fungal pathogen Fusarium oxysporum.  This fungus, which causes vascular wilt in many crop plant species, has had particular impact on banana production both here in Queensland and elsewhere in the world and not just currently, but in the last 100 years with devastating economic and political consequences. Recent incursions of the Tropical Race 4 (TR4) strain of this fungus are causing great concern for banana producers in northern Queensland.

Playing God: Introducing natural hydrological processes back to cities

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 | Presented by Dr HanShe Lim, JCU

Urbanisation has resulted in a host of hydrological problems including flooding and water pollution. This seminar focuses on recent attempts to reduce and manage these problems by re-introducing natural hydrological processes back to urban areas. Some of these attempts include the construction of water-sensitive design elements such as rain gardens and green roofs as well as larger projects involving river and floodplain restoration. The talk will refer to examples from around the world, particularly with reference to the tropics, and assess the effectiveness of such attempts and its potential for implementation in Cairns.

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TESS Student & Post Doc Talks

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Dr Alex Cheesman: Trialling Denitrifying Bioreactors in the Australian Wet Tropics

Elias Harrison Bloom: Introduced pollinators mediate breakdown in wild plant pollination

Lain Efren Pardo Vargas: Terrestrial mammals responses to oil palm dominated landscapes in Colombia

Rismita Sari: The Phylogeny of Australian Garcinia (Clusiaceae)

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Introducing the ARC Centre for Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH)

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 | Presented by Prof Michael Bird, JCU

In 2017, JCU, in collaboration with nine other Australian universities and eleven national and international partners, was awarded $33.75 million to develop the new ARC Centre for Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH). In this seminar, Michael will outline the research programs and aspirations of CABAH as a whole, and the role of JCU within the Centre. As an example of the cross-disciplinary nature of the research, the seminar will also present the results of a research project examining the routes by which Anatomically Modern Humans (AMHs) dispersed rapidly through Sunda, Wallacea and across much of Sahul (Australia and New Guinea joined at times of lowered sea level) by around 50,000 years ago, and the tropical environments they encountered upon arrival.

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