Our researchers are driven by the desire to understand.
They work to uncover new knowledge and shed light on the world's biggest challenges. From tackling Meningococcal B to finding energy solutions for the future, our discoveries make a difference to people's lives across the world.
At Research Tuesdays we share this knowledge, every month. If you're curious about the changing world, we invite you to join us.
Research Tuesdays goes virtual
The University of Adelaide is monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and continues to take action in line with the latest Federal Government announcements. As a result Research Tuesdays will offer both in-person and virtual access through Zoom and Facebook Live.
A virtual Research Tuesdays experience will enable audiences to continue to experience the lectures in a safe and healthy environment. The lectures will remain on the second Tuesday of the month, with the next lecture live streamed on Tuesday 12 October, 5.30-6.30pm.
Finding a future for food crops
Genetically modified crops have been grown and consumed in many countries for over 30 years. Despite the benefits they offer in terms of human health, crop management and humanitarian support, genetically modified (GM) foods remain a controversial topic. It remains unclear whether GM will ever be fully embraced by society.
Why has there been such a strong backlash with GM? Are GM crops really that bad or can they help us improve food production in the face of a changing climate and shifting nutritional demands? And how do we help people make informed food choices?
In this seminar you will hear how the University of Adelaide is generating next-generation food crops, how these crops will be regulated, and whether the reach might extend far beyond Earth to eventually land on Mars.
Associate Professor Matthew Tucker is the deputy Director of the Waite Research Institute and has trained as a Biotechnologist and worked in genetically modified plants for over 20 years. As the chair of the University of Adelaide Institutional Biosafety Committee, his research investigates how plants are genetically programmed to produce different reproductive cells and tissues, with the aim of understanding how these can be engineered to optimise yield and end-use. His involvement in gene technology spans across a state, national and international framework. As well as his role as researcher, Matthew also trains PhD, Masters and Honours students in the use of gene technology in plants.
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