Image courtesy AACC International. L to R: Dr Deborah Rogers, Chair of the AACC International Board, Professor Geoff Fincher and Dr David Hahn, President of AACC International at the award ceremony.
29 October 2013

Professor Geoff Fincher has dedicated his life to gaining a greater understanding of plant cell walls and their biology.

A plant cell wall is the structure surrounding a plant cell that provides a number of functions, including: strength to support the plant, flexibility, water-proofing, a barrier to pests and protection against environmental stress.

Image courtesy: ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology. Alice Trend with a group of children exploring the Bio-Bounce.
29 October 2013

Engaging our future generation of researchers is critical to the innovation of our nation, but how do we ensure that today’s children are interested in becoming tomorrow’s researchers and possibly a Nobel Laureate or Eureka Prize winner?

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology has invested in a creative new approach to entice our children to take an interest in research, science and the importance of plant biology.

Image courtesy: Dr Tomer Ventura, University of the Sunshine Coast.
29 October 2013

The awarding of an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) is the latest episode in the remarkable career of researcher Dr Tomer Ventura.

Originally from Israel, Dr Ventura was appointed by Prof Abigail Elizur, Director of the GeneCology Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), and awarded a CRN (Collaborative Research Networks) Fellowship in August 2012.

Image courtsey: Yvan Paquot. Dr Michaël Roelens (Finisar) and Dr. Jochen Schröder (University of Sydney) working with the WaveShaper in the CUDOS Tbit/s laboratory at the University of Sydney.
29 October 2013

In the year 2013 we live in a highly technical world where the information highway is at our fingertips; smart phones, tablets and wireless connections.

As a consumer we want more, this is evidenced in the lengthy queues outside Apple stores each time a new product is released, but as a consumer do we ever sit back, take stock and think about how this technology was arrived at, and what research was undertaken to enable the technology?

Image courtesy: ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials' Dr Cindy Gunawan, Dr Christopher Marquis from UNSW and the nanosilver-adaptive Bacillus bacteria.
29 October 2013

Nanosilver, one of the most developed products of nanotechnology, is a potent and versatile antimicrobial agent that can kill microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses, but new research has unearthed that some bacteria flourish under prolonged exposure.

Nanosilver is a nanoparticle form of silver and it is included in many products that we use on a daily basis, such as hand sanitisers and wound dressings.