5.30-6.00pm - Associate Professor David Lee
Myrtle Rust a threat to many Australian Native plant species
The exotic fungal disease Myrtle Rust is considered to be one of the biggest threats to Myrtaceous plant species around the world. This disease is spreading rapidly from it origin in South America and recently became established in Australia. This lecture will cover the potential impacts of Myrtle Rust for the lemon myrtle and eucalypt plantation sectors and highlight the implication for susceptible native forests species.
6.00-6.30pm - Dr Celine Frere
Can urbanisation lead to contemporary evolution: a dragon’s tale
Increasing urbanisation poses a global threat to biodiversity, and minimising its impact will require greater understanding about how organisms adapt to life in cities. While some animals are modifying their physiology and behaviour to adapt to city life, little is known about the evolutionary trajectories of species that persist in human-altered environments. In this seminar, Dr Frere will present her research on different populations of eastern water dragons in Brisbane's CBD. Their tale might help us better understand the consequences of urbanisation for species that share our cities.
6.30-7.30pm - Refreshments
Primary Industry Research @ USC: Scientists to outline research into water dragons and myrtle rust
Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast, University of the Sunshine Coast, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
Tuesday 21st of October 2014
5.30 - 7.30pm (specific times listed above)
Register: email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: +61 7 5459 4529 to register.
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