On November 11, 2016 Ms. Simona Paolacci successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “A comparative study of the invasive species Lemna minuta and the co-generic native Lemna minor”.
Congratulations to Simona Paolacci who submitted her PhD thesis on October 7, 2016. Simona’s research focused on the question why some aquatic plants become highly invasive outside their natural distribution area. This is an important question as alien aquatic plants are a major threat to biodiversity and a considerable amount of money is spend on their management and control. Being able to recognise potentially invasive species before they are widely distributed in their new environment may facilitate management, and reduce management costs. Continue reading Congratulations: Simona Paolacci submits PhD thesis
At the recent National Ploughing Championships, RTÉ hosted panel discussions with a different meteorologist and agri scientist each day. Dr. Marcel Jansen (Plant Stress group, UCC) took part in one of these open panel discussions, together with Dr. Klara Finkele, a meteorologist from MetEireann. The event was hosted by Nuala Carey of RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann, the national broadcaster), and organised by SFI (Science Foundation Ireland).
PhD student Darren Reidy recorded the uncommon liverwort Riccia fluitans in a pond in Watergrasshill, Co. Cork, while collecting water samples and surveying the flora.
Aquatic Botany paper by Simona Paolacci
PhD student Simona Paolacci has published a paper entitled “A comparative study of the nutrient responses of the invasive duckweed Lemna minuta and the native, co-generic species Lemna minor” in the journal “Aquatic Botany” (Paolacci, S., Harrison, S. and Jansen, M.A.K, 2016. Aquatic Botany, 134, pp.47-53).
Congratulations to Aoife Coffey who submitted her PhD thesis to the UCC graduate school on May 4, 2016. The title of Aoife’s thesis is “UV-B radiation; a specific regulator of plant growth and development”.
Aoife’s thesis work was supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and supervised by Prof. Marcel Jansen. Collaborators included Prof. Els Prinsen at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and Dr. Dara Fitzpatrick in the Department of Chemistry at UCC, Cork.
The full programme of the UV4Plants Network Conference has now been finalised.
This Plant UV conference, which we announced before, is the 1st Network Conference of The International Association for Plant UV-Research (UV4Plants). It is to be held in Pécs (Hungary) on the 30th – 31st of May 2016.
The programme consists of two full days of talks and discussions on plant UV-biology, and will be followed by a training school.
At present some 50-60 delegates have registered, so this will be the place to be for plant UV-researchers!
Dr. Xiaolin Chen has a first paper on her PhD research in plant toxicology accepted for publication in the journal “Aquatic Toxicology”. The title of Xiaolin’s paper is “The toxicity of Zinc-Oxide nanoparticles to Lemna minor (L.) is predominantly caused by dissolved Zinc”.
A new page has been added to the site where we share observations relating to the plant world. Not necessarily scientifically researched, the topics will be varied and are chosen purely because they interest me.