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Phosphates affect invasiveness of Lemna minuta

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).

Lemna minuta (left) and Lemna minor (right)
Lemna minuta (right) and Lemna minor (left)

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Congratulations: Aoife Coffey submits PhD thesis

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 Coffey proudly showing her thesis ready for submission

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.

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Programme for UV4Plants Network UV Conference

The full programme of the UV4Plants Network Conference has now been finalised.

UV4Plants UV conference

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!

Full details can be found on our websites: http://uv4plants.org/ and http://uv4plants.wix.com/uv4plants2016

 

 

Aquatic Toxicology paper for Xiaolin Chen

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”.

Dr. Xiaolin Chen published a paper on plant toxicology

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Congratulations to Neil Coughlan: MSc submitted

Congratulations to Neil Coughlan who submitted his MSc thesis to the UCC graduate school on 8 January 2016. The title of his thesis is “Up, up and away: bird-mediated epizoochorous dispersal, an overlooked link between aquatic environments”.

Neil Coughlan presents his MSc thesis
Neil Coughlan presents his MSc thesis

Neil was jointly supervised by Dr. Tom Kelly and Prof. Marcel Jansen.

The central focus of Neil’s MSc work was bird-mediated, epizoochorous dispersal of aquatic plants. To ascertain whether aquatic plants entangled between bird feathers can be dispersed by birds, Neil analysed the microclimate between the feathers, and assessed the likelihood of plant survival under these conditions. Continue reading Congratulations to Neil Coughlan: MSc submitted