Deanís Summer Research Scholarships Ė An opening for students and northern based research projects
Smith, R, Dean's Summer Research Scholarships - An opening for students and northern based research projects, School of Land and Food Annual Research Conference 2017, 13-15 June 2017, Hobart, Tasmania (2017) [Conference Extract]
Research projects and researchers themselves based in the north of the state are not necessarily front of mind for students interested in undergraduate research. Even if they were, for some students the logistics of spending 6-8 weeks of their summer in Northern Tasmania are too difficult. The Deanís summer research scholarships and the summer studentships pervious have provided an avenue for students to get involved. Kristy Stevenson, a third year Bachelor of Agriculture Science student spent 8 weeks with Rowan Smith and Meixue Zhou at Mt. Pleasant in Launceston screening clover cultivars and advanced selections for waterlogging and salinity tolerance. The waterlogging tolerance of seven strawberry clover selections and four other clovers was assessed by imposing a waterlogging treatment to establishing plants for three weeks. Chlorophyll florescence and chlorophyll content were measured to quantify plant stress levels throughout, and DM yield at completion. The waterlogging treatment had a significant negative effect of DM yield of Talish clover, Caucasian clover and red clover. Interestingly, some of the strawberry clover selections showed stress but no significant difference in yield between waterlogged and un-waterlogged plants. This highlighted the known tolerance of strawberry clover to waterlogging but also highlighted variation in the response between selections meaning that advancements in breeding more tolerant cultivars could be made.
summer research scholarship, legumes, waterlogging