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Inaugural Professorial Lecture - Professor Richard Macknight

How do plants know when to flower?

About Professor Richard Macknight's research

Richard is a plant biologist whose research aims to understand how genes control various agriculturally important traits in plants. He has published widely in this area and has held numerous research grants from Marsden and MBIE. Richard completed his undergraduate and PhD studies in the Biochemistry Department at Otago. He then worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at the John Innes Centre, an international centre of excellence in plant science in the UK, before returning to Otago to establish his research group.

Much of Richard’s research has focused on discovering the genes that enable plants to flower in response to seasonal cues, such as winter cold and the increasing day length of spring. When a plant flowers determines when it produces its fruit or grain, therefore understanding the genetic basis of this trait can aid the breeding of crops better suited to local environmental conditions. To achieve this, Richard and his colleagues work closely with researchers from the Crown Research Institutes and plant breeding companies.

This lecture will be followed with light refreshments, tea, coffee & juice.

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Date Monday, 16 November 2020
Time 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Inaugural Professorial Lecture
LocationArchway 1 Lecture Theatre
Union Street East
CostNo cost
Contact NameBailey McLean
Contact Phone+64 3 479 4875

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