PACE is a project funded by Meat and Livestock Australia’s Donor Company, Dairy Australia and Western Sydney University to evaluate how key pasture species will respond to future, more extreme climate conditions.
We’re using a large scale field manipulation of temperature and rainfall regimes, combined with controlled glasshouse experiments, to investigate the physiological and biochemical mechanisms underlying species’ resistance (sensitivity) and resilience (recovery) to climate extremes, and the role of plant-microbial interactions.
Although experimental treatments only started this year, were already seeing large responses to winter warming and drought, in terms of canopy green-up/brown-down, that are linked to shifts in plant morphology and physiology and that are likely to increase in magnitude as we move in to spring.
The PACE project is led by Professor Sally Power, with colleagues from Western Sydney University’s Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, and we would like to invite you to join us to find out more about the research we’re undertaking, and to help shape future research questions in this area.
The PACE Newsletters
Field Day Dates and Times
The PACE Field Day will be held on Wednesday 31st October 2018, from 10am-2pm.
The day will start with coffee, introductions and orientation at 10am, followed by a field visit (10.30am-12.15pm), lunch and project presentations/discussion (12.45-2.00pm).
The PACE field facility is located at Western’s Hawkesbury Campus in Richmond NSW. Coffee/registration will be in Building L9 (ground floor) and field tours will be at the Hawkesbury Forest Experiment site, off Southee Road, Richmond 2753.
Registration and Inclusions
Registration and lunch are provided free of charge, but we request that attendees register in advance, for catering purposes.
Please register by 25th October 2018. Please contact either Dr Jasmine Grinyer (T: (02) 4570 1335 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr Amy Churchill (email@example.com) for further information.
If you’re in touch with people that have an interest in pasture sustainability under future, more extreme climates, who might be interested in finding out more about the exciting new research project at Western Sydney Uni, please forward this information, and the associated flyer.
Prof Sally Power and the PACE research team
The event will be held in the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment in Building L9, near Science Road Hawkesbury Campus Bourke Street Richmond NSW 2754. Please note paid parking of $9.00 per day applies on all campuses.
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