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Friday, 23 September 2016 17:36

17th International Congress on Photosynthesis Research

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I recently returned from this year’s ICPR conference held in Maastricht in the Netherlands. The photosynthesis congress is held every four years and hosts researchers involved in all aspects of photosynthesis research. In what was the largest poster room I have ever seen, I was lucky enough to present a poster on understanding the regulation of photosynthesis during sun-flecks. I was also lucky enough to present two talks on solar induced fluorescence (SIF) at both the main conference and a satellite meeting held in Essex the week prior.

My talks focused on experiments performed over the last two years using the University of Wollongong’s LIFT instrument, where we simultaneously measure both photosynthesis and SIF. Both talks were received very well and it was a great pleasure to meet fellow researchers in the same field. Moreover, we were lucky enough to have one of the Forschungszentrum Jülich (Jülich photosynthesis centre) LIFT instruments on display at the conference. This instrument formed an integral part of a vendor’s booth run by the company Soliense and the instruments creator Zbigniew Kolber. This was a great attraction as people interested in my talk were able to see the instruments used first hand.

The conference closed with the conference dinner, which turned out to be more of a dance party and was held at an amazing castle. Overall a very enjoyable conference with many interesting and impressive results and research presented. I look forward to attending the next conference in New Zealand!

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Rhys Wyber

PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong working on using LIFT (Light Induced Fluorescence Transience) for use in automated and remote sensing of plant photosynthetic activity. I operate a number of fixed and rotary-wing UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) in my spare time for aerial photography. The eventual goal is to use UAVs to take LIFT measurements over large areas (crops and forest canopies).

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