DR ADAM FREW

Ecologist

ABOUT

I'm an ecologist interested in understanding the interactions between soil microbiota, plants and herbivores. In particular, a major theme of my research is understanding the ecology of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, and how they affect plant defences.

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RESEARCH

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Impacts of elevated CO₂ on mycorrhizal fungal communities

Global atmospheric CO₂ concentrations are predicted to continue to increase. This research investigates the impacts on mycorrhizal fungal communities, on the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis and the consequences for plant growth and nutrient uptake.

MEDIA

Video abstract for Plants,People,Planet
Video abstract
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Interview with Ruth on East Side FMEast Side FM
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AM fungi enhance plant tolerance
AM fungi enhance plant defence
Mycorrhizal fungi after fire
Mycorrhizal fungi after fire
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Mycorrhizal-mediated plant-herbivore interactions

In addition to impacting the nutrient status of their host plant(s), AM fungi can impact plant physiology and defence chemistry.  The outcome of the AM symbiosis for plants and insect herbivores is highly variable and context dependent, while the mechanisms underpinning these responses are not clear. The main focus of this research is to understand these interactions, the variability across different environments, and the mediating mechanisms.

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Impacts of silicon on plant defences against insect herbivores

How different plant traits determine plant-herbivore interactions has been a focus for researchers for many years. This research investigates how soil silicon availability impacts plant nutrient uptake, secondary metabolites and the effects on insect herbivores.

EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION

[2019 - presentLecturer (Environment and Sustainability), University of Southern Queensland, QLD

[2017 - 2019] Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University, NSW

[2012- 2017] PhD Ecology, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, NSW

[2006-2011] BSc (Hons), University of St Andrews, Scotland

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OTHER ROLES

Editor for Austral Ecology

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Associate Editor for Functional Ecology

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Editorial board member for Pedobiologia (Journal of Soil Ecology)

CONTACT ME

Room L314, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD

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