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A/Prof Eloise Foo

Senior Lecturer - Natural Science, University of Tasmania

"What I love about working in STEMM is the intellectual freedom and the creativity.

I think a lot of people forget how creative science is."

Eloise grew up in country NSW and studied science through to her PhD at the University of Queensland, where she fostered her love of plants and her interest in how they grow and develop. Eloise came to Tasmania for the amazing lifestyle, and for the past 14 years, she has led her own independent research group examining how plants interact with nutrient-acquiring microbes. This research has uncovered how plants and microbes communicate to enable plants to gain the maximum benefit from these intimate associations. Eloise hopes this will provide the basis for advancements in sustainable agriculture. Her research is now part of the Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture: an Australia-wide group that brings together plant developmental experts, ecologists, plant breeders and legal experts for future plant solutions.