Plant scientist, Oula Ghannoum

Plant physiologist Associate Professor Oula Ghannoum is working on solutions to problems of climate change and food security. Her research aims at discovering ways of enhancing photosynthesis and optimising protected cropping.

Listen using the audio player above or by accessing the podcast from your preferred podcast platform such as iTunes or Stitcher or Spotify.

As well as explaining her research interests, Oula shares personal and vocational experiences such as migrating to Australia from war-torn Lebanon and how being vision-impaired informed some aspects of her career choices.

Oula Ghannoum is with the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment and is Discipline Lead in Biological Sciences at Western Sydney University. Oula is also an Associate Editor of the Oxford University Press journal Annals of Botany and an Associate Editor of the CSIRO journal Functional Plant Biology.

You can see these aerial images of a smart glasshouse, as discussed in the episode, at Oula’s LinkedIn post here.

And here are some more resources for your information:

NVPCC | National Vegetable Protected Cropping Centre (

Home – Future Food Systems

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A more concise radio version of the conversation can be heard on demand at the 2SER show page

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