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Belinda Martin: Grieve Memorial Travel Award recipient

Brian Grieve bequest: honouring a memory and supporting the future

This award allowed me not only to present my research internationally, but also opened new possibilities for future research within the international community.

PhD student, Belinda Martin was the recipient of the Grieve Memorial Travel Award in 2017.

Enrolled in the School of Biological Science, her main area of research is in plant health and microbial functions in ecosystems. To date, this research has focused on rhizosphere environments, which is the zone of soil that is influenced by plant roots. Belinda's research in this area has included investigating plant-pathogen interactions and the role of plant root exudates in bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons. The award allowed her to travel to the United States to attend and present her research into seagrass microbiomes at the Coastal Estuarine Research Federation conference (CERF).

"Presenting at this conference exposed me to a rich and diverse knowledge base that is not only relevant to my current research in plant-microbe interactions but also opened new possibilities for future research within the international community. This experience also provided me a rare opportunity to gain first-hand expert advice on the interpretation and significance of my results and enabled me to maintain my collaborative links with researchers at various universities within the US working within coastal health."

Her current PhD research is in seagrass rhizospheres. The aim is to gain a greater understanding of the interaction among seagrass roots, sediments and microbial communities to improve management of these essential coastal ecosystems.

In honour of Professor Brian Grieve

Black and white photograph of Professor Brian Grieve 

A memorial gift is a wonderful way to remember a loved one, a friend or a colleague.

Professor Brian Grieve was a highly regarded botanist in the then Botany Department of The University of Western Australia. He was widely known for editing and co-authoring the multi-volume book series How to Know Western Australian Wildflowers (1954–1975), whose first volume was the first book published by The University of Western Australia Press (now UWA Publishing).

Professor Grieve’s family, friends, colleagues and benefactors established a fund to provide a travel award, in honour of his memory.

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