Putting wheat under the artistic microscope

Over the next 18 months, CSIRO will host artist Eleanor Gates-Stuart as she creates her new work StellrScopE.

StellrScopE is a look into the physical and biological traits of plants and through this Eleanor aims to tell the story about the Canberra connection to the science behind Australia’s major food crop, wheat.

“Wheat is something that is such a part of our everyday lives, but we often don’t consider much about it beyond what we see as food products,” Eleanor said. “I want to look at the complex biological structure of wheat and the hundreds of years of research knowledge that we have about wheat to communicate its beauty, complexity and importance.”

An earlier work by Eleanor Gates-Stuart, Finger Codes, looked at how a simple mark, like our fingerprint, can be tied to masses of complex information – like the sort of information included in your passport.

Eleanor will be working with Matthew Morell, Future Grains Theme Leader in CSIRO’s Food Futures Flagship to understand how the wheat genome affects its physical traits. Also helping her out will be David Lovell, Bioinformatics and Analytics Leader, CSIRO Transformational Biology to explore the role of the information sciences in modern bioscience.

Eleanor’s residency at CSIRO has been made possible by the Centenary Science Art Commission, a commission to produce a major science-based artwork as part of Centenary of Canberra celebrations.

The Centenary Science Art Commission StellrScopE is a Centenary of Canberra project, proudly supported by the ACT Government and Australian Government.

Links: Centenary of Canberra and Eleanor Gates-Stuart

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