Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Suzy Rogiers

Dr Suzy Rogiers

PhD, Plant Physiology

Suzy attained her PhD from the University of Alberta, Canada in 1997 where she studied the ripening physiology and biochemistry of saskatoon berries, a miniature pome fruit native to western Canada. Since then she has been investigating grapevine physiology with an emphasis on plant water relations and berry development.  She is currently a Senior Research Scientist with the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

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Specialisation: Berry development and vine water relations

Focus area: vascular transport, source-sink, water stress, stomatal conductance

Rising temperatures and severe heat events are a dominant concern in warm, non-irrigated regions as well as in irrigated regions experiencing reduced water allocations and high running costs related to irrigation. We are studying the implications of these factors on vine growth and water-use efficiency in several drought-tolerant and drought-sensitive varieties. Berry development is also responsive to the environment and the implications of high VPD and warm, dry soils on berry composition and size are under investigation. 

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1.   Rogiers SY, Clarke SJ. 2013. Nocturnal and daytime stomatal conductance respond to root-zone temperature in 'Shiraz' grapevines. Annals of Botany 111: 433-444.

2. Rogiers SY, Hatfield JM, Greer DH, Hutton RJ, Clarke SJ, Hutchinson PA, Somers A. 2012. Stomatal response of an anisohydric cultivar to evaporative demand, available soil moisture and ABA. Tree Physiology 32:249-261.

3. Clarke SJ, Rogiers SY, Currie G. 2012. Long-distance transport of pertechnetate in the moonflower, Ipomoea alba. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 103: 54-58.

4. Rogiers SY, Smith JP, Holzapfel BP, Hardie WJ. 2011. Soil temperature moderates grapevine carbohydrate reserves after bud-break and conditions fruit set responses to photoassimilatory stress. Functional Plant Biology 38:899-909.

5. Rogiers SY, Holzapfel BP, Smith JP. 2011. Sugar accumulation in roots of two grape varieties with contrasting response to water stress. Annals of Applied Biology 159: 399-413.

6. Rogiers SY, Greer DH, Hutton RJ, Clarke SJ. 2011. Transpiration efficiency of the grapevine cv. Semillon is tied to VPD in warm climates. Annals of Applied Biology 158: 106-114.

7. Rogiers, SY, WJ Hardie, Smith JP. 2011. Stomatal density of grapevine leaves (V. vinifera L) responds to soil temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 17: 147-152.

8. Clarke SJ, Hardie WJ, Rogiers SY. 2010. Changes in susceptibility of grape berries to splitting are related to impaired osmotic water uptake associated with losses in cell vitality. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 16: 469-476.

9. Rogiers SY, Greer DH, Hutton RJ, Landsberg JJ. 2009. Does night-time transpiration contribute to anisohydric behaviour in a Vitis vinifera cultivar? Journal of Experimental Botany 60: 3751-3763.

10. Greer DH, Rogiers SY 2009. Water flux of Vitis vinifera L. cv. Shiraz bunches throughout development and in relation to late-season weight loss. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture 60: 155-161.

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