Crop improvement

Integrated pre-breeding research programs delivering advanced lines to industry based on advanced genetics, phenotyping, bioinformatics, trait physiology and modelling

Our research includes:

  • Germplasm development with structured populations, advanced phenotyping, and speed breeding in sorghum, barley, and wheat
  • Traits delivering adaptation to water limited environments and resistance to pests and diseases
  • Strong industry and international links

Growing more sorghum with less water

“It’s crucially important to food security in Africa as sorghum is grown in the drier and resourcepoor areas, where its capacity to better tolerate drought, high temperatures and low fertility make it a preferred crop to maize.” – Professor David Jordan

UQ Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) Senior Research Fellow Dr Lee Hickey said the NASA experiments involved using continuous light on wheat which triggered early reproduction in the plants.

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