Genetic diversity is an essential building block for plant breeding programs. Identifying valuable genetic diversity can sometimes feel like finding a needle in a genetic haystack. Over the last few decades, the emergence of new technologies offer opportunities to fast-track this process. In this presentation, the development and deployment of a range of genomics resources to support sorghum crop improvement will be detailed, including a pan-genome which identifies and catalogues thousands of novel genes from crop wild relatives not previously identified in cultivated sorghum. Such resources are powerful tools to bridge the gap between genomics and applied breeding.

Dr Mobashwer Alam headshotDr Emma Mace

For the last 5 years, Emma has worked for both the University of Queensland and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Emma’s research interest is in the development and application of innovation genomics tools to support plant breeding programs, with a particularly focus on the grain crop sorghum. Emma is involved in a range of projects to increase the rate of genetic gain in sorghum improvement programs both in Australia and internationally, through work in Ethiopia funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr Emma Mace, Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Centre for Crop Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation E: emma.mace@uq.edu.au

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Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation hosts science seminars across the disciplines of animal, horticulture, crop, food and nutritional sciences.

With a range of speakers from Australia and abroad, the series explores how high-impact science will significantly improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the tropical and sub-tropical food, fibre and agribusiness sectors.

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