Cereals provide more than 50% of the world's calories. With climate uncertainty and the increasing affluence of Asia, the demand for more meat, more nutritious foods and more non-food materials is straining the bio-economy.

At the same time, cereal yields are hitting some boundaries. Our research has shown we can push through some of those boundaries using biotechnological tools, creating higher yields and more desirable qualities for end-users.

Professor Ian Godwin

Centre for Crop Science, QAAFI, The University of Queensland

After 29 years as a teaching and research academic at UQ, Ian Godwin took up the position of Director of the Centre from Crop Science in February, 2019. His research has applied biotechnological tools to cereal crop improvement, with a particular focus on improving the quality and yield of sorghum. His popular science book "Good Enough to Eat?" outlines the history and potential of biotechnology in agricultural sustainability.



About Science Seminars

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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The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation is a research institute at The University of Queensland supported by the Queensland Government via the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.


Level 3, Queensland Biosciences Precinct Building #80, The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Large Seminar Room (3.142)