We are a highly motivated team of early-career scientists and PhD students who specialise in plant breeding innovation and are passionate about global food security. We are committed to supporting the development of more resilient and productive food crops for our future.
By bringing together diverse skill sets, we contribute to solving the most pressing issues caused by constantly evolving plant disease pathogens, climate change, and the growing world population.
Our genetic studies improve our understanding of gene effects, trait interactions, and interactions with specific environments. Our mission is to inform and provide tools to plant breeders, to better equip them, and help assemble improved cultivars for farmers.
Our research is focused on key abiotic and biotic factors that limit grain production, as well as the development of novel breeding tools and methodologies.
Our germplasm pipeline takes advantage of large nested-association mapping (NAM) populations, speed breeding technology, high-throughput phenotyping methods, and genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) marker platforms. We develop novel pre-breeding germplasm with adapted genetic backgrounds, along with validated marker-trait associations.