- Centre for Plant Science (CPS)
Centre for Plant Science (CPS)
The Centre for Plant Science (CPS) delivers enhanced economic and environmental outcomes for plant industries in Queensland and Australia by linking excellence in discovery and the plant science development capabilities of UQ and the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF).
CPS integrates strong disciplinary capabilities in major research focus areas to target improved crops, crop protection systems, and sustainable production systems.
The centre’s major objectives include to:
pursue excellence in plant science at molecular, whole plant, and production system levels for the benefit of plant industries.
provide a vehicle for enhanced collaboration between UQ and DAFF in plant science of strategic importance.
develop and maintain strong linkages with rural and manufacturing industries.
enhance efficiency in research investment and improve opportunities to obtain major grant funding.
contribute to the next generation of plant scientists by a focus on training at postgraduate level.
become a recognised world-class centre in plant science R&D.
CPS contributes strongly to UQ's research strength, building and maintaining high-value research links across UQ's faculties and institutes (and with our national and international partners). Overall CPS provides innovative plant-focused research for ongoing agricultural and food innovation. Download an informal summary of plant-science research in Queensland by UQ's Prof. Ian Godwin (updated 19 April 2012).
CPS Director - Professor Graeme Hammer
The QAAFI Biological Information Technology (QBIT), formally Centre for Biological Information Technology (CBIT), is now part of the Centre for Plant Sciences within the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) Institute. It is involved in the research, development and support of software tools that are used world-wide for research, teaching and learning, and decision support activities in biology and other disciplines.
As a not-for-profit group funded through grants, contracts and consultancies, and software sales through an online shop.
QBIT's research and development is focussed on three main research themes:
- Software for developing identification guides for biological taxa
- Scenario based learnning software for creating interactive learning scenarios
- Computational modelling for biological research and education
QBIT is also involved in various collaborative projects with UQ and external clients, including the development of web applications, databases and other multimedia projects. QBIT has an established international reputation, a strong intellectual property portfolio and expertise in taxonomy and diagnostics, education and training.
To view our QBIT staff profiles please go to this link:
Established in February 2010, PARDI is a relatively new initiative that seeks to create sustainable livelihood developments for the South Pacific forestry, fisheries and crop-based sectors.
PARDI scientists undertake supply chain and market-driven research to identify constraints that impede economic development in the South Pacific. Outcomes are likely to include new skills, new technologies and product options that will benefit locals and the whole South Pacific region. [CONT.]
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QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman has today announced a $4 million international collaboration to improve sorghum productivity under drought conditions.
THE effect global warming will have on plants is now better understood thanks to advanced modelling provided by UQ’s Professor Graeme Hammer, one of Australia’s leading crop scientists.