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 QAAFI, UQ and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).

CPS integrates strong disciplinary capabilities in major research focus areas to target improved crops, crop protection systems, and sustainable production systems.

The centre contributes strongly to UQ’s research strength, building and maintaining high-value research links across faculties and institutes (and with our national and international partners). CPS provides innovative plant-focused research for ongoing agricultural and food innovation.

Centre Director, Professor Graeme Hammer (below right) has been recognised internationally for his pioneering work in crop modelling in plant breeding and crop improvement in Australia. In 2012, he was awarded one of Australia’s most prestigious agriculture awards, the Farrer Memorial Medal. In March 2013, Professor Hammer was also honoured with the Australian Medal of Agricultural Science.

Prof. Graeme Hammer

Professor Hammer studies the physiology and genetics of crops with a focus on water productivity in cereals. His research underpins the development of mathematical models which can simulate the results of genetic and management manipulation of crops.

He leads a team of research scientists working 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 DAF 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 with a focus on postgraduate training
  • Become a recognised world-class centre in plant science R&D.

QAAFI's Centre for Plant Science 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 the centre provides innovative plant-focused research for ongoing agricultural and food innovation.

CONTACT CPS
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture & Food Innovation (QAAFI)
Queensland Bioscience Precinct
The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Tel: + 61 7 3346 0551
Fax: +61 7 3346 0555

CPS Administration Officer
Elizabeth Barnes
e.barnes1@uq.edu.au

Tel: (07) 3346 2776
Int. +61 7 3346 2776


Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI)

 
PARDI is organised under the QAAFI Centre for Plant Science (CPS) and is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

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. More/

 

QAAFI Centre for Plant Science section

Scientists unveil new way to grow quality wheat faster

10 Sep 2013
QAAFI scientists have discovered a fast way to develop a new strain of wheat that is resistant to stripe rust and pre-harvest sprouting. The research team developed the wheat product using a new breeding strategy that slashes development time from more than 10 years to just two-and-a-half years. Dr Lee Hickey, from UQ’s Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, said the technology was set to benefit farmers in the next few years with field trials being grown in Victoria and New South Wales.

Queensland science reveals genetic treasures in Africa’s most versatile crop, sorghum

28 Aug 2013
A consortium of Australian and Chinese researchers has discovered that sorghum, Africa’s most widespread crop, contains vastly more genetic variation than previously realised. In a paper published in 'Nature Communications' this week, researchers from The University of Queensland, the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and BGI (China), announced they had mapped the entire genome sequence in 44 sorghum lines.

UQ-DAF expertise underpins $4 million Gates grant for drought-resistant sorghum program

14 March 2013
QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman has today announced a $4 million international collaboration to improve sorghum productivity under drought conditions.

Global warming affects crop yields – but it’s the water not the heat!

4 March 2013
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.

2012 ‘Farrer Memorial Oration’

10 July 2012 -- Download Professor Graeme Hammer’s 2012 ‘Farrer Memorial Oration’

Prestigious agriculture award for QAAFI plant scientist

7 June 2012 -- A leading QAAFI plant scientist has been awarded one of Australia’s most prestigious agriculture awards, the Farrer Memorial Medal.

Predicting Crop Yields Seeds International Interest

6 Feb 2012 -- UQ’s Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) has bolstered its growing reputation for high-impact science by co-developing innovative new crop technology in consort with one of the world’s biggest seed companies.

Prof. Graeme Hammer

Director - Centre For Plant ScienceProf. Graeme Hammer
Research capabilities are focused on the major cereal crops: sorghum, maize and wheat. His expertise in crop ecophysiology and modelling enable Graeme to investigate traits and management systems that have the potential to deliver productivity gains in water-limited production environments.

Graeme conducts research on the physiology and genetics of complex adaptive traits in field crops with a focus on water productivity in cereals. His research underpins the development of mathematical models of crop growth, development and yield that enable simulation of consequences of genetic and management manipulation of crops in specific target environments.

Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI)

Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI)

Recent QAAFI Scientific Publications

Recent QAAFI scientific publications

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