- QAAFI Centre for Plant Science
QAAFI Centre for Plant Science
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.
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.
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
Tel: (07) 3346 2776
Int. +61 7 3346 2776
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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.
Understanding genetic regulatory networks in plants
Exploring plant-plant and plant-environment interactions
Virtual insect modelling system
Modelling the role of fiber in human digestion
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.