A new dawn in plant breeding: Australian Plant Breeding Academy

The University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine is partnering with Australian Grain Technologies Pty Ltd (AGT) on a new academy to take Australia’s plant breeding into the future. This includes the development of a new research program aligned with priority crops and traits to break new ground in plant breeding. 

The partnership will also see the appointment of a Breeding Research Fellow responsible for the Academy’s breeding research portfolio, and the establishment of multiple Ph.D. scholars in plant breeding, the first of which will commence in 2022. 

Professor Jason Able from the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine said: “The success of the University’s breeding endeavors over the past 60-plus years can be found throughout the Australian agricultural industry today. Under the new Academy, we have the opportunity to continue our role in this area, and maintain our strong connection with industry.” 

AGT CEO and Head of Breeding Haydn Kuchel said: “Through its activities in education and breeding research, the Australian Plant Breeding Academy will lift the capability of the agrifood sector across Australia and maximize future profits for growers.” 

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