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Waite Agriculture, Food and Wine Seminar Series

May 30, 10:30 am

Please come along to this campus-wide seminar series. One week we will hear from a group leader or a visitor to the campus and the following week from two ECR/MCRs from the Waite Future Leaders cohort.

Come and hear about great science going on across the campus, up the road or across the sea! Expand your network and find new collaborators!

Everyone is welcome to a shared morning tea (please bring your own coffee cup) following the seminar.

WHEN: Thursday 30th May 2019. 10:30am Seminar, followed by morning tea
WHERE: Plant Research Centre Auditorium
SPEAKER:  Tristan Coram, Australian Grain Technologies
TITLE: Australian Grain Technologies: who we are, what we do and how we can link with the pre-breeding community

About the Speaker

I earned my Ph.D. in Plant Genetics & Breeding in 2006 from RMIT University in Melbourne. Following this, I spent 3 years as a post-doc with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (Pullman, Washington and Raleigh, North Carolina) where I worked on pre-breeding and genetics of rust resistance in wheat.

I joined Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2009 as a Trait Manager for corn input traits, where I managed projects to characterize and develop transgenic insect resistance and herbicide tolerance traits. I then became Agronomic Traits Program Leader and Field Phenotyping Group Leader, where I was responsible for developing R&D strategy and implementing field phenotyping capabilities to deliver traits for drought tolerance and nitrogen use efficiency. After establishing this capability, I served as Trait Manager Group Leader with responsibility for developing transgenic trait solutions across multiple crops. In my final role at Dow I was the Seeds Global Production Research Leader, responsible for characterizing lines for hybrid seed production across multiple crops and geographies.

I returned to Australia and joined Australian Grain Technologies in 2016. AGT is Australia’s largest plant breeding company and my role is Head of Science and Business Development. In this role I manage research projects/partnerships with Institutes and Universities both in Australia and overseas, aimed at improving our crop varieties and breeding technologies. I am also responsible for business development activities including strategies for growth and investment for AGT, such as new crops, traits and technologies.


Auditorium, Plant Research Centre
2b Hartley Grove
Urrbrae, South Australia 5064 Australia
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