ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Wheat in a Hot Dry Climate
LOCATION: Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, Plant Genomics Centre | Hartley Grove, Waite Campus, Urrbrae
Who We Are & Key Research Areas
The Australian Research Council Research Hub for Wheat in a Hot and Dry Climate ran from 2015 until 2020. The Hub brought wheat researchers and Australia’s three major wheat breeding companies together, to exploit global diversity for wheat and advanced genomic technologies for faster development of heat and drought tolerant varieties which make better use of nitrogen fertiliser.
The four key research areas of the hub:
- Drought and heat tolerance
- Germplasm development for genetic diversity
- High throughput phenotyping tools
- Linkage of yield and grain nitrogen
The research hub was funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council’s Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme, as well as the Grains Research and Development Corporation. The following breeding companies, universities and institute were hub partners:
- Australian Grain Technologies
- LongReach Plant Breeders
- University of Adelaide
- University of Sydney
- University of South Australia
- Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics
Our Mission & Vision
Our mission was to enhance productivity and secure high grain quality of wheat in the hot and dry Australian climate. We fully accomplished our set goals, which included:
- Develop wheat with combined heat and drought tolerance by advancing existing knowledge and technologies and transferring wheat material and knowhow to breeding programmes
- Elucidate mechanisms and molecular markers for combined heat and drought tolerance by exploring genetic diversity in wheat
- Identify mechanisms and genetic diversity for high yielding wheat with efficient nitrogen recycling and high grain protein.
- Build human capacity in molecular breeding and providing breeders access to the latest scientific developments and technologies.
- Develop and test high-throughput field phenotyping tools for Australian breeders
Associate Professor Stuart Roy started a new position as Deputy Director – Industry for the new 2021 ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Accelerated Future Crop Development.
RELATED NEWS & EVENTS
An online Showcase for the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Wheat in a Hot and Dry Climate is now live. This is in place of the Wheat Hub’s Showcase event at the National Wine Centre which was unfortunately cancelled earlier this year due to Covid-19.
These findings are anticipated to facilitate the breeding of new salt tolerant wheat cultivars with these sub-traits.