Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture

ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture

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Trial plot of a Sorghum crop for plant breeding

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture is developing innovative tools and strategies to improve the productivity of plants and their resilience to heat and drought. By looking to nature, we are discovering the diverse adaptive strategies that plants use to deal with heat and drought. Capitalising on rapid advances in genome sequencing and computational and mathematical capability, we are joining the dots between desirable whole-plant adaptive traits and the complex interplay of the genetic and physiological networks that underpin them. With this new knowledge and through our multidisciplinary approach, we are developing predictive tools for plant breeding that will transform the industry. Not only are we future-proofing crops and native plant species, we are also modernising outdated legal and social frameworks, advancing evolutionary systems biology, and transforming plant science for the next generation.

Website https://www.plantsuccess.org/

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Understanding physiological and genetic drivers of adaptions in plants
  • Mathematics and software to estimate phenotype/yield based on genotype
  • Innovative legal paradigms to protect complex and intangible intellectual proprty
  • Novel plant genomes and genomic diversity to help safeguard species

Facilities and major equipment

  • High performance computing

Number of research staff

100-200 research staff


Level 1, Goddard Building (8), University Dr, University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4067

Organisation type

  • Australian Research Centre of Excellence - Headquarters

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