The Big Picture


At the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, our scientists are improving cereal crops’ ability to grow in tough environments using the latest biotechnology leading to higher yields and more nutritious crops. This research involves both genetic modification (GM) and non-GM techniques. Scientists and policy makers agree that improving food productivity is one part of the solution to global food security especially considering predicted climatic variability, decreases in arable land, urban encroachment and other impacting factors.

Research. Knowledge. Technology.

Wheat and barley are two of Australia's most important cereal crops.

At ACPFG our scientists are improving wheat and barley's tolerance to environmental stresses such as drought, heat, salinity and nutrient toxicities. These stresses known as abiotic stresses, are a major cause of yield and quality loss throughout the world and cause significant problems for cereal growers.

We aim to improve wheat and barley's responses to these stresses using biotechnology. By using new technology and breeding techniques we are providing innovative and environmentally attractive solutions to the problems faced by cereal growers.

We're about research

Our research programs focus on these environmental stresses. Our scientists are investigating the genes that control tolerance mechanisms and developing strategies for applying these results to cereal breeding. This research is improving how these plants function and yield under changing climatic conditions.

We're about generating knowledge

Specifically, we're interested in knowledge about wheat and barley, and the many different ways that we can help these crops to grow in increasingly difficult environmental conditions.

And we're about technology

Our scientists are developing the technologies needed to produce new cereal varieties that allow sustainable farming to generate economic, social and environmental benefits to Australia. These technologies are directed into breeding programs, which then flow onto growers. ACPFG research is helping to ensure Australia maintains its competitive position in cereal production. 

ACPFG is located on the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide with research nodes at the Universities of South Australia, Queensland and Melbourne. 


ACPFG Investment

The Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics was established in December 2002 after it was granted $27 million from the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the South Australian Government.


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