We propose a novel approach to improve sustainable yield by optimising the overall efficiency of energy capture, conversion and use by plants. Efficiency gains in metabolism, transport, and development will be more effective than optimising single nutrient inputs or product outputs. Improving multiple parameters simultaneously is a necessary solution to the increasing demand for more crop yield from finite land, water, and nutrient resources. Unpredictable environmental challenges adversely affect plant growth and further perturb plant energy balance, limiting yield. The epigenetic controls, gene variants and signals discovered will provide a new basis for sustainable productivity of crops and will future-proof plants in changing climates. 

Funding: $26 million over 7 years

Centre Director: Professor Harvey Millar

Administering Organisation: The University of Western Australia

Collaborating and Partner Organisations:

  • La Trobe University 
  • The Australian National University 
  • The University of Adelaide 
  • Agilent Technologies Australia 
  • Grains Research and Development Corporation 
  • Groupe Limagrain – Vilmorin & Cie 
  • Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology 
  • Photon Systems Instruments 
  • Salk Institute of Biological Studies 
  • Umeå Plant Science Centre 
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
  • University of Turku, Finland 
  • Zhejiang University 
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