Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics

The Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics has been established as a world-class centre to map the genes that control plant responses to abiotic stresses, such as drought and salt, in wheat, barley and other crops in the Australian grain industry. It is applying genomics research to critical problems and opportunities relevant to the Australian grains industry. The Centre plays an important role in the development of wheat and barley varieties for Australian farmers.

The Centre has the scale and focus to attract world-class researchers and students through the provision of advanced infrastructure and outstanding research leadership.

The Centre is jointly funded by the ARC and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). The ARC and the GRDC have each provided $10 million over five years, in the case of the latter, in part through contributions by grain growers. The South Australian Government has contributed $12 million while $3.6 million has been contributed by participating universities. An extension of the Centre’s funding has been granted, with an additional $21 million to be provided by the ARC and GRDC for a further five years.

The Centre is hosted by The University of Adelaide and has a number of partners including The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland and The University of South Australia.

The Centre addresses community concerns about the genetic modification of plants, by contributing to the public debate through an active community outreach programme.

Guidelines for funding commencing 2002

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