The ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture will discover the adaptive strategies underpinning productivity and resilience in diverse plants and deepen knowledge of the genetic and physiological networks driving key traits. Using novel quantitative and computational approaches, the Centre will link gene networks with traits across biological levels, giving breeders an unparalleled predictive capacity. The Centre will accelerate technologies to transfer successful networks into crops and build legal frameworks to secure this knowledge. With a uniquely multidisciplinary team, the Centre will deliver new strategies to address the problems of food security and climate change, establishing Australia as a global leader in these areas.

Funding: $35 million over 7 years
Centre Director: Professor Christine Beveridge
Administering Organisation: The University of Queensland

Participating Organisations:

  • University of Tasmania
  • Monash University
  • Macquarie University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • The Crop Trust
  • The University of British Columbia
  • Kansas State University, USA
  • Harvard University, USA
  • Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Institute of Genetics And Developmental Biology Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
  • Bioplatforms Australia Ltd
  • Dupont Pioneer
  • International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre
  • Department of Agriculture and Fisheries