Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Media issued by The Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics           
A new research program is being supported by the  US Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with The Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) and Vibha Agrotech Limited to apply transgenic technologies to enhance environmental stress tolerance in cereal crops. The research is part of the US government’s global  hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. The collaboration will combine the ACPFG gene systems and technologies with the field evaluation and rice transformation capabilities of Vibha. A series of transgenic wheat and  rice lines will be developed that show enhanced tolerance to drought and salinity stresses.