Welcome to

ARC CoE for Plant Success in
Nature and Agriculture

WHY WAS THE ARC COE FOR PLANT SUCCESS IN NATURE AND AGRICULTURE CREATED?

Global demand for plant production is at an all-time high. As world populations have increased there has been a steady decline in arable land despite a steady increase in average yield per land area. Over the next 30 years, the worlds’ population is projected to rise 25%. Without any change in this trajectory the agricultural yield gap will continue to increase).  Additionally, 66% of the world’s calorie intake is derived from just three crops which is surely not a recipe for sustainable land use nor healthy living.

Sources: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO);

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ARC CoE for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture

WHAT IS THE CENTRE DOING TO HELP?

The ARC CoE for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture will make significant advances in the emerging fields of evolutionary systems biology (how plants work and evolve) and predictive analytics (mathematics) to deliver novel strategies for improving ecosystem management, crop resilience and yield.  Parallel advances in legal and social frameworks will modernise outdated precedents in these areas, enabling truly impactful research to be fully recognised, with greater scope for commercialisation and public uptake. Through strong industrial and global partnerships and interdisciplinary collaborations, mentoring and communication, the Centre for Plant Success will transform plant science for the next generation.

HOW WILL THE CENTRE ACHIEVE ITS GOAL?

The CoE for Plant Success will draw on the world-leading research of its Chief and Partner Investigators to deepen and extend knowledge of genetic networks that control key functional processes to understand how they have evolved and are integrated in the context of whole-plant performance and success in agriculture and nature. Beginning with established model plant systems, the Centre team will combine biological discovery with advanced mathematics to extend its research across diverse natural and crop systems to model and predict mechanisms and strategies for adaptation to heat and drought.

CoE for Plant Success scientists

WHO'S INVOLVED:

The CoE for Plant Success is bringing together a diverse range of acclaimed scientists including plant biologists, mathematical modellers, crop breeders and legal and computer experts. Our Australian research groups are located in Queensland (The University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology), New South Wales (Western Sydney University), Victoria (Monash University) and Tasmania (University of Tasmania) and we are partnering with a range of domestic and multinational organisations.

MEET THE CHIEF INVESTIGATORS

The University of Queensland
Centre Director

The University of Queensland
Deputy Director & Node Leader

University of Tasmania
Node Leader

Monash University
Node Leader

Queensland University of Technology
Node Leader

Western Sydney University
Node Leader

Queensland University of Technology

The University of Queensland

University of Tasmania
Outreach Leader

The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland

University of Tasmania

The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland
Researcher Development Leader

The University of Queensland

University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania

MEET THE CENTRE OFFICE FOR RESEARCH MANAGEMENT AND SUPPORT (CORMS) TEAM

The University of Queensland
Chief Operating Officer

The University of Queensland
Business Manager

The University of Queensland
Node Administrator

University of Tasmania
Node Administrator

Queensland University of Technology
Node Administrator

The University of Queensland
Communications and Engagement Officer

Monash University
Node Administrator

University of Tasmania
Outreach Officer

Western Sydney University
Node Administrator

The University of Queensland
Project Administrator

CONTACT

The investigators and admin group are busy building the core foundations for the CoE to ensure it succeeds in its mission.  Our full website will be available soon.

For further information regarding our work or to register your interest in joining our team please get in touch – admin@plantsuccess.org

Our Partners

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

The following positions are available with the Centre, positions in green have a strong quantitative/modelling or bioinformatics aspect while those in blue have a physiology/development or molecular biology focus:

PhD: Genomic analysis of mechanisms of adaptive evolution, Primary Supervisor: Robert Henry, Node: The University of Queensland, applications close 26 November 2021.

PhD: Computational modelling approach to understanding shoot architecture including branding and flowering, Primary Supervisor: Christine Beveridge, Node: The University of Queensland, applications close 10 December 2021.

PhD: Evolution of osmoregulation in plants, Primary Supervisor: Frances Sussmilch, Node: University of Tasmania, applications close 7 March 2022 unless filled prior.

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