Discover. Connect. Innovate. The ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture aims to transform plant science for the next generation through strong industrial and global partnerships, interdisciplinary collaborations, mentoring and communication.


Global demand for plant production is at an all-time high. As the human population has increased there has been a steady decline in arable land despite a steady increase in average yield per land area. 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 Parallel advances in legal and social frameworks will modernise outdated precedents in these areas, enabling truly impactful research to be fully recognised, with greater scope for commercialisation and public uptake.





Different thinking, common purpose

In a career which began before anyone had a computer and no plant gene had been isolated, I have graduated from, or been employed by, six universities and four research institutes on four continents, and have witnessed some truly staggering advances in plant science during that time. But I have never before encountered anything like the ARC Centre of Excellence for…

Francois Barbier – the ‘budding’ scientist

Captivated by carnivorous plants from a young age, Francois Barbier never doubted that he would one day become a plant scientist.  Years later, with a PhD on the role of sugars in triggering shoot branching in the rose, he had a chance encounter with Prof. Christine Beveridge in Paris, which led to him taking up a post-doctoral position in 2015…

Eloise with Her Excellency the Hon. Barbara Baker AC, Governor of Tasmania

Dr Eloise Foo awarded the MR Banks medal

Plant Success Chief Investigator, Eloise Foo was announced as the co-recipient of the Royal Society of Tasmania MR Banks medal in 2020 for her work on plant-microbe interactions. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony was delayed until 16 August 2021, with Eloise invited to accept the award at Government House in Hobart. ​​​​​​​The Governor of Tasmania, the Honourable Barbara Baker presented…