Discovery Early Career Researcher Award - Grant ID: DE170101296 [ 2017 - 2023 ]

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Researchers Dr Lee Hickey

Brief description This project aims to design drought-resistant crops. Since the Green Revolution, rates of genetic gain for wheat yield have begun to plateau, while climate change threatens productivity and global food security. Numerous breeding technologies have emerged, including genomic selection, speed breeding, high-throughput phenotyping and crop modelling. This project will develop and validate crop improvement protocols by fusing these four technologies. More efficient breeding techniques could accelerate genetic gain in wheat beyond what is expected in ongoing breeding programs, and enable breeders to develop robust cereal varieties in the face of climate change.

Funding Amount $372,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

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