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Transforming the Cotton Industry.

Over 95 per cent of Australian cotton is bred from a CSIRO variety, reducing pesticide use by up to 85 per cent.

Dr Gonzalo Estavillo: Enhancing photosynthesis and crop yield improvement

Dr Estavillo is a plant physiologist and molecular biologist building capabilities in plant photosynthesis and Phenomics to study the potential links between photosynthesis and crop yield.

Dr Andrew James: breeding soybeans

Dr Andrew James is leading CSIRO’s soybean breeding program with an emphasis on improving culinary quality.

Dr Margaret Roper: specialising in soil microbiology

Dr Margaret Roper specialises in soil and plant associated microbiology, in particular, the impact of sandy soils and farming practices on crop yields.

Dr Susie Sprague: caring for canola

Dr Susie Sprague is studying effective farm management in relation to Blackleg - a plant disease that targets canola crops.

Dr Richard James: breeding salt tolerant wheat varieties

Dr Richard James is breeding wheat varieties to combat salinity.

Prof Steve Swain: studying plant hormones and reproductive development

Prof Steve Swain is developing novel methods of weed control based on targeting plants' reproductive development.

Dr Warwick Stiller: breeding better cotton

Dr Warwick Stiller is part of a large and sophisticated cotton breeding program at CSIRO Plant Industry.

Dr Rob Walker: improving salt tolerance and water use efficiency

Dr Rob Walker is increasing our understanding of how plants tolerate salinity and limited water availability, particularly how some plants can limit the uptake of salt and how this contributes to salt tolerance.

Dr Sam Periyannan: mapping and cloning rust resistance genes

Dr Sam Periyannan is developing methods to identify and validate molecular markers linked to rust resistance in wheat.

CSIRO Plant Industry

CSIRO Plant Industry conducts research to promote profitable and sustainable agrifood, fibre and horticultural industries, develop new plant products and improve natural resource management.


CSIRO's Phytotron continues to produce great science and act as a melting pot for the world's leading plant scientists to tackle pressing global issues. Here we celebrate the building's illustrious past and its bright future.

Dr Mark R Thomas: understanding grapevine genetics

Research by Dr Mark R Thomas is improving our understanding of the function of grapevine genes, helping to improve grape and wine quality.

Insect protected cowpeas

Cowpeas are an important food crop in sub-Saharan Africa but yields are often reduced by more than 80 per cent due to pests and diseases. CSIRO Plant Industry is part of a global project to improve cowpea production in Africa and is making progress towards incorporating ‘built-in’ insect pest protection that could help to reduce food shortages in the region.

Dr Rosemary White: understanding plant development

Dr Rosemary White investigates how plant development is controlled at the cellular level and manages CSIRO's Microscopy Centre in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

DIR121 Safflower trial

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved an application from CSIRO to establish field plots of experimental safflower lines genetically modified (GM) to contain elevated levels oleic acid.

Dual-purpose Cropping in the High Rainfall Zone

A new CSIRO project takes dual-purpose crops to the whole-farm level, increasing flexibility for farmers as climate conditions become more challenging and offering potential extra earnings of A$150m per year in New South Wales alone.

Dr Ian Dry: fighting grapevine disease

Dr Ian Dry is leading research into grapevine disease resistance, in particular by looking at developing molecular strategies to improve the genetic resistance of all horticultural crops to fungal pathogens.

Dr Lyndsey Vivian: researching how wetlands respond to drought and floods

Dr Lyndsey Vivian is investigation the effects of drought and floods on wetland vegetation.

Dr Robert Furbank: researching photosynthesis, Phenomics and plant carbon partitioning

Dr Robert Furbank aims to improve crop yield and product quality by researching photosynthesis carbon partitioning using new plant Phenomics and genetic tools.

Dr Afshin Grahramani: Modelling future agricultural systems

Dr Afshin Ghahramani is investigating how agricultural systems will adapt to predicted changes to the climate.

Dr Greg Tanner: developing low gluten cereals

Dr Greg Tanner is using protein purification techniques to help modify the properties of plants.

Dr Sally-Ann Walford: studying cotton fibre

Dr Sally-Ann Walford is investigating the molecular basis for cotton fibre growth and development.

Dr Xavier Sirault: probing plant function and performance in dynamic environments

Dr Xavier Sirault applies his unique skills as an agricultural engineer and research plant scientist to dissect complex quantitative traits in plants and model their expression and plasticity under dynamic environments.

Dr Greg Rebetzke: breeding wheat

Dr Greg Rebetzke leads a CSIRO Plant Industry team involved in physiological and molecular wheat breeding.

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