Furbank Group – Improving photosynthesis and crop yield

Wheat and rice

Research in the Furbank Group focuses on the identification of enhanced photosynthetic properties in crop and model plant germplasm and improving C4 photosynthesis. In rice, the Group is using molecular techniques to install a CO2 concentrating mechanism as part of the IRRI led Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-supported C4 Rice Consortium. In wheat, the Group works closely with the Grains Research and Development Corporation to identify genetic variation in photosynthetic performance and develop new tools for high throughput measurement of photosynthesis.

Members

Leader

Robert Furbank

Robert Furbank
Robert heads the Furbank Lab – Improving photosynthesis and crop yield, and is the Centre Director of Translational...

Chief Operations Officer

Communication Officer

PhD Student

Postdoctoral Fellow

Special Project Student

Technical Assistant

Technical Officer

Projects

Open to students

News & events

News

02
Oct
2018
An international research team has found they can increase corn productivity by targeting the enzyme in charge of capturing CO2 from the atmosphere.
17
Oct
2016
Research led by The Australian National University (ANU) is helping to develop food crops with bigger yields and greater ability to cope with drought compared with today’s plants.
Setaria leaf 3D image
05
Jul
2016
Scientists from the Centre have recently published their findings in the journal Plant Cell. 
10
May
2016
The University of Wollongong awarded the degree in recognition of Professor Furbank’s outstanding scholarship in plant biology and his service to sustainable agricultural development and innovation. 

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Research background

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