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...

Administration Officer

Chief Operations Officer

Communication Officer

PhD Student

Postdoctoral Fellow

Special Project Student

Technical Assistant

Technical Officer

Projects

Open to students

News & events

News

2019 ANU Federal Election Conversation Series - Food security
14
May
2019
Professor Owen Atkin and Professor Robert Furbank from RSB analyse the ongoing issues around food security and the policy direction needed to ensure Australia's ongoing prosperity.
29
Jan
2019
Human error, not human biology, largely accounts for the apparent decline of mortality among the very old, according to a new report publishing on December 20 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Saul Newman of the Research School of Biology, ANU. The result casts doubt on the hypothesis that human longevity can be greatly extended beyond current limits.
14
Nov
2018
Ben Long and Rob Sharwood (PS) were interviewed by Robyn Williams on the ABC’s Science Show.
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.

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Research background

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