Furbank Group – Improving photosynthesis and crop yield

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.

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PS Webinar Series: Machine Learning, Satellites, and Crops – The (very near and exciting) future of space-based plant biology

Event | Wed 29 July 2020
This seminar will discuss the terabytes of unused satellite data that observe the natural world, yet have not been widely used for field biology, in the context of agriculture.

PS Webinar Series: PhD Exit Webinar - The SWEET Journey from Source to Sink in Setaria viridis: The Role of Sugar Effluxers

Event | Fri 17 July 2020
This research project investigates how photoassimilates moves from source leaves to other sink tissues that accumulate large amounts of carbohydrates. Many sinks such as stem and seeds/grains rely on the accumulation of sugars and starch during their development as they mature and become storage tissue.

PS Seminar: Engineering crops for resistance to disease and tolerance to environmental stress

Event | Mon 11 November 2019
A major goal for food and agricultural research is to increase the resiliency of agricultural systems to adapt to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Prof. Ronald will describe how genetic approaches are being used to generate the next generation of crops that will help farmers thrive in these challenging conditions.

Food for the future demands radical agriculture: the C4 rice challenge

Event | Thu 26 April 2018

Discovered 50 years ago in Australia, C4 Photosynthesis is one of the most efficient ways plants transform sunlight into food.

Research to turbocharge rice given major funding boost

Story | Tuesday 3 December 2019
Research that could transform global rice production by increasing yields from the world’s number one food crop has been boosted by five more years of funding.
2019 ANU Federal Election Conversation Series - Food security

2019 ANU Federal Election Conversation Series - Food security

Story | Tuesday 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.

Human mortality 'plateau' may be statistical error, not hint of immortality

Story | Tuesday 29 January 2019
Human error, not human biology, largely accounts for the apparent decline of mortality among the very old, according to a new report 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.

Designing a more productive corn, able to cope with future climates

Story | Tuesday 2 October 2018
An international research team has found they can increase corn productivity by targeting the enzyme in charge of capturing CO2 from the atmosphere.

Rob Sharwood

Story | Tuesday 16 January 2018

Research background

Research to help develop next-generation food crops

Story | Monday 17 October 2016

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