Farquhar Group - Coordination of CO2 fixation and transpiration in plants

Eucalyptus forest

Group research topics include:

  • Integration of photosynthesis and growth with nitrogen and water use of plants
  • Stomatal physiology
  • Isotopic composition of plants
  • Global change science.



Graham Farquhar

Graham Farquhar
Distinguished Professor Graham Farquhar AO, FAA, FRS, NAS has undertaken and led research across a broad range of fields and...


Selected publications

  • Genomic regions for canopy temperature and their genetic association with stomatal conductance and grain yield in wheat Rebetzke, Greg J.; Rattey, Allan R.; Farquhar, Graham D.; et al. Functional Plant Biology 40 Issue: 1 Pages: 14-33 Published: 2013
  • A controlled test of the dual-isotope approach for the interpretation of stable carbon and oxygen isotope ratio variation in tree rings Roden, John S.; Farquhar, Graham D. Tree Physiology 32 Issue: 4 Pages: 490-503 Published: APR 2012
  • Sun, Fubao; Roderick, Michael L.; Farquhar, Graham D. Changes in the variability of global land precipitation Geophysical Research Letters 39 Published: OCT 2 2012
  • Roderick, Michael L.; Farquhar, Graham D., GEOENGINEERING Hazy, cool and well fed? Nature Climate Change 2 Issue: 2 Pages: 76-77 Published: FEB 2012
  • Farquhar, Graham D.; Cernusak, Lucas A. Ternary effects on the gas exchange of isotopologues of carbon dioxide Plant Cell and Environment 35 Issue: 7 Pages: 1221-1231 Published: JUL 2012
  • Lim, Wee Ho; Roderick, Michael L.; Hobbins, Michael T.; et al. The aerodynamics of pan evaporation Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 152 Pages: 31-43 Published: JAN 15 2012
  • Roderick, Michael L.; Farquhar, Graham D. A simple framework for relating variations in runoff to variations in climatic conditions and catchment properties Water Resources Research 47 Published: JUN 21 2011
  • Roderick, Michael L.; Farquhar, Graham D. A simple framework for relating variations in runoff to variations in climatic conditions and catchment properties Water Resources Research 47 Published: JUN 21 2011
  • Sun, Fubao; Roderick, Michael L.; Lim, Wee Ho; et al.Hydroclimatic projections for the Murray-Darling Basin based on an ensemble derived from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change AR4 climate models Water Resources Research 47 Published: APR 1 2011
  • Zhou, Youping; Grice, Kliti; Chikaraishi, Yoshito; et al. Temperature effect on leaf water deuterium enrichment and isotopic fractionation during leaf lipid biosynthesis: Results from controlled growth of C-3 and C-4 land plants Phytochemistry 72 Issue: 2-3 Pages: 207-213 Published: FEB 2011.

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News & events


Distinguished Professor Graham Farquhar has been honoured with a tapestry representing his life's work, including his Kyoto Prize, unveiled at University House.
An international research team has found they can increase corn productivity by targeting the enzyme in charge of capturing CO2 from the atmosphere.
ANU congratulates distinguished scientist and ANU Professor Graham Farquhar AO for being named the 2018 Senior Australian of the Year.
Dr Florian Busch with his revamped photosynthesis model
Every time you breathe you are producing carbon dioxide and taking up oxygen from the atmosphere.



Drysdale wheat

Australia is a dry country and the agricultural industry strives to breed new crop varieties that use water more efficiently so farmers can continue to produce good quality yields in dry conditions.
Distinguished Professor Graham Farquhar AO, credit Stuart Hay

Graham Farquhar

Group research focus

Graham Farquhar wins Prime Minister's Prize for Science

In 2015, for modelling photosynthesis, the world’s most important biological reaction, Graham Farquhar won the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.

Meisha Holloway-Phillips

To think I could have been working on seasonal forecasting systems for agricultural production in developing countries.

Photosynthesis and Gas Exchange

Photosynthesis is a key biological process that involves the exchange of CO2 and O2 between the atmosphere and plant leaves via pores in the leaves called stomata.

Stable Isotopes

Stable isotopes are variations of the same element that have a different atomic mass but are not radioactive. Most of the light elements used by living things exist as several isotopes.

The humbling experience of discovering hot, dry noodles

In August 2017, RSB researchers form the CoE for Translational Photosynthesis Graham Farquhar, Susanne von Caemmerer and Meisha Holloway-Phillips participated as instructors on a 6 days workshop in Wuhan, China, attended by 78 students from all around the country.
Emeritus Professor Ian Roy COWAN

Vale Emeritus Professor Ian Roy Cowan

Ian was born in Ilford, Essex, England, the son of a school master. He was sent to the country during the bombing of London and in 1952 became a temporary worker in the Physics Department, at Rothamsted Experimental Station.

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