Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) Science Seminar

11 Feb 2014

Professor Robert Henry – “Plants to feed and fuel the planet: contributions from Queensland to global food and energy security”

Plant genetic resources underpin the development of plant varieties to support agriculture and food production. Queensland has unique biodiversity that can make a major contribution to global agricultural production. Plant breeding in Queensland has delivered crop varieties that have potential to add significantly to global food production. Wild and domesticated Queensland plants may also become key feedstocks for bioenergy and biomaterial production from plants internationally. Analysis of the genomes of rice, wheat, sugarcane, Eucalypts, Macadamia and coffee will be used to demonstrate the importance of Queensland genotypes to global production.

Professor Henry, is a graduate of The University of Queensland, BSc (Hons), Macquarie University, MSc (Hons) and La Trobe University (PhD). In 2000 he was awarded a higher doctorate (DSc) by UQ for his work on analysis of variation in plants. In 2013, Robert was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

Before being appointed QAAFI Director in May 2010, Robert was Director of the Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics at Southern Cross University, a centre which he established in 1996. Other previous positions held by Professor Henry include Research Director of the Grain Foods Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) (until 2010) and Research Program Leader in the Queensland Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (until 1996).