Centre Partners

International Research Partners

Max-Plank Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology

The MPI-MP is the elite European institute for researching central metabolic pathways in plants, combined with the analysis of gene function for the development and implementation of phenotyping technologies and system approaches. Two of its Directors, Mark Stitt and Ralph Bock are partner investigators in the Centre. MPI-MP has provided a substantial commitment to collaborations in the Centres programs and facilities for collaborations and to support CPEB visitors.

Ralph Bock Mark Stitt
Salk Institute for Biological Studies

The Salk Institute focuses on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers in genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines. Two of its leading research professors, Joseph Ecker and Joanne Chory are partner investigators in the Centre. Salk have made in-kind commitments in staff time for collaborations in all programs, and extensive access to facilities and new datasets for collaborations and to support CPEB visitors.

Joseph Ecker Joanne Chory
Umeå Plant Science Centre

UPSC is one of the strongest research environments for basic plant research in Europe and covers a wide range of disciplines in plant biology. They share a common goal to understand the mechanisms driving chloroplast biogenesis and plant adaptation to environments. Åsa Strand from UPSC is a partner investigator in the Centre. UPSC will provide in-kind commitments in staff time for collaborations and facilities for collaborations and CPEB visits.

Asa Strand
University of Turku

The University of Turku houses the Finnish CoE in Molecular Biology of Primary Producers and its director Eva-Mari Aro is a partner investigator in the Centre. They will participate through research on chloroplast biogenesis and signalling, and chloroplast function. In-kind commitment will be provided in staff time for collaborations and facilities for collaborations.

Eva-Mari Aro
University of Massachusetts

UMass (Amhurst) is a major US research and teaching university with a strong reputation in plant science innovation. The UMass team led by Elizabeth Vierling research temperature responses in plants and will collaborate with the Centre to search for new gene networks for temperature tolerance in plants. Additional in-kind commitments will involve follow up work at UMass and the hosting of visiting CPEB staff.

Elizabeth Vierling
Zhejiang University

ZJU is a major Chinese agricultural university and leads a large program in increasing phosphate use efficiency in rice. Its role is in collaborative development of rice varieties with an emphasis on its extensive field sites to facilitate translation from the Centre's discoveries. The ZJU collaboration with CPEB is led by Professor Huixia Shou.

Professor Huixia Shou

Industry Partners

Grain Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)

The GRDC invests in crop science for the Australian grains sector. It will provide PhD scholarships and research costs to the Centre and fund projects arising from CIs' discoveries for improving salinity tolerance and drought tolerance in wheat and barley. The GRDC will give advice to the Centre, evaluate new IP we develop for further funding by GRDC and will provide knowledge and links for Australia's grains industry to the Centre.

Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies supports advances in life and agricultural sciences and 'omic analysis and integration as an instrument manufacturer and product developer. The company will work closely with the Centre on analytical workflow solutions, automation and robotics in quality control in plant-sample QC analysis, and refining laboratory management software and analysis. Agilent will provide analytical product development expertise to the Centre

Photon System Instruments

Photon System Instruments are a leading developer of new technology in imaging of plant growth and development. They will fund the development of instrumentation and new software for use in the Centre and for deployment across Australia and will bring imaging expertise to a number of Centre projects.

Groupe Limagrain

Groupe Limagrain is an international agricultural cooperative group and the world's fourth-largest seed company. It will fund research on controlling male fertility through the manipulation of mitochondrial gene expression. Limagrain is providing wheat germplasm, testing candidate gene sequences proposed by the Centre, and evaluating lines for male fertility and the ability to produce hybrid wheat. Limagrain will bring plant biotechnology development and licensing expertise to the Centre.