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International Seminar

Counts:9064DateTime:2016-11-03 17:12:55 Source: Wheat Research Institute

Title:Speed breeding wheat and barley
Speaker: Dr. Lee Hickey (Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation/The University of Queensland, Australia)
Time:9 am, 8th Nov.
Location: 404 meeting room in 1st teaching building

Over the past nine years, Dr Lee Hickey has played a pivotal role in developing 'Speed Breeding': the rapid generation advance technology for spring wheat, to achieve an impressive six plant generations annually. He now leads a research team situated within the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. His lab conducts genetics studies on key biotic (foliar and soil-borne diseases) and abiotic (drought and heat) factors that limit production of wheat and barley, and develops novel breeding tools and methodologies. His program routinely applies speed breeding in combination with multi-trait phenotypic screening protocols to rapidly assemble novel germplasm. He supervises 11 PhD students and collaborates with scientists around the world, including teams in Mexico, USA, Uruguay, Morocco, the U.K. and Russia. His impactful science is generating strong community, government and industry interest, and outcomes from his research have received wide media coverage. He loves to use social media to promote and communicate science to the public.