Our Mission

Enhance productivity and secure high grain quality of wheat in the hot and dry Australian climate.

Our Goals

  • Develop wheat with combined heat and drought tolerance by advancing existing knowledge and technologies and transferring wheat material and knowhow to breeding programmes
  • Elucidate mechanisms and molecular markers for combined heat and drought tolerance by exploring genetic diversity in wheat
  • Identify mechanisms and genetic diversity for high yielding wheat with efficient nitrogen recycling and high grain protein.
  • Build human capacity in molecular breeding and providing breeders access to the latest scientific developments and technologies.
  • Develop and test high-throughput field phenotyping tools for Australian breeders

Latest News

Scanning wheat grains for stress tolerance

Wheat Hub student, Jessica Schmidt, together with scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany and the Adelaide node of The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility have developed a large scale computed tomography (CT) scanning method for…


Congratulations Jessica! Great work just published in Frontiers in Plant Science

Congratulations to Wheat Hub PhD student Jessica Schmidt and other members of the Hub for finding new alleles for combined drought and heat stress tolerance and testing them in the field. These could make a…


Cereal Endophyte Workshop held at Waite

Researchers from Japan, New Zealand and around Australia gathered at the Waite Campus for the ‘Cereal Endophyte Workshop’ on Jan 29-30. The workshop’s aims were to highlight the successes and challenges in the field of…


Great work and a great cover photo from our Wheat Hub student, Vahid, published in Agronomy

Congratulations to Wheat Hub PhD student Vahid Rahimi-Eichi for making the cover of ‘Agronomy’ with his recently published paper. Vahid’s study focuses on understanding the link between grain protein content, grain production and biomass in…


Research Areas

Program 1: Drought and heat tolerance

The most important constraint to wheat production in Australia is water scarcity. In the last decade, Australia has suffered multi-year droughts and, based on FAO statistics, yield in 2006 dropped by 46% below… Read more.

Program 2: Germplasm development for genetic diversity

Crop improvement is dependent upon genetic diversity. The rate of genetic gain in breeding programs can increase by extending the amount or nature of variation available for selection using land races and wild… Read more.

Program 3: High throughput phenotyping tools

The development of improved varieties relies on identifying the best performing entries from a breeding population. However, high-throughput phenotyping tools beyond the plot harvester are still rare (White et al., 2012) and not… Read more.

Program 4: Linkage of yield and grain nitrogen

Introduction Nitrogen (N) is an essential macro nutrient for plants and N fertilizers have to be applied in agricultural production systems to obtain high grain yield and prevent N depletion and soil degradation.… Read more.

Program 5: Genomics for breeding

Introduction Advances in genomics and high throughput technologies have the potential to transform breeding such that desired traits can be quickly sourced from wild germplasm and integrated into elite lines. By combining the… Read more.

Who We Are

We acknowledge and thank the ARC and all of our research and industry partners for their generous support.


ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub IH130200027 titled “Genetic diversity and molecular breeding for wheat in a hot and dry climate”.