Mungbean is an important tropical pulse for Queensland. Current production is at risk of yield reduction from increased temperatures, and this is expected to worsen in the future. To breed new mungbean varieties with increased heat tolerance, the physiological responses of traits related to heat stress need to be understood. This project aims to identify the physiological basis of heat tolerance in mungbean.

You will:

  • Learn about the physiological mechanisms that underlie heat tolerance in tropical pulses.
  • Be involved in the development of new heat screening protocols for mungbean using field-based heat chambers. 
  • Develop skills in data analysis and using phenotyping tools in controlled and field environments.

Project members

Dr Millicent Smith

Lecturer Crop Physiology
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Affiliate Lecturer
Centre for Crop Science

Dr Alwyn Williams

Senior Lecturer in Agronomy
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences