Drought and heat stress affect food production through reduced yield and poor grain quality. Future climate change is likely to increase these impacts. Developing cereal crops that can withstand drought and heat will assist in reducing food insecurity.

In wheat, changes in grain protein content strongly impact grain quality. This project will study how heat and drought affect grain protein in different wheat lines. Experiments have been carried out to characterise such genotypic differences. You'll analyse the grain protein content of collected samples, using a chemical method and near infrared spectroscopy. The results will provide insights into how grain quality is affected by abiotic stress among wheat lines, and will lead to development of better adapted wheat varieties.

Location: Gatton and Toowoomba

Supervisors: Dr Glen Fox (primary), Dr Karine Chenu, Dr Jack Christopher

Before you apply: contact the primary supervisor for more details