Tropical pulses such as mungbean, pigeonpea and chickpea, are an important source of alternative protein and play a critical role in agronomic systems. Despite this, yield remains low and extremely vulnerable to abiotic stress. Genome editing technology provides an opportunity to fast-track crop improvement in neglected tropical pulses. Combining crop physiology and biotechnology, this project seeks to develop a transformation pipeline for pulse crops at UQ that can be utilised to improve protein quality.

You will:

  • Establish a transformation protocol for tropical pulses at UQ
  • Develop skills in tissue culture, plant phenotyping and data analysis

Project members

Dr Millicent Smith

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