Sorghum is Australia's number one summer cereal and an important staple for more than 500 million people in the semi-arid tropics. It's also one of the only cereals to remain productive under heat and drought stress. However, sorghum has quite low digestibility for many production animals and humans compared to other cereals. We have used genomics and transgenics to improve sorghum starch and protein content and quality and increase seed size. The aim of this project is to analyse improved lines and their progenies for key grain quality parameters and to understand the genetic architecture of complex traits in transgenic sorghums.

You'll assist an experienced team to design the project, which will contribute to pre-existing investigations.

Location: St Lucia and Gatton

Expected outcomes: an understanding of how research is carried out; insight into the genetic manipulation of cereals and how basic plant cellular biology effects grain size and key quality parameters; and skills in plant transformation, various plant molecular biology techniques, and the phenotyping of plants under controlled growth conditions

Supervisors: Professor Ian Godwin

Before you apply: contact the primary supervisor for more details

Project members