Date & Time: 
Tuesday 17 March 2015

Genomics of Food Security

Professor Robert Henry
Director, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)

Food security is underpinned by innovations in agricultural production. Continuing rapid advances in genomics are providing tools for more effective delivery of advances in agricultural production.Genomics helps identify new genetic resources for food and agriculture, new strategies for adapting agriculture to climate, define ways to improve the nutritional and functional value of foods and deliver tools for greatly accelerated genetic improvement. Robert Henry will describe recent developments and current research on the application of genomics to major crops in his work with QAAFI.


Professor Robert Henry is one of the most highly cited scientists in agriculture internationally, specializing in research on the development of new products from plants. His research targets improved understanding of the molecular basis of the quality of products produced from plants and genome analysis to capture novel genetic resources for diversification of food and energy crops. He is Professor of Innovation in Agriculture and Foundation Director of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, an Institute of the University of Queensland in partnership with the Queensland Government. He was previously Director of the Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics at Southern Cross University and Research Program Leader in the Queensland Agricultural Biotechnology Centre. He has been involved in establishing several Cooperative Research Centres in Australia and has contributed to the management of research funding by Rural Research and Development Corporations. He is a graduate of the University of Queensland (B Sc (Hons)), Macquarie University (M Sc (Hons)) and La Trobe University (Ph D). He was awarded a higher doctorate (D Sc) by the University of Queensland for his work on variation in plants, is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, recipient of the Guthrie Medal for his contributions to cereal chemistry and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

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