ACVT has been awarded a 3 year ARC Linkage Grant valued at $475,000. Bayer CropScience is the industry partner on the grant. The CIs are Prof. Anton van den Hengel and Prof. Mark Tester of the Plant Accelerator based at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus.
Meeting the food requirements of a growing world population given the constraints on land and water availability requires the development of crops capable of delivering higher yield in more marginal conditions. The projected impact of climate change compounds the problem by potentially rendering current agricultural practices unsustainable in the long term. This project will develop technologies capable of expediting the development of improved food crops by improving the accuracy and cycle time of plant breeding processes. This will be achieved by improving the process of yield estimation through image-based analysis of the structural properties of new plant varieties.