International Plant & Animal Genome Conference / PAG 32 • January 10-15, 2025  •  San Diego, CA, USA

PAG30 plenary igodwin2Director, Centre for Crop Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland, Australia

Tuesday, January 17, 8:00 AMTown & Country Ballroom

Talk Title:  "New Breeding Technologies to Deliver Better Sorghums: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?"

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Professor Ian Godwin has over 30 years’ experience in plant biotechnology research. A native of Brisbane, he first started plant genetic engineering at Birmingham University in the UK in the 1980s. Since 1990, he has held an academic position in plant molecular genetics at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. His research involves the use of biotechnological tools for crop improvement, with emphasis on the sustainable production of grain crops, particularly cereals such as sorghum, barley and wheat. Major focus is on the improvement of crops for food, feed and bio-industrial end-uses, including bio-materials. Research projects include international collaborations with a focus on food security and plant genetic resource conservation many national and international collaborators. He has recently undertaken field and animal feeding trials of genetically manipulated sorghums. He is also passionate about the public communication of science. In 2003 he was an ABC Science Media Fellow, and has appeared on radio and TV on numerous occasions. His popular science book Good Enough to Eat?: Next Generation GM Crops was published by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2019. In 2021 he was awarded the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science Medal of Agriculture.


Centre for Crop Science

The University of Queensland