Dr Shuming Luo

Research Fellow
Dept of Plant and Food Sciences

C44 - Plant Breeding Inst - Admin. & Labs A1 Camden
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 8852
Fax +61 2 9351 8875

Biographical details

Dr Shuming Luo graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from Guangxi University, China and then lectured in plant breeding within the University's Agricultural College. On moving to Australia, Shuming completed a Master of Horticulture degree at the University of Western Sydney followed by a PhD from the University of Sydney in plant breeding through the Faculty of Agriculture.Shuming is currently a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment with a specialization in ornamental plant breeding at the Plant Breeding Institute - Cobbitty.

Following his PhD project on the genetic diversity of Scaevola (an Australian native genus), Shuming developed (and patented) a number of cultivars for both Australian and overseas markets. He continues to breed cultivars from many genera including Argyranthemum, Fuchsia, Kniphofia, Lobelia, Scaevola, Sutera for the international ornamental plant market mainly in Europe and the USA. This has involved the patenting of more than 20 different cultivars.

In addition to his breeding projects, Shuming's research activities have included tissue culture experimentation, interspecific/intergeneric hybridization and hybrid embryo rescue, cytogenetic analysis and in situ hybridisation, and DNA molecular genotyping on several ornamental plants. He has also co-supervised a number of international students' projects.

Research interests

Shuming is a plant breeder with a special interest in the commercialization of ornamental plants using modern breeding tools including tissue culture techniques, interspecific/intergeneric hybridisation and hybrid embryo rescue, cytogenetic analysis and in situ hybridisation, and DNA molecular genotyping on ornamental plants. He is currently working on several genera of ornamental plants regarding interspecific/intergeneric hybridization and DNA molecular genotyping. The breeding aims are to maximize early and continuous flowering, heat or cold tolerance, a diversity of floral size and colour , disease/ pest resistance and enhanced plant habit.

Teaching and supervision

Shuming has co-supervised a number of international students' projects on Argyranthemum, Chrysanthemum, Mandevilla and Guava.

PATENTS

The cultivars bred for the international ornamental plant market has led to some PBR (plant breeder's Rights) patents in Australia and some international patents in EU and USA.

1) PBR patents in EU ( www.cpvo.europa.eu/main):

MandevillaLindl. application number: 20130601; 20130611; 20130612; 20130613.

Scaevola aemulaapplication number: 20041932; 2005325, 20071554.

Lobelia erinusLobellaTM : Dark pink, Ocean dark blue Imp., Ocean flash, Ocean sky blue, Ocean white imp.

2) PBR patents in USA ( www.patentgenius.com):

Scaevola aemulaPBR number: PP19117.

Lobelia erinusLobellaTM : Dark pink, Ocean dark blue Imp., Ocean flash, Ocean sky blue, Ocean white imp.

3) PBR patents in Australia ( www.ipAustralia.gov.au):

Mandevillavarieties: So Pink, So blush,

Scaevola aemulavarieties: Scacover, Scacrawl, Scasalute.

Kniphofiavarietiy: Knipoker

EXTERNAL FUNDING

Funding for the research work derives from the royalties generated from the patented cultivars.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Mehmood, A., Jaskani, M., Khan, I., Ahmad, S., Ahmad, R., Luo, S., Ahmad, N. (2014). Genetic diversity of Pakistani guava (Psidium guajava L.) germplasm and its implications for conservation and breeding. Scientia Horticulturae, 172, 221-232. [More Information]

2014

  • Mehmood, A., Jaskani, M., Khan, I., Ahmad, S., Ahmad, R., Luo, S., Ahmad, N. (2014). Genetic diversity of Pakistani guava (Psidium guajava L.) germplasm and its implications for conservation and breeding. Scientia Horticulturae, 172, 221-232. [More Information]

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