Key Work and Results
The PBI is nationally and internationally recognised for its Cereal Plant Breeding and Cereal Rust Studies. In addition the PBI is the research and development arm of NuFlora International, a company with ornamentals in USA and Europe.
Prof. Richard Trethowan leads his team in enhancing varieties for different traits, eg. water efficiency to cope with drought conditions.
The Institute is leading the nation in breeding both long season dual purpose triticales as well as spring types for marginal country.
This group is led by Dr Peter Martin and is investigating and breeding better turf, shrub and tree varieties for the Australian environment.
The PBI have a number of different pulse breeding programs running at Narrabri. Field peas under Steve Moore has been running for a number of years and faba bean was added in 2011 under Kedar Adhikari.
In recent times PBI Narrabri has added research grants in crown rot and abiotic stresses. A new facility was opened in October 2012 in Narrabri for the continuing breeding efforts conducted there. Read the news story about it at here.