Narrabri PBI Events

9 August 2010

28 and 29 September 2010



About The Narrabri Plant Breeding Institute

The I.A. Watson Grains Research Centre is the located on the Newell Highway just north of Narrabri and is owned by the grain growers of NSW who administer the site through a board of trustees.The University of Sydney leases the site and conducts plant breeding and affiliated research here. Most of the site of 430 ha is irrigable and is ideally suited to large scale field experimentation. We do not attempt to duplicate the excellent greenhouse and laboratory faculties at the PBI Cobbitty. However, with excellent transport links to Sydney the two nodes of the PBI complement each other and staff and students move between the sites as needed.

The University's wheat breeding program was commercialized in 2001 and the germplasm absorbed by Australian Grain Technologies (AGT). AGT continue to use the site for their northern wheat breeding program as do other wheat breeding companies. In addition, plant breeding programs managed by the University include Indian mustard for biodiesel and field peas for animal feed. Research and pre-breeding foci include drought tolerance, adaptation to conservation agriculture, resistance to crown rot and specialty quality traits in wheat, triticale for grain and forage and heat and drought tolerance in chickpea. 

Our aim is to provide the essential research that underpins grain production in the northern Australian grains region. In the process we are training the next generation of plant breeders, pathologists and agronomists who in turn will work to maintain the viability of the grains industry here and internationally.

For more information about the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources please see:



Sustainable Futures Forum and Field Day

The Plant Breeding Institute, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources invites you to the Sustainable Futures Forum and Field Day at Narrabri on Wednesday 29 September 2010.

The Plant Breeding Institute at the University of Sydney has a long history of successful wheat breeding; its work has had significant impact on the agricultural industry in Australia.

The Sustainable Futures Forum and Field Day at Narrabri will showcase the latest in commercial plant breeding and provide a forum to discuss emerging research activities. 


The event is open to the public, industry and research community.


University bred cultivars helped establish the wheat industry in northern NSW and have underpinned the industry ever since. The Plant Breeding Institute at Narrabri is the main field-testing site for crops being developed by the University of Sydney. The breeding program at the Institute has produced a large number of rust-resistant wheat varieties in the Prime Hard and Australian Hard marketing classes.



Agriculture Alumni Centenary Dinner

Take the opportunity to join fellow alumni and friends at an Agriculture Centenary Alumni Dinner in Narrabri on Tuesday 28 September.

The cost is $35pp (main and dessert) with additional charges for drinks.

Reconnect with your classmates and teachers over dinner, then find out about the Faculty's research achievements on Wednesday 29 September at the Sustainable Futures Forum and Field Day (just 8kms from town).


Please click here to ACCEPT or  click here to DECLINE   for both events.

Contact: PBI Narrabri

Phone: +61 2 6799 2200

Email: 147b2f7d1912431a1531363d0f230910570a375427142761230f4d