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Professor Peter Langridge: Agricultural Scientist specialising in plant molecular biology and the science of plant breeding


Peter was born in Adelaide and brought up in Canberra where he studied at the Australian National University.  When he graduated he worked in Germany at the University of Freiburg.  In 1984 he moved to the University of Adelaide where he has remained ever since.  From 1998 he was the inaugural Research Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Molecular Plant Breeding.  Peter was one of the Principal Investigators that established the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) at The Waite Precinct and was appointed Chief Executive in 2003.  ACPFG is a major international research centre based in Adelaide and established by the Australian Federal Government.  The work ACPFG scientists undertake helps improve cereal crops’ tolerance to environmental stresses such as drought, heat, salinity and nutrient toxicities; major causes of yield and quality loss throughout the world and significant problems for cereal growers. ACPFG is acknowledged globally as one of 3 pre-eminent centres undertaking this type of research.

Peter’s research has focused on plant molecular biology and the science of plant breeding.  He serves on the advisory boards of several research organisations and companies in Europe and North America and is an honorary fellow of Food Standards Australia and New Zealand providing advice on the impact of new breeding technologies on food safety. Peter’s recent activities have focused on food security and technology delivery to resource poor farmers in many parts of the world and on Australia’s role in supporting global food security.


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