The Capturing Heterosis team met in Palm Cove, Queensland in April 2018 (pictured) for the fourth Annual Meeting. Project partners from across the globe (Europe, North & South America and Australia) came together and successfully identified priorities for the remainder of the current project phase.
The team is excited about the forthcoming prospects of developing self-reproducing sorghum and cowpea hybrids to increase seed yields for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.
A new publication by Ping Che et. al. (2018) in Plant Biotechnology Journal called Developing A Flexible, High-Efficiency Agrobacterium-mediated Sorghum Transformation System with Broad Application. DOI 10.1111/pbi.12879
A new publication by Chamberlin and Lawit (2017) called Development and Observation of Mature Megagametophyte Cell-Specific Fluorescent Markers is published in Plant Germline Development, Methods in Molecular Biology. DOI 10.1007/978-1-4939-7286-9
A new publication by Comai et. al. (2017) in Plant centromeres. Current Opinion in Plant Biology. DOI 10.1016/j.pbi.2017.03.003
A new publication by Conner et. al. (2017), Haploid embryo production in rice and maize induced by PsASGR-BBML transgenes, is now available in Plant Reproduction. DOI 10.1007/s00497-017-0298-x
The third Annual Meeting of the BMGF Capturing Heterosis Project will be held from 24th to 27th April 2017 in Cancun Mexico.
The second Annual Meeting of the project collaboration was successfully held in San Francisco, USA from 24th to 26th April 2016.
The first Annual Meeting of the project collaboration was successfully held in Adelaide, Australia from 29th to 30th April 2015.
The Capturing Heterosis project collaborative portal was launched on 3rd March 2015. The portal will serve as a secure online platform for project management, data sharing and scientific interaction between the collaborating research members of the project.
Nature Plants News Article (3rd March 2015) “Gates foundation backs high-risk science for big wins”. Agricultural research is experiencing a resurgence. The Gates Foundation is leading the charge in the hopes of solving food security in the developing world.
Bill and Melinda Gates Annual Letter (25 January 2015)
The letter is focused on one big bet: that the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history for the next 15 years. To make this bet a reality, they have envisioned a series of necessary breakthroughs in health, farming, banking and education. Their prediction for farming is that Africa will feed itself in a generation.
“Bill Gates grant to help African farmers”. Farming Ahead Online. 08 October 2014.
“Bill Gates Has Given Australia’s CSIRO $14.5 Million To Improve Crops In Africa”. Business Insider Australia. 1 October 2014.
“Helping African agriculture”. InkWire (Curtin University). 1 October 2014.
“A sexless union to bear great fruit”. CSIRO Media Release. 1 October 2014.