The Centre

Established in 2005, the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities is unique.

Its scope ranges from gene discovery and genetic manipulation, through field testing to pilot plant scale production We focus on the staple food crops:

    bananas, sugarcane, chickpeas, casava, papaya, taro and sorghum
and the sub-topical Australian native Nicotiana benthamiana as a research tool and biofactory

Our Goals

To develop new crop cultivars with

    disease resistance and nutritional biofortification

To develop postharvest processing technology, and crop biomass treatment for enhanced production of new biomaterials and biofuels.

Our People

The CTCB has approximately 50 research staff, two dozen postgraduate research students from Australia and overseas, plus frequent visiting scientists.