Professor Robert Furbank

BSc(hons) PhD DSc
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Plant Biology 0607
  • Plant Cell And Molecular Biology 060702
  • Plant Physiology 060705
  • Cell Metabolism 060104

Research interests

C3 Photosynthesis 

C4 Photosynthesis

Plant Phenomics

Improving crop yield

Sugar transport and carbon partitioning

Researcher's projects

  • C4 Rice consortium: engineering a C4 pathway into rice for improved photosynthesis and yield
  • Photosynthetic electron transport in C4 plants: engineering electron transport capacity in the C4 model grass Setaria viridis.
  • Overcoming biochemical and CO2 diffusion limitations to C4 photosynthetic efficiency.
  • Photosynthetic Phenomics: using and deploying high throuput tools for photosynthetic trait measurement and genetics in wheat, rice, Brachypodium and Sorghum.
  • Machine learning and AI methods to derive crop traits from leaf reflectance.
  • Cell to cell transport of metabolites and sugars in C4 plants.


Projects and Grants

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Updated:  20 July 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers