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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

CSIRO is an Australian Government statutory authority whose primary functions are to carry out scientific research and to encourage and facilitate the application and use of CSIRO and other scientific research. Plant Industry, one of 16 Divisions of CSIRO, conducts research to promote profitable and sustainable agrifood, fibre and horticultural industries, develop new plant products and improve natural resource management. It is one of the world’s leading research centres for plant science and with around 750 staff at nine sites around Australia has research capabilities that include: gene technology, plant biology, plant breeding, farm management, plant-microbe-soil interactions, plant diseases and pests, crop quality, new products, taxonomy and evolution and conservation of biodiversity.. One of the aims of CSIRO Plant Industry is to translate research into practical applications for all Australians and extend those applications internationally. We have initiated this collaboration with Beneficiary 2 because he generated the AAI peas and they are no longer available for authorization for the market. Currently, the AAI peas are not available anywhere else in the world except from this facility. Therefore, he is a crucial addition to the consortium.
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Dr. T.J. Higgins is an Honorary Fellow at CSIRO Plant Industry. His research focus is the application of gene technology for plant improvement. He is particularly interested in protecting food legumes from pests and disease. Dr. Higgins did his Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the National University of Ireland and a PhD at the University of California in the USA. He was a post doctoral fellow at the Research School of Biological Sciences at the Australian National University, in Canberra before joining CSIRO. He spent a sabbatical year as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle.
This study was funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-3) under grant agreement no.211820 and independently of any commercial input, financial or otherwise. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. None of the personnel involved had a financial or personal conflict of interest with regard to the present study.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation