Systems Biology To Integrate Genomics Into Crop Improvement Programs (2005–2009)
Plant breeding programs have not reaped the benefits of the revolution in molecular genetic technologies. This systems biology project will develop mathematical models of plants to span levels of biological organisation from gene to whole organism. It will focus on understanding and modelling the genetics and physiology of key adaptive traits in sorghum and maize. It will use computer simulation to employ resultant gene-to-phenotype models in ways that will underpin a major shift in how plant breeding programs operate. This new integrating technology will lead to more rapid advance in breeding better adapted and higher yielding crops.