Research Platforms and Capability 

Our Research Programs are underpinned by state-of-the-art physical and intellectual infrastructure including:


  • Plant physiology
  • Breeding
  • Tissue culture
  • Plant nutrition and cultivation
  • Phenotyping
  • Genomics, proteomics, metabolomics
  • Plant biotechnology


  • Transformation and gene editing for crop species
  • Extensive Growth Facilities: Glasshouses, CERs (PC2/QC2)
  • Mineral and chemical analyses of soil, plant and seeds
  • Laser capture microdissection
  • Bioinformatics platform
  • Big Data integration and analysis
  • Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS)
  • Phenomics (2D, 3D, hyperspectral, fluorescence, RGB, cloud-based analytics) for optimising growth conditions and product yield
  • Application of high-end -omics technologies:
    • Single cell and spatial
    • Genomics & transcriptomics
    • Glycomics (mono-/ oligo-/ polysaccharides)
    • Metabolomics (untargeted/targeted; including volatiles)
    • Proteomics (amino acids/peptides/proteins)
  • Integration of scale from molecules to plant
  • Chemical and cell-based synthesis
  • Novel extraction technologies
  • Cell and molecular biology and biochemistry
  • Cell-based model test systems e.g. cultured cancer cells (organoids)

Partner Organisations are committed to a larger transformation of the medicinal agricultural sector and are supportive of efforts to publicly disseminate and promote the ARC MedAg Hub research results. The ARC MedAg Hub intends to place Australia at the forefront of agri-biotechnology research and development, positioning Australia as the global leader in medicinal agriculture. It will disseminate and promote outputs by providing thought leadership, education and training within the context of the broader narrative about Australian agricultural practices as well as health services. 


Plant Phenotyping