[ASC-media] Dr Paul Fox appointed General Manager of Grain Biotech Australia

Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed Apr 14 19:46:13 EST 2004

Paul Fox has been appointed General Manager of Grain Biotech Australia Pty
Ltd (GBA), the privately owned, WA-based, national wheat breeding company.
Dr Fox joined GBA in early 2003 after more than 20 years overseas, including
18 years in Mexico with The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre
(CIMMYT) and two years in the USA as International Product Development
Manager with Stoneville Pedigree Seed Company, Memphis, Tennessee.
At GBA, he has been heading up the wheat breeding team, with support from
Field Operations Manager, Stephen Brown.
GBA’s first three wheat varieties for WA, Shenton, Ruby and Sapphire, were
released last August and, according to Dr Fox, are the first of many new
varieties to emerge from the GBA pipeline.
Shenton is a high yielding short season variety, well adapted to low and
medium rainfall zones and intended as a replacement for Westonia.
Ruby is a high yielding and extremely robust mid-season variety, intended as
an alternative to Wyalkatchem.
“Shenton and Ruby possess outstanding disease resistance packages,” Dr Fox
Sapphire is a high yielding, broadly adapted long-season variety, excellent
for early sowing and intended as a replacement for Camm.
A fourth variety, Combat, was simultaneously released for eastern Australia.
As the first private Australian company to integrate the latest
biotechnology techniques with advanced wheat breeding to deliver substantial
value added products, GBA is acclaimed nationally and internationally.
Dr Fox said GBA could swiftly combine favourable characteristics by growing
two cycles of breeding material a year and using fast-track technologies,
such as doubled haploids and single seed descent.
“An aggressive crossing program is now reassembling the best of the first
wave of GBA material and strengthening the product stream by introducing
favourable new genes from overseas.
“Just behind the first four GBA hard wheats are parallel product pipelines
based on noodle, soft and durum wheat types.”
Dr Fox said GBA would continue to lead the way as an Australian centre of
excellence for wheat improvement through molecular biology, coupled with
world class plant breeding, to deliver varieties which improved
productivity, lowered production risks and offered superior qualities for
particular markets.
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MEDIA CONTACT: Dr Paul Fox, GBA, Tel 08 9360 7561
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