Dr Andrew Borrell is an Associate Professor with the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) at The University of Queensland and Theme Leader for Grain Crop Physiology and Modelling. Andrew is Centre Leader of the Queensland Government’s Hermitage Research Facility, and a member of the Global Change Institute’s College of Experts at UQ.
Andrew’s research interests include the physiological/molecular basis of drought adaptation in cereals (sorghum, wheat, rice & barley), the efficiency with which resources (radiation, water and nitrogen) are utilized by crop plants, the impact of leaf anatomy on photosynthesis, and novel water-saving technologies for rice-based cropping systems in Asia.
Andrew is currently involved in research projects in Australia, USA, Vietnam, central-western India and sub-Saharan Africa. He is particularly interested in the nexus between climate change, water, agriculture and food security.
Dr Borrell obtained bachelor and master’s degrees in Agricultural Science at The University of Melbourne, focusing on the Green Revolution genes in wheat for his thesis. He then completed a PhD at The University of Queensland on improving the efficiencies of nitrogen and water use for rice in the semi-arid tropics. Andrew was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the impact of rice research in Asia and the US on rice production in the Australian tropics.and has served as Secretary-General of the Asian Crop Science Association.