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Erik van Oosterom

Erik conducts research on the crop physiological basis of adaptation to abiotic stress (drought, heat) in summer cereals. The aim is to link the phenotypic expression of key physiological traits to their underlying genetic control mechanisms.

Erik obtained his PhD from Wageningen University, Netherlands. He conducted his PhD research at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Aleppo, Syria and then worked five years as a Post Doc and visiting scientist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) near Hyderabad, India.

In 1998 he moved to Australia, where he worked for five years with CSIRO before joining UQ.

Erik’s research aim is to link the phenotypic expression of key physiological traits to their underlying genetic control mechanisms. This research underpins the scientific development of dynamic crop growth simulation models that are suitable for applications in crop improvement programs.