The Wheat West breeding program focuses on developing varieties with superior yield potential and stability for Western and South Australia and is the only Udon noodle program in Australia. Emphasis is placed on developing and maintaining durable resistance to yellow leaf spot, septoria and the three rusts. To achieve this combination of targets the program integrates a quantum leap in the availability of molecular marker technologies through its international linkages, with the latest in physiological approaches and agronomic assessment.
Prior to joining InterGrain, Dan worked at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), based in Mexico. During his time (2008 – 2010) at the institute he focused on wheat physiology and was the lead investigator in a GCP funded project targeting the genetic dissection of drought and heat adaptive mechanisms in bread and durum wheat. Previous to this, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at CSIRO, Canberra, where he was the durum pre-breeder (2006 – 2008). In his role, he focused on the integration of drought tolerance traits into locally adapted germplasm. Dan has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (1st class Hons) and a PhD in molecular genetics and plant breeding from the University of Western Australia.