Calum is the early generation national wheat breeder at InterGrain, joining the company in 2020. He holds a Ph.D. in barley quantitative genetics from Murdoch University in addition to a master’s degree in quantitative genetics and breeding from the University of Western Australia. His research focused on determining which genes control grain size in barley in a bid to better identify breeding targets to reduce screenings through a number of different approaches including genetic engineering (CRISPR-Cas9).
In his new role Dr Watt will focus on the development of hard wheats for Australia from the initial cross through to a nearly genetically fixed line with the aid of new breeding technologies such as genomic selection. Additionally, he will leverage new and existing partnerships with local and international researchers to incorporate new technologies and germplasm into the hard wheat program.