Research grant award

A LISMORE Southern Cross University professor will be heading to China in the coming months as part of a prestigious program.

Director of Southern Cross Plant Science, Professor Graham King, has been awarded a prestigious Chutian scholars Professor Chair at Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, China.

Professor King will head to HAU, a multi-disciplinary comprehensive university that ranks first among the agricultural universities in China, numerous times over five years as part-time chair in the National Key laboratory of

OVER THE MOON: Prof Graham King is looking forward to travelling to China.
OVER THE MOON: Prof Graham King is looking forward to travelling to China. John Waddell

Crop Genetic Improvement.

The part-time chair is funded for five years by Hubei province, and will enable Professor King to develop research capabilities to enhance those of SCPS, as he looks into canola genomics.

Professor King couldn't be more honoured.

"It means for me that I have the opportunity to go to China regularly over the next five years and interact with research teams over there," he said.

He'll also be able to put together a team to carry out research in both China and Australia, which he said he was over the moon about.

He said the collaboration would be a really good way of research here in Lismore benefiting from the expertise in China and vice versa.

The part of the venture he was looking most forward to was "the ability to work with a group of people for a long period of time and have access to a wider range of experimental material to work with".

He said his research will be mostly focused on canola, and as China is the largest producer in the world of that particular crop, he was also looking forward to learning how China is aiding its food security.

The program will help establish a long-term relationship between HAU and SCU.



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