Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology

The MPI-MP is the elite European institute for research into central plant metabolic pathways, combined with analysis of gene function for development and implementation of phenotyping technologies and system approaches. Mark Stitt and Ralph Bock, two of MPI-MP’s Directors, are partner investigators to PEB. MPI-MP has made a substantial commitment to collaborations within the Centre’s programs, the provision of facilities for collaboration and to the support of PEB visitors.

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

The Salk Institute focuses on discovery, and on mentoring future generations of researchers in genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines. Two of its leading research professors, Joseph Ecker and Joanne Chory are partner investigators in PEB. Salk have made in-kind commitments to staff time for collaborations in all programs, to extensive access to facilities and new datasets for collaborations and to the support PEB visitors.

Umeå Plant Science Centre

UPSC is one of the strongest research environments for basic plant research in Europe and covers a wide range of disciplines in plant biology. UPSC share a common goal to understand the mechanisms driving chloroplast biogenesis and plant adaptation to environments. Åsa Strand, from UPSC, is a partner investigator in PEB. UPSC will provide in-kind commitments in staff time for collaborations, and facilities for collaborations and PEB visits.

University of Turku

The University of Turku houses the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology of Primary Producers. Its Director, Eva-Mari Aro, is a partner investigator in PEB. The Centre will participate through research on chloroplast biogenesis and signalling, and chloroplast function. In-kind commitment will be provided in staff time and facilities for collaborations.

University of Massachusetts

Umass (Amhurst) is a major US research and teaching university with a strong reputation in plant science innovation. The UMass team, led by Elizabeth Vierling, research temperature responses in plants and will collaborate with PEB to search for new gene networks for temperature tolerance in plants. Additional in-kind commitments will involve follow up work at UMass and the hosting of visiting PEB staff.

Groupe Limagrain

Groupe Limagrain is an international agricultural cooperative group and the world's fourth-largest seed company. It will fund research on controlling male fertility through the manipulation of mitochondrial gene expression. Limagrain is providing wheat germplasm, testing candidate gene sequences proposed by the Centre, and evaluating lines for male fertility and the ability to produce hybrid wheat. Limagrain will provide plant biotechnology development and licensing expertise to PEB.

Photon System Instruments

PSI are a leading developer of new technology for imaging of plant growth and development. They will fund the development of instrumentation and new software for use in the Centre, and for deployment across Australia and will bring imaging expertise to a number of Centre’s projects.

Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies supports advances in life and agricultural sciences, and 'omic analysis and integration as an instrument manufacturer and product developer. The company will work closely with PEB on analytical workflow solutions, automation and robotics in quality control for plant-sample QC analysis, and on refining laboratory management software and analysis. Agilent Technologies will provide analytical product development expertise to PEB’s Business Advisory Group.

Grain Research and Development Corporation

The GRDC invests in crop science for the Australian grains sector. GRDC will provide PhD scholarships and research costs to PEB and fund projects arising from CIs' discoveries for improving salinity tolerance and drought tolerance in wheat and barley. The GRDC will give advice to the Centre, evaluate new PEB intellectual property for further funding by GRDC, and will provide knowledge and links for PEB to Australia's grains industry.

Zhejiang University

ZJU is a major Chinese agricultural university and leads a large research program in increasing phosphate use efficiency in rice. ZJU’s partnership role will be in the collaborative development of rice varieties, with emphasis on use of its extensive field sites to facilitate translation from PEB’s discoveries.