Dr. Philip Larkin (Phil) is a Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO Agriculture and Food in Canberra Australia, previously holding positions of Program Leader (Metabolic Engineering of New Plant Products) and Group Leader (Cereal Quality Traits). His disease resistance research in wheat included alien chromosomal translocations and genetic modification employing synthetic transgenes encoding artificial microRNA transgenes and hairpin RNAi
transgenes. The development of the wheat Bdv2 resistance against Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus was in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Institutes of Crop Breeding & Cultivation, Plant Pathology, and Crop Germplasm Resources. He has also made seminal contributions to modifying and enhancing morphinan alkaloids in pharmaceutical poppy (Papaver somniferum), and contributed to understanding the molecular genetics of proanthocyanidin (condensed tannin) synthesis. More recently the Cereal Quality Trait Group has focused on grain
quality and modifications to cereal grain composition to enhance their health benefits as foods: fibre, resistant starch, lipids, micronutrients, low toxicity. He is also Adjunct Professor at the EH Graham Centre for Agriculture Innovation at Charles Sturt University, Australia. He has published more than 220 articles in scientific journals and books, and holds 12 patents. Dr. Larkin obtained his PhD from the University of Adelaide and was a postdoctoral Fellow at the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Switzerland.