Paul Johnston is a cereal pre-breeder with the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research based at their Lincoln campus near Christchurch, New Zealand. Paul completed his PhD through the University of Otago (New Zealand) investigating molecular marker tools for introgression lines between barley and its wild relative Hordeum bulbosum. His current pre-breeding role spans across wheat, barley and oats with major interests in disease and virus resistance, grain protein and grain filling physiology.
About his talk:
Developing superior cultivars that provide solutions to key on farm problems, in this case developing wheat cultivars with resistance to Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus to help reduce on farm use of insecticides.