Former IRRI scientist appointed as acting CEO of major cereal crop genomics facility in Australia

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Sigrid Heuer, a former IRRI scientist and current associate professor at the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) has been appointed as acting CEO of ACPFG along with Michael Gilbert.

Dr. Heuer spent nearly ten years as researcher at IRRI in the Philippines where she made one of the most groundbreaking discoveries in rice science—a gene responsible for rice phosphorus uptake. She also conducted research focused on developing rice with abiotic stress tolerance. Her initial work, in the team of Dr. David Mackill, focused on the SUB1A submergence-tolerance gene and the development of molecular markers to enable molecular breeding of tolerant rice varieties.

Dr. Heuer joined the ACPFG as leader of the Nutrient Use Efficiency group in January 2013 which aims to develop wheat with stable yield under stress conditions and with improved nutrient-use efficiency. She was appointed deputy CEO shortly afterwards. Dr. Heuer and Mr. Gilbert will replace outgoing CEO Professor Peter Langridge who retired on 30 June 2014.

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