Board of Directors

Graham King

Southern Cross University Southern Cross Plant Science, 1 Military Rd,Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia

Graham has over 32 years post-doctoral research and research management experience in crop plant genetics, genomics, genetic resource characterization and data management, working on a range of horticultural and arable crops. He has made significant contributions to establishing genomic and experimental genetic resources, using these to resolve a wide range of phenotypic trait loci. He has also been involved in establishing data standards for gene nomenclature and description of genetic resources in community data resources. Throughout his career he has worked closely with plant breeders in the public and private sector, and led major national and international research consortia, generating fundamental knowledge applied to crop genetic improvement.

Graham has had a long involvement in crop ex situ genetic resource conservation and characterization, driving several efforts aimed at conserving and characterising genetic diversity within crop species, including extending the utility of data curation pipelines to integrate information from trait to genome. His current research interests include understanding the molecular basis of plant genome and environment (GxE) interactions, recombination, and increasing the ease with which crop data may be integrated and navigated between phenotype and phenotype.

Graham was for seven years Director of Plant Science at Southern Cross University, where he established close links between regional producers and the development of global niche and underutilized plants, and established a seed genebank. He is a Research Associate of Crops For the Future in Malaysia and Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham (UK). Gaining his Ph.D from the University of London, he has over 145 refereed publications and has held positions at Horticulture Research International and Rothamsted Research, as well as professor at the University of Warwick. He is currently chair of the Multinational Brassica Genome Project steering group, and sits on various advisory boards, including for plant genomics, bioinformatics commons and medicinal use of plants.