CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Update

11 March 2020

The 16th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference (APBC) committee have made the difficult decision to postpone APBC 2020 which was to take place from 21-24 June 2020 at QT Gold Coast. This is due to the current situation concerning the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the unknown future impact this may have.  The APBC Committee is working with the hotel to select a suitable date and will keep you posted.

We have a duty of care to our speakers, sponsors, and delegates and the wider community, to minimise the risk of further spread of the COVID-19. Collectively the committee felt it was also in the best interests of our delegates to keep you informed to prevent expenditure that may be difficult to recover in the future.

Thank you to those of you who have submitted an abstract.  Once a decision has been made on the new dates the secretariat will be in contact with you regarding the transfer of your registration and an update on your abstract.  

All enquiries regarding the postponement should be directed to Kate and Jenny, our conference organisers via email at

Kind regards,

Dr Craig Hardner
Chair, APBC on behalf of
16th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference 2020 Committee


Welcome to the 16th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference

The 16th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference (APBC) will be held at QT Hotel, 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia on 21-24 June 2020.

This is the first conference since 2014 and we believe there will be great benefits by providing this new opportunity for breeders and allied scientists across all crops (including grains, fodder, fruit and nuts, forestry, floriculture) to come together.

The theme “Towards 2050” has been chosen to capture the long-term nature of plant breeding, and the essential role the discipline will play in delivering food and prosperity to the predicted world population of 9 billion by this date, in the face of decreasing available production area, climate change and demand for new products.

Our vision for the conference is a meeting place for plant breeders and allied scientists to come together and share experiences and ideas to support our drive towards 2050. We particularly want to encourage participation of future and developing scientists.

Topics for each session will be developed from submitted abstracts across the broad sub-themes of:

Predictive breeding
Products for markets
Dealing with the impacts of variability and climate change
Preparing for the future


The 16th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference is being held the week following the 6th International Quantitative Genetics Conference to be held in Brisbane, Australia (14 – 19  June 2020).



Registration open - 1st October 2019

Early bird registration closes - 23rd March 2020

Abstract submissions close - extended to 15th March 2020

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