CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Update as at 07 January 2021

Due to ongoing concerns and the unknown situation on national and international borders, the 16th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference (APBC) committee has decided to further postpone the meeting until the 13 - 16 February 2022 at QT Gold Coast.   We hope that you are all safe and well and look forward to welcoming everyone to the Gold Coast in February 2022.  Stay tuned via the website and your email for further updates and key dates.

All enquiries regarding the postponement should be directed to Kate and Jenny, our conference organisers via email at  Stay safe and see you all in February 2022.

Kind regards,

Dr Craig Hardner
Chair, APBC on behalf of
16th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference 2022 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 13-16 February 2022.

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



Registration open - 3rd March 2021

Early bird registration closes - 1st October 2021

Abstract submissions open - 3rd March 2021

Abstract submissions close -1st September 2021

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