CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Update

22 April 2020

On behalf of the 16th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference (APBC) committee I am pleased to announce that conference will now be held from the 21 - 23 June 2021 at QT Gold Coast.   We hope that you are all safe and well and look forward to welcoming everyone to the Gold Coast in June 2021.  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 June 2021.

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 21-23 June 2021.

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 (13 – 18  June 2021).



Registration open - 1st October 2019

Early bird registration closes - 23rd March 2021

Abstract submissions close -29th January 2021

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