The Summer Grains Conference (http://www.australiansummergrains.com.au/) brings together growers, grain traders, agronomists and researchers working with the five summer grains crops sorghum, mungbeans, soybeans, sunflowers and maize.
The third Summer Grains Conference was held from the 7-9th of March 2016 at the RACV Royal Pines Resort in Benowa at the Gold Coast and attracted 375 delegates and 35 trade exhibitors. Seven researchers from the Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis participated in the conference and presented some of the work associated with Centre activities. Prof. Graeme Hammer, Prof. David Jordan, Dr Barbara George-Jaeggli (for Dr Andrew Borrell) and Dr Andries Potgieter gave oral presentations on various sorghum topics from modelling heat stress, trait breeding, stay-green to high-throughput phenotyping. Alex Wu and Geetika presented their work via excellent posters.
The CoETP research was further showcased at a trade booth dedicated to sorghum research. The booth was one of the busiest booths at the conference and visitors showed great interest in the drones and other scientific equipment used for Centre activities. People were also keen to try some of the sorghum product on offer, such as muffins and biscuits made from sorghum flower, but particularly the beer and spirits made from sorghum.