Professor David Jordan

Prof. David Jordan is a sorghum breeder and geneticist with more than 20 years experience working in both the public and private sector.


Professor in Genetics and Plant Breeding – Sorghum Team Leader


Prof. David Jordan is a sorghum breeder and geneticist with more than 20 years experience working in both the public and private sector.

For the last decade he has led the public sorghum pre-breeding program in Australia which is a partnership between the University of Queensland (UQ), The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and the Grains research and Develop Corporation (GRDC). This is a long running and successful research effort with a reputation for integrating across disciplines and linking research efforts from the strategic to the applied. Breeding lines from this program are widely used commercially in Australia and internationally with 100% of the commercial sorghum grown in Australia having genetics from the program. At the same time the research group continues to produce research papers at the forefront of sorghum research.

In recent years he had led projects focused on improving the lives of resource poor farmers in Africa that rely on sorghum.

Research Interests

Prof. Jordan has a diverse range of research interests including sorghum breeding, exploiting genetic diversity, genetic mapping and genomics, drought adaptation, breeding program information systems and the use of crop modelling in breeding.


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  • Prof. Graeme Hammer- QAAFI – Centre for Plant Science
  • Dr Emma Mace – DAF
  • Mr Alan Cruickshank – DAF
  • Prof. Ian Godwin – SAFS (UQ)
  • Dr Andy Borrell – QAAFI – Centre for Plant Science
  • Dr Bob Klein -USDA ARS
  • Prof. John Mullet- Texas A&M University
  • Assoc. Prof. Patricia Klein – Texas A&M University
  • Prof. Ian Small- University of Western Australia

Selected Publications

  • Chakrabarty, Subhadra, Mufumbo, Raphael, Windpassinger, Steffen, Jordan, David, Mace, Emma, Snowdon, Rod J. and Hathorn, Adrian (2022). Genetic and genomic diversity in the sorghum gene bank collection of Uganda. BMC Plant Biology, 22 (1) 378, 1-11. doi: 10.1186/s12870-022-03770-y

  • Borrell, Andrew K., Wong, Albert C. S., George-Jaeggli, Barbara, van Oosterom, Erik J., Mace, Emma S., Godwin, Ian D., Liu, Guoquan, Mullet, John E., Klein, Patricia E., Hammer, Graeme L., McLean, Greg, Hunt, Colleen and Jordan, David R. (2022). Genetic modification of PIN genes induces causal mechanisms of stay-green drought adaptation phenotype. Journal of Experimental Botany, 73 (19), 6711-6726. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erac336

  • Zhi, Xiaoyu, Hammer, Graeme, Borrell, Andrew, Tao, Yongfu, Wu, Alex, Hunt, Colleen, van Oosterom, Erik, Massey-Reed, Sean Reynolds, Cruickshank, Alan, Potgieter, Andries B., Jordan, David, Mace, Emma and George-Jaeggli, Barbara (2022). Genetic basis of sorghum leaf width and its potential as a surrogate for transpiration efficiency. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 135 (9), 3057-3071. doi: 10.1007/s00122-022-04167-z


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