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  • The lab’s biofortification exhibit “Improving Half the World’s Diet” was well received by a sellout crowd of 2,400 people at the TEDxMelbourne event on June 5, 2019. See more at the TEDxMelbourne 2019 wrap video.

  • On April 17, 2019, we were granted a five year license from the OGTR to field trial iron-enriched GM wheat in Australia. The first such license for the University of Melbourne! Read more here.

  • Two of the lab’s biofortification exhibits – “The Empty Bowl” and “Improving Half the World’s Diet” – featured prominently at the TEDxMelbourne, Made Possible by Melbourne event on August 13, 2018. See more at the TEDxMelbourne 2018 wrap video.

  • Alex Johnson has received the 2017-18 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech. Alex completed his MSc and PhD at Virginia Tech and the award recognizes his work to develop iron biofortified cereal crops over the past decade.

  • Jesse Beasley has won the 2017 RN Robertson Travelling Fellowship from the Australian Society of Plant Scientists. The fellowship will allow Jesse to travel to Cornell University and learn new ways of determining iron bioavailability in food products.

  • The whole lab pitched in to help run “The Empty Bowl” at University of Melbourne’s 2016 Open Day on August 21, 2016. This interactive exhibit gave away rice pudding to teach people about hidden hunger. See more at The Empty Bowl Open Day 2016 wrap video.

  • Ronan Broad has won a 2016 Postgraduate Internship Award from the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility to work with Plant Accelerator staff on his project entitled “Phenomic Characterization of Vitamin C Enriched Rice”.

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