The Plant Biotechnology group offers an exciting and stimulating world class environment for research, education and training in plant molecular biology and plant biotechnology. Programs cover the broad spectrum of research using modern techniques to genetically engineer pasture, vegetable and horticulture crops for future agricultural and environmental needs. The group is part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre for Excellence for Integrative Legume Research.

Group Achievements:

  • developed world's first hypoallergenic ryegrass using genetic engineering
  • the first to identify Bcp1, a gene that is essential for male fertility in flowering plants. This gene is being used to develop new hybrid seed production system for crop plants
  • the first to identify and clone the major allergenic protein from ryegrass pollen. This discovery is being used to produce a vaccine against grass pollen-induced hayfever
  • the first to identify male gamete specific gene expression and gamete specific promoters in flowering plants
  • world first report of successful tissue culture based micropropagation system for macadamia
  • produced modified forms of grass pollen allergen for hayfever immunotherapy
  • wins competitive research funds
  • wins prestigious awards

Research Projects

Research Group Contact Information

Name and Honorifics: Prof Mohan Singh
Dept: Agriculture and Food Systems
Ph: +61 3 8344 5051

Name and Honorifics: Prof Prem Bhalla
Title: Section Head - Biosciences
Dept:  Agriculture and Food Systems
Ph: +61 3 8344 9651
Faculty:  Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne


  • Prof Mohan Singh, Group Leader
  • Prof Prem Bhalla, Group Leader
  • Dr Annie Wong, Research Fellow
  • Dr Tatiana Kolesnik, Research Fellow
  • Dr Isabelle Damiani, Research Fellow
  • Dr Lijuan Luo, Fellow
  • Mr Chris Chong, Technical assistant
  • Ms Lin Zhang, Technical assistant

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