Project Leader (Wheat-Durum-Pulses)

Prof Richard Trethowan

Professor at the University of Sydney (Plant Breeding Institute) since 2006 lead CAIGE project since its start. Prof Richard Trethowan has a B.Sc and a PhD from the University of Sydney, and is currently Director of the IA Watson Grain Research Centre within the Plant Breeding Institute. His researches are mainly focused in wheat breeding and genetics.   

Telephone +61 2 9351 8860
Fax +61 2 9351 8875



Project Leader (Barley)

Dr. Mark Dieters 

In 2003, Mark Dieters joined the University of Queensland after completing his PhD in Florida.  He has been involved in research related to genetic improvement of crop and tree species. Dr. Mark Dieters is in charge of the barley side of CAIGE project.

Telephone +61 7 3365 7410
Fax +61 7 3365 1177

Database Management

Sandra Micallef 

Sandra's expertise is database collection and management, more particularly in germplasm. She has a wide experience in designing and developing database for companies. Sandra has been involved with CAIGE for several years as Data Manager.


Telephone +61 (0)416 331 101

Deepak Baranwal

Deepak, an ACIAR John Allwright Fellow, is completing his PhD at Plant Breeding Institute, University of Sydney. He explores the advance genomics tools to identify novel rust-resistance alleles and develop breeder-friendly KASP markers. He also worked over four years to advance the wheat improvement programme including varietal development in the Bihar state of India.

Telephone +61 (0)469860232
Fax +61 (2) 9351 8875

CAIGE Coordinator

Julie has worked holistically with the wheat production systems and is very interested in multiple root diseases resistance combined with good yield and adaption.  She has extensive experience in international agriculture, having worked for The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre for 13 years based in both Mexico and then 10 years in the regional program of West Asia and North Africa based in Turkey.  She has particularly interests in germplasm improvement, genetics, integrated pest management and soil health in rainfed wheat production systems.   She has specific expertise in Crown Rot and Cereal Nematodes (Cereal Cyst and Root Lesion) on water limited wheat productions systems.

Julie Nicol

Telephone +61 (0)488 709 439

Other important actors in CAIGE:

Dr Pip Wilson

GRDC Representative

Telephone +61 2 6166 4500
Fax +61 2 6166 4599

Brett Lobsey

Quarantine Representative

Telephone +61 2 6763 1152

Dr. Sally Norton

Seed Distribution
Australian Grains Genebank

Telephone +61 3 5362 2124