Consultants | Dr Paul Brennan
Consultant in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology
- Since leaving QDPI Dr Brennan has pursued a consulting business on plant breeding and the application of biotechnology to plant breeding as well as completing two terms on the SRDC Board and being a member of ACIP and the advisory committee on plant breeders’ rights to the Plant Breeders’ Rights Office (IP Australia). He has and/or is undertaking consultancy work for:
- Grains Research and Development Corporation,
- Horticulture Australia Limited,
- Western Australia Department of Agriculture and Food,
- Macadamia Society of Australia,
- Prevar (NZ apple and pear variety commercialisation company),
- ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research),
- Office of the Gene Technology Regulator,
- ZESPRI (NZ kiwifruit cooperative),
- Export Grains Centre,
- NZ Crop and Food Research,
- International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT, Turkey),
- International Centre for Dryland Agriculture (ICARDA, Syria),
- World Bank (Beijing and Yan Ling, PR China),
- AUSAID (Cambodia and Viet Nam),
- SunPrime Seeds and
- Grain Biotec Australia.
- The activities undertaken include:
- evaluating methodology, progress and outcomes of R&D investments,
- evaluation of research proposals,
- general management of a portfolio of related R and D projects,
- reviews of research activities,
- strategic planning,
- developing changed management strategies for Australian wheat breeding,
- negotiation of multi-agency research programs both at the national and international level,
- identification of commercialisation opportunities,
- teaching plant breeding and
- technical due diligence.
A large component of his responsibilities when on the SRDC Board, with GRDC and with Horticulture Australia (HAL) require the development of a culture of collaboration and cooperation among scientists from a range of provider agencies.
CropGen International has the resources and contacts to provide additional competence if it does not reside in the current group. This may be through extensive literature searches; perusal of industry documents; web searches or by inviting other professionals to participate in the review team.