For over 45 years AGBU has been researching genetic markers that improve the healthiness and productivity of a range of species.
Using massive datasets on animals and plants worldwide and creating highly complicated algorithms, our team delivers knowledge and tools that help breeders identify the best animals and plants. Through our partners, this information is then made available and useful for breeders and producers in all industries.
The economic contribution that AGBU has made over the years is immense, and underpins continuing improvements in productivity and profitability in the industries we work with.
The close links and collaborations with commercialisation partners and with industry direct are vital to the existence of AGBU.
Our scientists work closely with partners and industry to create a conduit for innovation that sets the standard world-wide.
The AGBU culture that has grown from a visionary founder is centred on the combination of excellence in R&D, attention to delivering funders' needs, and to developing a strong and deep understanding of the needs and goals of the end users - tools for determining the value of the genes of individual animals and plants, at an industry scale.
We supervise postgraduate research students across a range of animal and plant species. To view a list of our current and completed PhD student research projects, go to Students.
For information about postgraduate research scholarships at the University of New England, visit HDR Scholarships.
The world has other
great research institutes in animal genetics and there are other centres delivering direct outcomes to farmers, but AGBU is one place that does both and does it well.
Balancing genetics, biology and economics to improve profitability for beef producers.
Critical to the success of the R&D work on the genetic improvement of sheep, has been the relationships built with farmers.
Australia's beef industry now generates over $7bn in sales on-farm each year, and a significant contribution to the industry growth over the last 4 decades has been steady genetic improvement.
WOMBAT is a program to facilitate analyses fitting a linear, mixed model via restricted maximum likelihood (REML). Since 2006, WOMBAT has been downloaded more than 21,000 times and benefited researchers around the world.
AGBU is a key collaborator in AR&D for the beekeeping industry, because the strength of a national queen bee breeding program will be through the data generated.
Improving outcomes for rural and regional communities
Developing genetic evaluation systems that are the envy of the world