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Location University of Queensland, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
App. deadline 07/02/2017
  • Self funding students only
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Cryopreservation of avocado

Suitable for PhD Student applying for own scholarship.

Avocado (Persea Americana Mill) is a high value horticultural crop for Queensland. Currently, avocado genetic resources are maintained in the form of field repositories at great cost and risk of natural disasters, pest and diseases. Cryopreservation is the long-term storage of live tissues at ultra-low temperatures, and offers a necessary, complimentary method that is safe, cost-effective and long-term. This project will further develop our cryopreservation protocol for avocado, and translate this to a number of Persea spp cultivars/diverse germplasm. The student will work closely with collaborators in California, USA, and will have opportunity to work in California for a part of their project. The student may also have opportunity to undertake some next-generation molecular work in order to help elucidate Persea evolution and diversity with the goal to inform cryopreservation priorities. This project could be transformational for genetic preservation of avocado and other important tree species. 

Location: Mitter Laboratory, QAAFI Centre for Plant Science, Queensland Bioscience Precinct, UQ St Lucia campus, Brisbane. In collaboration with The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens, California, USA.
Contact supervisors: A/Prof. Neena Mitter ( and Dr Alice Hayward (

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Dr Alice Hayward