Dr Richard Richards is the Program Leader of the High Performance Crops for Australia group.
He is working to understand the genetic and physiological basis of the variation in growth, development and yield of wheat. He wants to use this understanding to breed higher yielding wheats.
Elite wheat lines developed by Dr Richards and his group are currently in advanced yield trials throughout Australia. Several new wheat cultivars with higher yield potential are currently in commercial production in Australia.
Dr Richards was appointed lecturer in the Botany Department at the University of Western Australia, Perth, in 1975 and joined CSIRO Plant Industry in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), in 1976.
Dr Richards left CSIRO to join the University of California, Davis, California, USA, as a research agronomist, but returned to CSIRO Plant Industry in Canberra, ACT, in 1981.