Dr Owen Powell

Research Fellow

Centre for Crop Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation


My research interests centre on using quantitative genetics to drive genetic gain and efficiency in plant and animal breeding programmes.

Previous work in the UK focused on using genomic information prediction to demonstrate and exploit synergies between plant and animal breeding. Stochastic simulations were used to quantify the impact of new genomic breeding strategies in a wide variety of settings; from low to middle-income (LMIC) dairy cattle breeding programs to large, well-funded maize breeding programs.

My work at QAAFI and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature & Agriculture focuses on the development of prediction methods that combine biological, environmental and management information under a unifying framework, to enhance our ability to identify breeding parents, varieties and genotype-by-agronomic management (GxM) solutions that are best suited for future climates.

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Research Impacts

Dr Powell helps public and private genetic improvement programs to find better ways to predict the outcomes of selective breeding.

His core work focuses on developing, applying and optimising prediction methods to accelerate rates of sustainable genetic improvement.

Dr Powell is involved in the research and HDR student supervision on projects that span plant, animal and aquaculture species.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
  • Masters (Research) of Science, University of Edinburgh


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