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Barry Pogson


Professor Barry Pogson is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at the Australian National University. He leads the Global Plant Council's Nutritional Security Initiative on improving plants for human health, and has been involved in the GPC since its inaugural meeting. He is Senior Editor for The Plant Cell and Chair of the Golden Rice Technical Advisory Committee.

He is an ISI highly cited author and American Society of Plant Biology top-cited author for The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology.

He has conducted pioneering work on signaling between chloroplasts and nuclei. Among his heralded discoveries are a chloroplast-to-nucleus signaling pathway that underlies drought tolerance and an epigenetic regulator of carotenoid accumulation. He is at the forefront of genetic investigations into carotenoid biosynthesis, chloroplast retrograde signaling and their impacts on plant biology and human nutrition. A particular emphasis is on how the energy organelles sense the environment and initiate plant responses to coordinate growth, development and acclimation to abiotic stress.

Barry and members of his group have received six national and international awards for research excellence, and numerous awards for teaching and supervision excellence, including the Fenner Medal of the Australian Academy of Science; and the Peter Goldacre Award of the Australian Society of Plant Scientists.


Chan KX, Phua SY, Crisp P, McQuinn R, Pogson BJ.
Learning the languages of the chloroplast: retrograde signaling and beyond.
Annual Review of Plant Biology 2016;67.

McQuinn RP, Giovannoni JJ, Pogson BJ.
More than meets the eye: from carotenoid biosynthesis, to new insights into apocarotenoid signalling.
Current Opinion in Plant Biology 2015;27:172–79.

Rivers J, Warthmann N, Pogson BJ, Borevitz JO.
Genomic breeding for food, environment and livelihoods.
Food Security 2015;7:375–82.

Gruissem W, Lee C-H, Oliver M, Pogson B.
The Global Plant Council: increasing the impact of plant research to meet global challenges.
Journal of Plant Biology 2012;55(5):343–48.

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