Scientific advisory committee
Mark Tester, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
Mark Tester is Professor of Bioscience and Associate Director of the Center for Desert Agriculture at KAUST, Saudi Arabia. He was previously in Adelaide, as a Research Professor in the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics and Director of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility. Mark led the establishment of this Facility, a $55m organisation that develops and delivers state-of-the-art phenotyping facilities, including The Plant Accelerator, an innovative plant growth and analysis facility. He leads a research group in which forward and reverse genetic approaches are used to understand salinity tolerance and improve this in crops such as barley and tomatoes.