Dr Greg Constable: cotton researcher.

Dr Greg Constable: cotton researcher.

Dr Greg Constable: leading cotton research

Dr Greg Constable is a leader in cotton research, investigating plant breeding, genetically modified cotton varieties, higher yield management packages, improved sustainability and reducing insecticide use.

  • 1 December 2005 | Updated 23 April 2014

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History


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Current activities

As Stream Leader for Industrial Fibres from Cotton, Dr Greg Constable's specific research interests include cotton breeding, agronomy and crop management systems.

He has driven research in cotton breeding for:

  • disease tolerance
  • high fibre quality
  • water use efficiency
  • the rapid development of genetically modified breeding lines with multiple traits
  • the consolidation of significant sales of CSIRO cotton varieties in Australia and overseas.

He is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Crop Sciences, University of Sydney, New South Wales (NSW), Australia.


Dr Constable was a NSW Department of Agriculture crop scientists up to 1991 when he joined CSIRO Plant Industry's cotton breeding team at Narrabri.

Dr Constable's specific research interests include cotton breeding, agronomy and crop management systems.

He has specialised in breeding cotton for full season cropping systems and has also initiated breeding for improved fibre quality. 

CSIRO has been successful in combining the characteristics of elite cotton germplasm with transgenic insect and herbicide resistance traits to transform Australian cotton as a more sustinable industry.

He was the first Director of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Sustainable Cotton Production, through the planning phase in 1992, its successful establishment in 1993, and up to its renewal in 1999 as the Australian Cotton CRC.

Academic qualifications

Dr Constable holds the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1970
  • Master of Agricultural Science, University of Sydney, 1975
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 1982.


Dr Constable has supervised a number of Masters and Doctoral projects through both the University of Sydney and the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, Australia.

In 2003 the influential Australian business magazine the Bulletin, judged Dr Constable 'Australia's smartest scientist'. Some of Dr Constable's other awards include:

  • Centenary medal for services to plant production and processing, 2002
  • CSIRO Chairman's Medal (team), 2003
  • Australian Government Prize for Rural innovation (team), 2005
  • ATSE Clunies Ross Award (team), 2006
  • Austrlian Cotton Growers Research Association Researcher of the Year, 1984 and 2006.
  • Outstanding Research Award in Cotton physiology at the 2008 US Beltwide Cotton conferences.

In 2001 Dr Constable was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering for his research for his work in helping to develop:

  • higher yield management packages
  • improved sustainability from better resource management
  • reduced insecticide use due to the introduction of pest resistant, genetically modified cotton varieties. 

See a list of scientific papers published by Dr Constable on the next page.