Frederik (Frikkie) Botha is currently a Professorial Research Fellow at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture & Food Innovation, University of Queensland, Australia. Previous roles include Executive Director of the Sugar Research Development Corporation, Australia, Director the Sugarcane Research Institute, and Institute for Plant Biotechnology in South Africa. He is a past President of the South African Association of Botanists and current Vice-Chair of the International Society of Sugarcane Technologists. Served as board member of PlantBio, National Innovation Centre for Plant Biotechnology, and member of the GMO evaluation Committee, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in South Africa. His research focus is on the genetic and molecular control of carbon partitioning in the culm and leaves of the C4 grasses with special attention to sugarcane. He has authored 190 scientific papers, 4 book chapters and a book on Sugarcane Physiology. Co-inventor on 4 registered international patents.