Daniel Real
Senior Research Officer (Forage Breeding and Agronomy)
Daniel Real

My role in the department

I am the project leader of all the projects involving the domestication, breeding and animal production of the forage legume tedera. These projects are co-funded by DPIRD and Meat and Livestock Australia.

Contact information

+61 (0)8 9368 3879
+61 (0)409 016 422

My background

I have more than 25 years experience in breeding both annual and perennial legumes for temperate, subtropical and Mediterranean climates. Originally from Uruguay, I graduated from the University of Uruguay in 1991 and did my PhD in Plant breeding from 1994-1997 at Massey University, New Zealand. I have released nine cultivars of six forage legume species and have published 45 peer-reviewed journal articles.


  • Leading an international program to domesticate the drought-tolerant perennial forage legume Tedera, which is used to fill the summer and autumn feed-gap in farming systems with Mediterranean-like climates.

Key Expertise

Tedera, lotus, pasture, forage, breeding and agronomy


  • PhD in Plant Breeding, Massey University, New Zealand