Daniel Real was born in 1967 in Montevideo, Uruguay and received his Agronomy degree from the Faculty of Agronomy, University of Uruguay in 1991. He started working for the National Institute of Agricultural Research, Uruguay in 1991 at INIA La Estanzuela. Three years later he commenced post-graduate studies at Massey University, New Zealand and received his PhD degree in forage plant breeding in 1997. From 1997 to 2003, he worked at INIA Tacuarembó breeding forage legumes for oversowing into native grasslands. In 2003 he released his first cultivar of Lotononis bainesii Baker. Since 2003 he has worked at the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Plant-based Management for Dryland Salinity at The University of Western Australia in a 5-year project funded by Australian Wool Innovation to breed Lotus species for Mediterranean conditions. In the CRC he also has the administrative role of Activity Leader for herbaceous forage legumes and herbs for Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. In addition, he works as a consultant for Murdoch University and INIA and as an honorary lecturer at the School of Plant Biology, The University of Western Australia.