Dr Alan Little

Alan Little
Senior Research Scientist
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

Dr Alan Little is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the University of Adelaide node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls. He is a plant pathologist with expertise in molecular biology, plant cell walls and plant-pathogen interactions. His major research interest is in defining the role of plant cell walls in innate immunity. The association of cell wall polysaccharides with basal host resistance provides new targets for the improvement of papillae composition and for the generation of novel crop lines with greater disease resistance.

Connect With Me

External Profiles

Dr Alan Little

Dr Alan Little is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the University of Adelaide node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls. He is a plant pathologist with expertise in molecular biology, plant cell walls and plant-pathogen interactions. His major research interest is in defining the role of plant cell walls in innate immunity. The association of cell wall polysaccharides with basal host resistance provides new targets for the improvement of papillae composition and for the generation of novel crop lines with greater disease resistance.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2011 Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide
2010 - 2011 Senior Research Scientist University of Adelaide
2010 Member Project Leadership Team within the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls
2007 - 2010 SA Account Manager Invitrogen - Life Technologies
2004 - 2007 Postdoctoral Reseach Fellow University of Adelaide

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2004 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD CSIRO Plant Industry
The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Honours), Biochemistry

Keywords

Plant Cell and Molecular Biology, Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology

Journals

Date Citation
2017 Chowdhury,J, Lück,S, Rajaraman,J, Douchkov,D, Shirley,N, Schwerdt,J, Schweizer,P, Fincher,G, Burton,R, Little,A et al, 2017, Altered expression of genes implicated in xylan biosynthesis affects penetration resistance against powdery mildew, Frontiers in Plant Science, 8, - 10.3389/fpls.2017.00445
2016 Cu,S, Collins,H, Betts,N, March,T, Janusz,A, Stewart,D, Skadhauge,B, Eglinton,J, Kyriacou,B, Little,A et al, 2016, Water uptake in barley grain: physiology; genetics and industrial applications, Plant Science, 242, 260-269 10.1016/j.plantsci.2015.08.009
2016 Douchkov,D, Lueck,S, Hensel,G, Kumlehn,J, Rajaraman,J, Johrde,A, Doblin,M, Beahan,C, Kopischke,M, Fuchs,R et al, 2016, The barley (Hordeum vulgare) cellulose synthase-like D2 gene (HvCslD2) mediates penetration resistance to host-adapted and nonhost isolates of the powdery mildew fungus, New Phytologist, 212, 2, 421-433 10.1111/nph.14065
2016 Dimitroff,G, Little,A, Lahnstein,J, Schwerdt,J, Srivastava,V, Bulone,V, Burton,R, Fincher,G, 2016, (1,3;1,4)-β-glucan biosynthesis by the CSLF6 enzyme: position and flexibility of catalytic residues influence product fine structure, Biochemistry, 55, 13, 2054-2061 10.1021/acs.biochem.5b01384
2016 Zhang,R, Tucker,M, Burton,R, Shirley,N, Little,A, Morris,J, Milne,L, Houston,K, Hedley,P, Waugh,R et al, 2016, The dynamics of transcript abundance during cellularization of developing barley endosperm, Plant Physiology, 170, 3, 1549-1565 10.1104/pp.15.01690
2016 Houston,K, Tucker,M, Chowdhury,J, Shirley,N, Little,A, 2016, The plant cell wall: a complex and dynamic structure as revealed by the responses of genes under stress conditions, Frontiers in Plant Science, 7, AUG2016, 1-18 10.3389/fpls.2016.00984
2016 Chowdhury,J, Schober,M, Shirley,N, Singh,R, Jacobs,A, Douchkov,D, Schweizer,P, Fincher,G, Burton,R, Little,A et al, 2016, Down-regulation of the glucan synthase-like 6 gene (HvGsl6) in barley leads to decreased callose accumulation and increased cell wall penetration by Blumeria graminis f. sp. hordei, New Phytologist, 212, 2, 434-443 10.1111/nph.14086
2015 Wong,S, Shirley,N, Little,A, Khoo,K, Schwerdt,J, Fincher,G, Burton,R, Mather,D, 2015, Differential expression of the HvCslF6 gene late in grain development may explain quantitative differences in (1,3;1,4)-β-glucan concentration in barley, Molecular Breeding, 35, 1, 20-1-20-12 10.1007/s11032-015-0208-6
2014 Chowdhury,M, Henderson,M, Schweizer,P, Burton,R, Fincher,G, Little,A, 2014, Differential accumulation of callose, arabinoxylan and cellulose in nonpenetrated versus penetrated papillae on leaves of barley infected with Blumeria graminis f. sp. hordei, New Phytologist, 204, 3, 650-660 10.1111/nph.12974
2014 Schreiber,M, Wright,F, MacKenzie,K, Hedley,P, Schwerdt,J, Little,A, Burton,R, Fincher,G, Marshall,D, Waugh,R et al, 2014, The barley genome sequence assembly reveals three additional members of the CslF (1,3;1,4)-β-glucan synthase gene family, PLoS One, 9, 3, e90888-1-e90888-9 10.1371/journal.pone.0090888
2008 Lightfoot,D, Boettcher,A, Little,A, Shirley,N, Able,A, 2008, Identification and characterisation of barley (Hordeum vulgare) respiratory burst oxidase homologue family members, Functional Plant Biology, 35, 5, 347-359 10.1071/FP08109
2007 Habili,N, Kominek,P, Little,A, 2007, Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 1 as a common grapevine pathogen, Plant Viruses, April, 63-68
2006 Little,A, Rezaian,M, 2006, Improved detection of grapevine leafroll-associated virus 1 by magnetic capture hybridisation RT-PCR on a conserved region of viral RNA, Archives of Virology, 151, 4, 753-761 10.1007/s00705-005-0649-z
2001 Little,A, Fazeli,C, Rezaian,M, 2001, Hypervariable genes in Grapevine leafroll associated virus 1, Virus Research, 80, 01-Feb, 109-116 10.1016/S0168-1702(01)00343-4

Book Chapters

Date Citation
2015 Little,A, Rezaian,MA, 2015, Grapevine Viroids and Viroid Diseases, APS Press, pp. 136-138
2003 Little,A, Rezaian,MA, 2003, Grapevine Viroids, CSIRO PUBLISHING

Conference Papers

Date Citation
2005 Little,A, Sarpeleh,A, Craig,A, Boettcher,A, Stonor,J, Able,A, 2005, Understanding how barley interacts with Rhynchosporium secalis and Pyrenophora teres as a basis for improving disease resistance to necrotrophic fungal pathogens, Australian Barley Technical Symposium (Hobart, Tasmania), Hobart, Tasmania

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2017 Member Australian Society of Plant Scientists Australia
2015 Member Australasian Plant Pathology Society Australia
Position
Senior Research Scientist
Phone
83137260
Fax
8313 7116
Campus
Waite
Building
Wine Innovation Central
Room Number
4 25
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

top