Adinda Derkx

Dr Adinda Derkx

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

I study late-maturity α-amylase (LMA) in wheat. LMA is an undesirable genetic trait that when expressed results in elevated levels of α-amylase and potentially an unacceptable low Falling Number in mature grain, causing grain downgrading and financial looses to the grower.

The main areas of research are:
1) The environmental regulation of LMA expression, particularly by temperature. This should lead to improved phenotyping methods as well as a better understanding of LMA expression in the field.
2) Genetics of LMA, with the aim of developing molecular markers for wheat improvement.
3) Fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of LMA, including possible hormonal regulation.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow Plant Industry (CSIRO)
    2008 - 2012 PhD student Rothamsted Research (BBSRC), Harpenden
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2013 University of Nottingham United Kingdom PhD Agricultural Sciences
    2008 Radboud University Nijmegen The Netherlands MSc Biology
    2006 Radboud University Nijmegen The Netherlands BSc Biology
  • Research Interests

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor A genetic environmental and functional investigation of late maturity alpha-amylase (LMA), and its implications for wheat breeding. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr William Charles Yelland Fairlie
  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83137480
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  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Waite, floor 1
  • Room: 1 12
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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