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.
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
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
Year Citation 2010 Derkx, A., Foulkes, M. J., & Hawkesford, M. J. (2010). Variation in leaf senescence, nitrogen remobilisation and harvest index in two lines of wheat. In X. Draye, M. J. Foulkes, M. J. Hawkesford, & E. Murchie (Eds.), Aspects of Applied Biology (pp. 233-237). Marston, Lincolnshire, UK.
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
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