School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences
Ahsan is an agricultural scientist having interest in plant breeding, genetics and molecular biology. During his PhD, he focused on improving the salinity tolerance of bread wheat. This involved large-scale glasshouse and field trials and genotyping by sequencing to identify novel loci, candidate genes and genetic markers linked to salt tolerance sub-traits. Using non-destructive high-throughput platforms, he genotyped and phenotyped bread wheat mapping populations and conducted quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis. Performance of these QTL were further evaluated under saline field conditions across South Australia and Western Australia. Currently, Ahsan is a Postdoctoral Fellow on a GRDC-funded project (UA00163) “Pulse Breeding Australia: Faba Bean Breeding”. This project involves the development of new high yielding faba bean varieties having better adaptation to the major production regions in Australia, improved disease resistance and herbicide tolerance than current varieties.
Date Position Institution name 2018 Postdoctoral Fellow The University of Adelaide 2017 - 2018 Research Assistant (Casual) The University of Adelaide 2012 - 2013 Lecturer University of Gujrat, Pakistan 2011 - 2012 Development Officer-Hybrid Rice Bayer CropScience, Pakistan
Date Institution name Country Title 2013 - 2017 The University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy, PhD 2008 - 2011 National Agricultural Research Centre Pakistan M.Phil, Plant Genomics and Biotechnology 2004 - 2008 University of Agriculture Pakistan B.Sc. (Hons.) Plant Breeding and Genetics
Year Citation 2019 Asif, M. A., Pearson, A. S., Schilling, R. K., & Roy, S. J. (2019). Opportunities for Developing Salt‐tolerant Wheat and Barley Varieties. Annual Plant Reviews online.
2018 Asif, M., Schilling, R., Tilbrook, J., Brien, C., Dowling, K., Rabie, H., . . . Pearson, A. (2018). Mapping of novel salt tolerance QTL in an Excalibur x Kukri doubled haploid wheat population. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 131(10), 2179-2196.
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2013 Zahur, M., Asif, M. A., Zeeshan, N., Mehmood, S., Malik, M. F., & Asif, A. R. (2013). Homeobox leucine zipper proteins and cotton improvement. Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology, 04(10), 15-20.
2012 Iqbal, M., Nazir, F., Ali, S., Asif, M., Zafar, Y., Iqbal, J., & Ali, G. (2012). Over expression of rice chitinase gene in transgenic peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) improves resistance against leaf spot. Molecular Biotechnology, 50(2), 129-136.
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2011 Asif, M. A., Zafar, Y., Iqbal, J., Iqbal, M. M., Rashid, U., Ali, G. M., . . . Nazir, F. (2011). Enhanced Expression of AtNHX1, in Transgenic Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) Improves Salt and Drought Tolerence. MOLECULAR BIOTECHNOLOGY, 49(3), 250-256.
DOI WoS40 Europe PMC20
2011 Nawab, N., Shakil, Q., Niaz, S., Iqbal, M., Asif, M., & Khan, I. (2011). Genetics of trichomes and its association with fibre and agronomic traits in cotton. African Journal of Biotechnology, 10(20), 3964-3972.
2010 Malik, S., Bakhsh, A., Asif, M., Iqbal, U., & Iqbal, S. (2010). Assessment of genetic variability and interrelationship among some agronomic traits in chickpea. International Journal of Agriculture and Biology, 12(1), 81-85.
|2019||Early Career Scholarship||Australian Pulse Conference||$ 1,500|
|2013-2017||Adelaide Scholarship International||The University of Adelaide||$26,288 pa|
|2013-2017||Supplementary ACPFG Scholarship||Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics||$5,273 pa|
|2016||Duncan Correll Crop Science Society Travel Award||Crop Science Society of South Australia Incorporated||$1,000|
|2016||Conference Travel Award||Plant Nutrition Trust||$1,000|
|2014||Conference Travel Award||Australian Society of Plant Scientists||$5,00|
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2019 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Ascochyta blight resistance in faba bean: marker development and fine mapping University of Adelaide Master of Biotechnology Master Full Time Levina Pieter
Date Role Membership Country 2016 - 2017 Member Crop Science Society of South Australia Australia 2014 - 2015 Treasurer Postgraduate Association for Waite Students Australia 2014 - 2015 Representative Australian Society of Plant Scientists Australia 2013 - ongoing Member Australian Society of Plant Scientists Australia
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