Professor Amanda Able

Amanda Able
Professor in Plant Science
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

I lead a research team internationally recognised for its work in understanding plant-pathogen interactions and postharvest physiology. I have been involved in funded projects worth more than 8.5 million dollars since joining UA in 2001. As of November 2016, I have had seventeen PhD students and one Masters student successfully graduate since 2002 and was named Tall Poppy of the Year for South Australia in 2006 and the USQ Research Alumnus of the Year in 2015.

In addition to research excellence, I am passionate about educating the next generation. I want to motivate, inspire and encourage students to learn life-long skills thereby enhancing their opportunities in the discipline of plant science, agriculture and/or biotechnology. I was awarded the Executive Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005 and the Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS) Teaching Award in 2009. Furthermore, as the Education and Training Program Leader within the Molecular Plant Breeding CRC from 2003 to 2008 I promoted plant breeding and plant biotechnology to the wider community and school students, developing the award-winning Secondary School program, Get into Genes. I was the Associate Dean (Curriculum) for the Faculty of Sciences from 2011 to 2016 providing strategic leadership within the University particularly with regards to ensuring the quality of student curricula and assessment strategies in the Faculty. I have also been part of the national Office of Learning and Teaching project responsible for the development of the Agriculture Learning and Teaching Academic Standards, endorsed by the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture (www.agltas.edu.au/).

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Professor Amanda Able

I lead a research team internationally recognised for its work in understanding plant-pathogen interactions and postharvest physiology. I have been involved in funded projects worth more than 8.5 million dollars since joining UA in 2001. As of November 2016, I have had seventeen PhD students and one Masters student successfully graduate since 2002 and was named Tall Poppy of the Year for South Australia in 2006 and the USQ Research Alumnus of the Year in 2015.

In addition to research excellence, I am passionate about educating the next generation. I want to motivate, inspire and encourage students to learn life-long skills thereby enhancing their opportunities in the discipline of plant science, agriculture and/or biotechnology. I was awarded the Executive Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005 and the Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS) Teaching Award in 2009. Furthermore, as the Education and Training Program Leader within the Molecular Plant Breeding CRC from 2003 to 2008 I promoted plant breeding and plant biotechnology to the wider community and school students, developing the award-winning Secondary School program, Get into Genes. I was the Associate Dean (Curriculum) for the Faculty of Sciences from 2011 to 2016 providing strategic leadership within the University particularly with regards to ensuring the quality of student curricula and assessment strategies in the Faculty. I have also been part of the national Office of Learning and Teaching project responsible for the development of the Agriculture Learning and Teaching Academic Standards, endorsed by the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture (www.agltas.edu.au/).

Our research focuses on understanding how a plant defends itself against disease, the impact of nutrition on plant disease and the postharvest physiology of fruits and vegetables. We are also involved in the scholarship of learning and teaching. Specific areas of research in the Able laboratory include:

  • Toxin production by the barley net blotch pathogen Pyrenophora teres
  • Ripening mechanisms in capsicum (bell pepper)
  • Effect of storage and processing on antioxidants and other bioactives in hull-less barley grain for human food and durum for pasta
  • Work-integrated learning and scaffolding of inquiry-based learning and research skill development

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2015 Professor in Plant Science University of Adelaide
2012 - 2014 Associate Professor in Plant Science University of Adelaide
2005 - 2011 Senior Lecturer in Plant Science University of Adelaide
2001 - 2004 Lecturer in Plant Science University of Adelaide
1998 - 2001 Plant Physiologist Queensland Department of Primary Industries

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2015 Award University of Southern Queensland Research and Alumnus of the Year 2015
2009 Award Australian Society of Plant Scientists Teaching Prize
2006 - 2007 Award South Australian Young Tall Poppy
2006 Award South Australian Tall Poppy of the Year
2006 - 2007 Nomination Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting the Understanding of Science
2006 Award Cooperative Research Centre Association Excellence and Innovation in Education Award
2005 Award Faculty of Sciences Excellence in Teaching Prize 2005
2005 Recognition The University of Adelaide's The Stephen Cole the Elder Prize (Highly Commended)
2005 Nomination Adelaide University Postgraduate Association Supervisor of the Year Finalist
1999 Award Australasian Plant Pathology Society llen Kerr Prize

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
1995 - 1998 University of Southern Queensland Australia PhD (in Physiological Plant Pathology)
1994 - 1994 University of Southern Queensland Australia Bachelor of Applied Science (1st Class Honours)
1991 - 1993 University of Southern Queensland Australia Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Plant Biology and Environmental Systems

Research Interests

Curriculum and Pedagogy, Education Assessment and Evaluation, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Liu, H., Able, A. & Able, J. (2017). Genotypic water-deficit stress responses in durum wheat: Association between physiological traits, microRNA regulatory modules and yield components. Functional Plant Biology, 44, 5, 538-551.
10.1071/FP16294
2017 Liu, H., Able, A. & Able, J. (2017). Water-deficit stress-responsive microRNAs and their targets in four durum wheat genotypes. Functional and Integrative Genomics, 17, 2-3, 237-251.
10.1007/s10142-016-0515-y
2017 Ismail, I. & Able, A. (2017). Gene expression profiling of virulence-associated proteins in planta during net blotch disease of barley. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, 98, 69-79.
10.1016/j.pmpp.2017.03.007
2016 Lightfoot, D., Rd McGrann, G. & Able, A. (2016). The role of a cytosolic superoxide dismutase in barley-pathogen interactions.. Molecular plant pathology, 18, 3, -.
10.1111/mpp.12399
2016 Ismail, I. & Able, A. (2016). Secretome analysis of virulent Pyrenophora teres f. teres isolates. Proteomics, 16, 20, 2625-2636.
10.1002/pmic.201500498
2016 Do, T., Muhlhausler, B., Box, A. & Able, A. (2016). Enrichment of antioxidant capacity and vitamin E in pita made from barley. Journal of Food Science, 81, 3, H777-H785.
10.1111/1750-3841.13218
2016 Acuna, T., Kelder, J. -. A., McDonald, G. & Able, A. (2016). Implementing the threshold learning outcomes for agriculture at two Australian universities. Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability, 7, 1, 2-21.
10.21153/jtlge2016vol7no1art585
2016 Liu, H., Able, A. & Able, J. (2016). SMARTER De-Stressed Cereal Breeding. Trends in Plant Science, 21, 11, 909-925.
10.1016/j.tplants.2016.07.006
2015 Liu, H., Searle, I. R., Mather, D. E., Able, A. J. & Able, J. A. (2015). Morphological, physiological and yield responses of durum wheat to pre-anthesis water-deficit stress are genotype-dependent. Crop and Pasture Science, 66, 10, 1024-1038.
10.1071/CP15013
2015 Do, T., Cozzolino, D., Muhlhausler, B., Box, A. & Able, A. (2015). Effect of malting on antioxidant capacity and vitamin E content in different barley genotypes. Journal of the Institute of Brewing, 121, 4, 531-540.
10.1002/jib.271
2015 Do, T., Cozzolino, D., Muhlhausler, B., Box, A. & Able, A. (2015). Antioxidant capacity and vitamin E in barley: Effect of genotype and storage. Food Chemistry, 187, 65-74.
10.1016/j.foodchem.2015.04.028
2015 Liu, H., Searle, I., Watson-Haigh, N., Baumann, U., Mather, D., Able, A. & Able, J. (2015). Genome-wide identification of microRNAs in leaves and the developing head of four durum genotypes during water deficit stress. PLoS One, 10, 11, e0142799-1-e0142799-30.
10.1371/journal.pone.0142799
2014 Able, A., Smyth, H. & Joyce, D. (2014). Postharvest physiology and volatile production by flowers of Ptilotus nobilis. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 88, 61-71.
10.1016/j.postharvbio.2013.10.002
2014 Al-Fahdawi, M. S., Able, J. A., Evans, M. & Able, A. J. (2014). Response of durum wheat to different levels of zinc and Fusarium pseudograminearum. Crop and Pasture Science, 65, 1, 61-73.
10.1071/CP13306
2014 Wuryatmo, E., Able, A., Ford, C. & Scott, E. (2014). Effect of volatile citral on the development of blue mould, green mould and sour rot on navel orange. Australasian Plant Pathology, 43, 4, 403-411.
10.1007/s13313-014-0281-z
2014 Aizat, W., Dias, D., Stangoulis, J., Able, J., Roessner, U. & Able, A. (2014). Metabolomics of capsicum ripening reveals modification of the ethylene related-pathway and carbon metabolism. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 89, 19-31.
10.1016/j.postharvbio.2013.11.004
2014 Botwright Acuña, T., Kelder, J., Able, A., Guisard, Y., Bellotti, W., McDonald, G. ... Meinke, H. (2014). Academic, industry and student perspectives on the inclusion of “vocational knowledge” in a ‘learning and teaching academic standards statement’ for agriculture. Journal of Learning Design, 7, 2, 1-15.
10.5204/jld.v7i2.200
2014 Ismail, I., Godfrey, D. & Able, A. (2014). Fungal growth, proteinaceous toxins and virulence of Pyrenophora teres f. teres on barley. Australasian Plant Pathology, 43, 5, 535-546.
10.1007/s13313-014-0295-6
2014 Ismail, I., Godfrey, D. & Able, A. (2014). Proteomic analysis reveals the potential involvement of xylanase from Pyrenophora teres f. teres in net form net blotch disease of barley. Australasian Plant Pathology, 43, 6, 715-726.
10.1007/s13313-014-0314-7
2014 Loveys, B., Kaiser, B., McDonald, G., Kravchuk, O., Gilliham, M., Tyerman, S. & Able, A. (2014). The development of student research skills in second year plant biology. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22, 3, 15-25.
2013 Wan Kamaruddin, W., Able, J., Stangoulis, J. & Able, A. (2013). Proteomic analysis during capsicum ripening reveals differential expression of ACC oxidase isoform 4 and other candidates. Functional Plant Biology, 40, 11, 1115-1128.
10.1071/FP12330
2013 Aizat, W., Able, J., Stangoulis, J. & Able, A. (2013). Characterisation of ethylene pathway components in non-climacteric capsicum. BMC Plant Biology, 13, 191, 1-14.
10.1186/1471-2229-13-191
2013 Le, T., McDonald, G., Scott, E. & Able, A. (2013). Infection pathway of Botrytis cinerea in capsicum fruit (Capsicum annuum L.). Australasian Plant Pathology, 42, 4, 449-459.
10.1007/s13313-013-0204-4
2012 Wong, D. J. C., Ismail, I. A., Godfrey, D. & Able, A. J. (2012). Death by toxin net blotch disease of barley. Microbiology Australia, 33, 1, 34-35.
2012 Kueh, K., McKay, S., Facelli, E., Facelli, J., Velzeboer, R., Able, A. & Scott, E. (2012). Response of selected South Australian native plant species to Phytophthora cinnamomi. Plant Pathology, 61, 6, 1165-1178.
10.1111/j.1365-3059.2012.02593.x
2012 Khoo, K., Able, A. & Able, J. (2012). The isolation and characterisation of the wheat molecular ZIPper I homologue, TaZYP1. BMC Research Notes, 5, 1, 1-13.
10.1186/1756-0500-5-106
2012 Khoo, K., Able, A. & Able, J. (2012). Poor homologous synapsis 1 interacts with chromatin but does not colocalise with ASYnapsis 1 during early meiosis in bread wheat. International Journal of Plant Genomics, 2012, 514398, 1-11.
10.1155/2012/514398
2012 Kabir, A., Paltridge, N., Able, A., Paull, J. & Stangoulis, J. (2012). Natural variation for Fe-efficiency is associated with upregulation of Strategy I mechanisms and enhanced citrate and ethylene synthesis in Pisum sativum L.. Planta, 235, 6, 1409-1419.
10.1007/s00425-011-1583-9
2012 Khoo, K., Able, A., Chataway, T. & Able, J. (2012). Preliminary characterisation of two early meiotic wheat proteins after identification through 2D gel electrophoresis proteomics. Functional Plant Biology, 39, 3, 222-235.
10.1071/FP11253
2010 Lightfoot, D. & Able, A. (2010). Growth of Pyrenophora teres in planta during barley net blotch disease. Australasian Plant Pathology, 39, 6, 499-507.
10.1071/AP10121
2010 Moradinezhad, F., Sedgley, M. & Able, A. (2010). Effect of pre-ripening chilling temperatures on ripening, shelf life and quality of bananas treated with 1-methylcyclopropene. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 45, 2, 312-318.
10.1111/j.1365-2621.2009.02137.x
2009 Sarpeleh, A., Tate, M., Wallwork, H., Catcheside, D. & Able, A. (2009). Characterisation of low molecular weight phytotoxins isolated from Pyrenophora teres. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, 73, 6, 154-162.
10.1016/j.pmpp.2009.05.003
2008 Walker, K., Able, J., Mather, D. & Able, A. (2008). Black point formation in barley: environmental influences and quantitative trait loci. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research, 59, 11, 1021-1029.
10.1071/AR08074
2008 March, T., Able, J., Willsmore, K., Schultz, C. & Able, A. (2008). Comparative mapping of a QTL controlling black point formation in barley. Functional Plant Biology, 35, 5, 427-437.
10.1071/FP08089
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
2008 Sarpeleh, A., Wallwork, H., Tate, M., Catcheside, D. & Able, A. (2008). Initial characterisation of phytotoxic proteins isolated from Pyrenophora teres. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, 72, 1-3, 73-79.
10.1016/j.pmpp.2008.05.003
2008 Moradinezhad, F., Sedgley, M., Klieber, A. & Able, A. (2008). Variability of responses to 1-methylcyclopropene by banana: influence of time of year at harvest and fruit position in the bunch. Annals of Applied Biology, 152, 2, 223-234.
10.1111/j.1744-7348.2007.00206.x
2007 Sarpeleh, A., Wallwork, H., Catcheside, D., Tate, M. & Able, A. (2007). Proteinaceous metabolites from Pyrenophora teres contribute to symptom development of barley net blotch. Phytopathology, 97, 8, 907-915.
10.1094/PHYTO-97-8-0907
2007 Godfrey, D., Able, A. & Dry, I. (2007). Induction of a grapevine germin-like protein (VvGLP3) gene is closely linked to the site of Erysiphe necator infection: A possible role in defense?. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 20, 9, 1112-1125.
10.1094/MPMI-20-9-1112
2007 March, T., Able, J., Schultz, C. & Able, A. (2007). A novel late embryogenesis abundant protein and peroxidase associated with black point in barley grains. Proteomics, 7, 20, 3800-3808.
10.1002/pmic.200700456
2006 Naradisorn, M., Klieber, A., Sedgley, M., Scott, E. & Able, A. (2006). Effect of preharvest calcium application on grey mould development and postharvest quality in strawberries. Acta Horticulturae, 708, 708, 147-150.
10.17660/ActaHortic.2006.708.23
2006 Dunn, J. & Able, A. (2006). Pre-harvest effects on sensory quality and calcium mobility in strawberry fruit. Acta Horticulturae, 708, 708, 307-312.
10.17660/ActaHortic.2006.708.52
2006 Moradinezhad, F., Able, A. & Sedgley, M. (2006). Concentration and duration of ethylene treatment influences the response of banana to 1-methylcyclopropene. Acta Horticulturae, 712, 712, 747-752.
2005 Palmer, S., Scott, E., Stangoulis, J. & Able, A. (2005). The effect of foliar-applied Ca and Si on the severity of powdery mildew in two strawberry cultivars.. Acta Horticulturae, 708, 708, 135-139.
2005 Able, A., Wong, L., Prasad, A. & O'Hare, T. (2005). The physiology of senescence in detached pak choy leaves (Brassica rapa var. chinensis) during storage at different temperatures. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 35, 3, 271-278.
10.1016/j.postharvbio.2004.10.004
2003 Able, A., Wong, L., Prasad, A. & O'Hare, T. (2003). The effects of 1-methylcyclopropene on the shelf life of minimally processed leafy asian vegetables. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 27, 2, 157-161.
10.1016/S0925-5214(02)00093-5
2003 Able, A., Sutherland, M. & Guest, D. (2003). Production of reactive oxygen species during non-specific elicitation, non-host resistance and field resistance expression in cultured tobacco cells. Functional Plant Biology, 30, 1, 91-99.
10.1071/FP02123
2003 Able, A. (2003). Role of reactive oxygen species in the response of barley to necrotrophic pathogens. Protoplasma, 221, 1-2, 137-143.
10.1007/s00709-002-0064-1
2002 Able, A., Wong, L., Prasad, A. & O'Hare, T. (2002). 1-MCP is more effective on a floral brassica (Brassica oleracea var. italica L.) than a leafy brassica (Brassica rapa var. chinensis). Postharvest Biology and Technology, 26, 2, 147-155.
10.1016/S0925-5214(02)00011-X
2001 Able, A., Guest, D. & Sutherland, M. (2001). Relationship between transmembrane ion movements, production of reactive oxygen species and the hypersensitive response during the challenge of tobacco suspension cells by zoospores of Phytophthora nicotianae. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, 58, 5, 189-198.
10.1006/pmpp.2001.0328
2000 Able, A., Guest, D. & Sutherland, M. (2000). Hydrogen peroxide yields during the incompatible interaction of tobacco suspension cells inoculated with Phytophthora nicotianae. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 124, 2, 899-910.
10.1104/pp.124.2.899
1998 Able, A., Guest, D. & Sutherland, M. (1998). Use of a new tetrazolium-based assay to study the production of superoxide radicals by tobacco cell cultures challenged with avirulent zoospores of Phytophthora parasitica var nicotianae. Plant Physiology, 117, 2, 491-499.
10.1104/pp.117.2.491

Books

Year Citation
2016 T. Botwright Acuna & A. Able (Eds.) (2016). Good Practice Guide: threshold learning outcomes for agriculture. Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (AgLTAS).
2014 Botwright Acuna, T., Able, A. J., Kelder, J., Bobbi, P., Guisard, Y., Bellotti, W. ... Meinke, H. (2014). Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement for Agriculture. Sydney, Australia:
2009 Joyce, D., Able, A., Cover, M. & D'arcy, B. (2009). Perfume and consumer acceptability of cut Ptilotus flowers. Australia: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2016 Loveys, B. R., Riggs, K. M. & Able, A. J. (2016). Threshold Learning Outcome 2: Knowledge of Agriculture. In T. L. Botwright Acuña & A. J. Able (Eds.), Good Practice Guide: Threshold Learning Outcomes for Agriculture (pp. 25-53). Sydney, Australia: Australian Government Office for Learning & Teaching.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2013 Das, S., Wallwork, H., Linde, C., Ismail, I. A. & Able, A. J. (2013). Characterisation of toxins from Pyrenophora teres in net form net blotch disease. The 16th Australian Barley Technical Symposium. Melbourne.
2013 Ismail, I. A., Godfrey, D. & Able, A. J. (2013). Fungal growth and proteinaceous toxins in net blotch disease of barley. The 16th Australian Barley Technical Symposium (ABT 13). Melbourne, Vic..
2010 Moradinezhad, F., Klieber, A., Able, A. & Sedgley, M. (2010). Timing of 1-methylcyclopropene exposure in relation to ethylene application influences shelf life of cavendish bananas. VI International Postharvest Symposium. Antalya, Turkey.
10.17660/ActaHortic.2010.877.36
2010 Moradinezhad, F., Klieber, A., Able, A. & Sedgley, M. (2010). Effect of ripening temperatures on shelf life and quality of partially ripened 1-MCP-treated bananas. VI International Postharvest Symposium. M. Erkan & U. Aksoy (Eds.) Antalya, Turkey.
2005 Hadaway, T., Roumeliotis, S., Collins, H. & Able, A. (2005). Black point of barley: Is grain quality affected?. Australian Barley Technical Symposium. Hobart, Tasmania.
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.
2005 March, T., Schultz, C., Able, J. & Able, A. (2005). Finding proteins involved with black point of barley using proteomics. Australian Barley Technical Symposium (Hobart, Tasmania). Hobart, Tasmania.
2005 Hadaway, T., Roumeliotis, S., Collins, H. & Able, A. (2005). Black point of barley: doesn’t mean Guinness!. Australian Barley Technical Symposium. Hobart, Tasmania.
2004 March, T., Lahnstein, J., Schultz, C., Able, J. & Able, A. (2004). Using a proteomics approach to unravel the biochemical mechanisms of barley black point symptom development. ComBio. Perth.
2004 Hadaway, T., Collins, H. & Able, A. (2004). Black Point of Barley: A Possible Enzymatic Browning Reaction. International Barley Genetics Symposium (20-26 June Brno, Czech Republic). Brno, Czech Republic.
2003 Hadaway, T., March, T. & Able, A. (2003). The involvement of peroxidases in the formation of black point in barley. Australian Barley Technical Symposium Conference. Hobart, Tasmania.
2003 Able, A. (2003). Role of reactive oxygen species in the response of barley to necrotrophic pathogens. 6th International Conference on Plasma Membrane Redox Systems and Their Role in Biological Stress and Disease. RAVENNA, ITALY.
10.1007/s007069-002-0064-1
2001 O'Hare, T., Able, A., Wong, L., Prasad, A. & McLauchlan, R. (2001). Fresh-cut Asian vegetables - Pak choi as a model leafy vegetable. Postharvest handling of fresh vegetables: workshop (9-11 May, 2001: Beijing, People's Republic of China). Beijing, China.
2001 O'Hare, T., Wong, L., Prasad, A. & Able, A. (2001). Impact of exogenous and endogenous factors on the shelf-life of fresh-cut leafy Asian vegetables. 4th International Conference on Postharvest Science. R. BenArie & S. PhilosophHadas (Eds.) JERUSALEM, ISRAEL.
10.17660/ActaHortic.2001.553.170
2000 O'Hare, T., Wong, L., Prasad, A. & Able, A. (2000). Atmosphere modification extends the postharvest shelf-life of fresh-cut leafy Asian Brassicas. 3rd International Symposium on Brassicas/12th Crucifer Genetics Workshop. G. King (Ed.) WELLESBOURNE, ENGLAND.
10.17660/ActaHortic.2000.539.12

Conference Items

Year Citation
2013 Able, A., Walker, D. & Conran, J. G. (2013). Interactive e-learning resources for development of diagnostic abilities in the plant sciences.
2004 Smart, A., Bray, H., McLean, M. & Able, A. (2004). Grain growers' perspectives on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). International Crop Science Congress. Brisbane, Australia.

Original Creative Works

Year Citation
2009 Able, A. J., Coombe, L., Bray, H., McDiarmid, L. & Pettman, T., (2009). Introduction to Molecular Techniques: Theory and Practice - an Educational DVD, Australia,

Datasets

Year Citation
2015 Liu, H., Searle, I., Watson-Haigh, , Baumann, , Mather, D. E., Able, A. J. & Able, J. A.; (2015); Genome-wide identification of differentially expressed microRNAs in leaves and the developing head of four durum genotypes during water deficit stress;

We currently have funding from the Grains Research and Development Corporation and the Office for Learning and Teaching

Undergraduate teaching includes courses as diverse as Biology I, Plant Health, Foundations in Plant Science, and Plant Biotechnology. At a postgraduate level, I teach and coordinate Foundations in Plant Biotechnology and Research Concepts in Plant Biotechnology. 

I am passionate about educating the next generation of scientists and was awarded the Executive Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005, the Australian Society of Plant Scientists Teaching Award in 2009 and was the Education and Training Program Leader within the Molecular Plant Breeding CRC from 2003 to 2008.

I am also part of the AgLTAS team that has developed the national Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) for Agriculture, recently endorsed by the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture (see www.agltas.edu.au).

I am currently the supervisor of one PhD student in my laboratory and have had seventeen PhD students and one Masters student successfully graduate since 2002. For Honours students completed under my supervision, I have had eleven students with first class Honours and eight with a higher second class. I have also supervised the project of a course-work Graduate Diploma student to completion.

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2009 - 2012 Associate Editor Australasian Plant Pathology
2002 - 2009 Board Member Annals of Applied Biology

Offices Held

Date Office Name Institution Country
2015 - 2016 Associate Dean (Curriculum) Faculty of Sciences, The University of Adelaide
2013 - 2015 Vice-President Australasian Plant Pathology Society
2011 - 2014 Associate Dean (Undergraduate Experience) Faculty of Sciences, University of Adelaide
2010 - 2012 Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching) School of Agriculture, Food & Wine, The University of Adelaide
2002 - 2008 Education and Training Program Leader Molecular Plant Breeding CRC
Position
Professor in Plant Science
Phone
83137245
Fax
8313 7109
Campus
Waite
Building
Waite Building
Room Number
GN 12
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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