Professor Amanda Able
I lead a research team internationally recognised for its work in understanding plant-pathogen interactions and postharvest physiology. I have been competitively awarded funds worth more than 8.8 million dollars since joining UA in 2001. As of November 2017, 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
|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|
|2015||Award||University of Southern Queensland Research and Alumnus of the Year 2015|
|2009||Award||Australian Society of Plant Scientists Teaching Prize|
|2006||Award||Cooperative Research Centre Association Excellence and Innovation in Education Award|
|2006||Award||South Australian Tall Poppy of the Year|
|2006 - 2007||Award||South Australian Young Tall Poppy|
|2006 - 2007||Nomination||Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting the Understanding of Science|
|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|
|2005||Award||Faculty of Sciences Excellence in Teaching Prize 2005|
|1999||Award||Australasian Plant Pathology Society llen Kerr Prize|
|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|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|2017||Lightfoot, D., Rd McGrann, G. & Able, A. (2017). The role of a cytosolic superoxide dismutase in barley-pathogen interactions. Molecular plant pathology, 18, 3, 323-335.
|2016||Ismail, I. & Able, A. (2016). Secretome analysis of virulent Pyrenophora teres f. teres isolates. Proteomics, 16, 20, 2625-2636.
|2016||Liu, H., Able, A. & Able, J. (2016). SMARTER De-Stressed Cereal Breeding. Trends in Plant Science, 21, 11, 909-925.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|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.
|2010||Lightfoot, D. & Able, A. (2010). Growth of Pyrenophora teres in planta during barley net blotch disease. Australasian Plant Pathology, 39, 6, 499-507.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|2006||Dunn, J. & Able, A. (2006). Pre-harvest effects on sensory quality and calcium mobility in strawberry fruit. Acta Horticulturae, 708, 708, 307-312.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|2003||Able, A. (2003). Role of reactive oxygen species in the response of barley to necrotrophic pathogens. Protoplasma, 221, 1-2, 137-143.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.
|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||Hadaway, T., Roumeliotis, S., Collins, H. & Able, A. (2005). Black point of barley: doesn’t mean Guinness!. Australian Barley Technical Symposium. 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.|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|2017||Aizat, W., Dias, D. A., Stangoulis, J. C. R., Able, J. A., Roessner, U. & Able, A. J. (2017). When Ripening Meets Proteomics and Metabolomics: A Capsicum case study. Third International Conference on Crop Improvement 2017: CROP INNOVATIONS FOR THE HEALTH OF THE POPULATION & PLANET. Malaysia.|
|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.|
|2009||Able, A. J., Coombe, L., Bray, H., McDiarmid, L. & Pettman, T., (2009). Introduction to Molecular Techniques: Theory and Practice - an Educational DVD, Australia,|
|2016||Liu, H.; (2016); Genome-wide characterisation of microRNAs and their target genes in different durum wheat genotypes under water limiting conditions;|
|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 and two Honours students 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 nine with a higher second class. I have also supervised the project of a course-work Graduate Diploma student to completion.
|2017 - ongoing||Chair||Ag Education Symposium|
|Date||Role||Editorial Board Name||Country|
|2009 - 2012||Associate Editor||Australasian Plant Pathology|
|2002 - 2009||Board Member||Annals of Applied Biology|
|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|