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Dr Graham Lyons

Graham Lyons
Research Associate
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

Grew up in Adelaide. Obtained B Agric Sci degree (University of Adelaide) in 1975. Spent 1980-1983 working on an agricultural development program in the Solomon Islands, and 1984-1997 operating a family agribusiness in SA (beef cattle, sheep, cereal crops), including the successful "Glen Bold" Angus stud. In the 1990s co-authored seven books, mostly on global environmental, agricultural, population, economic and health issues.
Obtained Master of Public Health degree (University of Adelaide, majoring in epidemiology and nutrition) in 2000, and a PhD (University of Adelaide, GRDC funded) in 2004. Title: High-selenium wheat: Biofortification for better health. An outcome of this research was the development and marketing of three innovative food products.
My background has formed my focus on applied research which can benefit producers and consumers in a timely manner. In order to overcome widespread nutrient/micronutrient deficiencies, it is necessary to move beyond production of food crops with yield as the sole focus, toward a "food system" paradigm based on sustainable provision of nutritious food to optimise human and animal health.
From 2006-2010 I managed the HarvestPlus Food Systems program (funded by the World Bank, USAID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). This program included the following projects:
*Agronomic biofortification, soil fertility and crop variety trials in a micronutrient-deficient region of Shaanxi province, Central China.
*An orange-fleshed sweet potato program in Solomon Islands and PNG to raise vitamin A status (funded by ACIAR and HarvestPlus. See www.aciar.gov.au/node/11984 ).
*Preliminary investigation of potential trial sites for a food systems proof-of-concept trial in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi), which involved the collection and analysis of plant tissues of important food crops.
*Agronomic biofortification field trials with cassava in Colombia, South America, in collaboration with the International Centre of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).
*A pig feeding trial to investigate the effect of the carotenoid, lutein on bioavailability of dietary iron.
My other interests include physical fitness, nutrition, classical music, evolution and travel.
Research Interests
*Screening cereals for sodium accumulation and tolerance (sodicity & salinity research)
*Agronomic biofortification of food crops with micronutrients to reduce human and animal malnutrition and disease
*Investigating beneficial effects of selenium in plants
*Establishment and management of international agricultural and health programs. I am currently involved in an ACIAR-funded program: imports & trials of nutritious leafy vegetables for Kiribati & Tuvalu, Pacific Is.
*Epidemiology of chronic diseases
*Development of functional foods
*Development of novel "nutritherapies" for viral diseases and cancer

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Dr Graham Lyons

Grew up in Adelaide. Obtained B Agric Sci degree (University of Adelaide) in 1975. Spent 1980-1983 working on an agricultural development program in the Solomon Islands, and 1984-1997 operating a family agribusiness in SA (beef cattle, sheep, cereal crops), including the successful "Glen Bold" Angus stud. In the 1990s co-authored seven books, mostly on global environmental, agricultural, population, economic and health issues.
Obtained Master of Public Health degree (University of Adelaide, majoring in epidemiology and nutrition) in 2000, and a PhD (University of Adelaide, GRDC funded) in 2004. Title: High-selenium wheat: Biofortification for better health. An outcome of this research was the development and marketing of three innovative food products.
My background has formed my focus on applied research which can benefit producers and consumers in a timely manner. In order to overcome widespread nutrient/micronutrient deficiencies, it is necessary to move beyond production of food crops with yield as the sole focus, toward a "food system" paradigm based on sustainable provision of nutritious food to optimise human and animal health.
From 2006-2010 I managed the HarvestPlus Food Systems program (funded by the World Bank, USAID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). This program included the following projects:
*Agronomic biofortification, soil fertility and crop variety trials in a micronutrient-deficient region of Shaanxi province, Central China.
*An orange-fleshed sweet potato program in Solomon Islands and PNG to raise vitamin A status (funded by ACIAR and HarvestPlus. See www.aciar.gov.au/node/11984 ).
*Preliminary investigation of potential trial sites for a food systems proof-of-concept trial in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi), which involved the collection and analysis of plant tissues of important food crops.
*Agronomic biofortification field trials with cassava in Colombia, South America, in collaboration with the International Centre of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).
*A pig feeding trial to investigate the effect of the carotenoid, lutein on bioavailability of dietary iron.
My other interests include physical fitness, nutrition, classical music, evolution and travel.
Research Interests
*Screening cereals for sodium accumulation and tolerance (sodicity & salinity research)
*Agronomic biofortification of food crops with micronutrients to reduce human and animal malnutrition and disease
*Investigating beneficial effects of selenium in plants
*Establishment and management of international agricultural and health programs. I am currently involved in an ACIAR-funded program: imports & trials of nutritious leafy vegetables for Kiribati & Tuvalu, Pacific Is.
*Epidemiology of chronic diseases
*Development of functional foods
*Development of novel "nutritherapies" for viral diseases and cancer

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2004 Research Fellow University of Adelaide

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2001 - 2004 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
1998 - 2000 The University of Adelaide Australia Master of Public Health
1972 - 1975 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Agricultural Science

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2016 Genc, Y., Oldach, K., Taylor, J., & Lyons, G. (2016). Uncoupling of sodium and chloride to assist breeding for salinity tolerance in crops. New Phytologist, 210(1), 145-156.
DOI Scopus10 WoS7 Europe PMC6
2016 Lyons, G., & Genc, Y. (2016). Commercial Humates in Agriculture: Real Substance or Smoke and Mirrors?. Agronomy, 6(4), 8 pages.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2015 Duxbury, J., Lyons, G., & Bruulsema, T. (2015). Human health depends on soil nutrients. Better Crops with Plant Food, 99(1), 7-9.
2015 Mao, H., Wang, Z., & Lyons, G. (2015). Germination-enhancing and zinc-sparing roles for selenium in broccoli. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica Section B: Soil and Plant Science, 65(2), 141-149.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2
2015 Taylor, M., Kambuou, R., Lyons, G., Hunter, D., Morgan, E., Quartermain, A., . . . Tuia, V. (2015). Realizing the potential of indigenous vegetables through improved germplasm information and seed systems. Acta Horticulturae, 1102(1102), 29-41.
DOI Scopus2
2015 Lyons, G., Goebel, R., Tikai, P., Stanley, K., & Taylor, M. (2015). Promoting nutritious leafy vegetables in the Pacific and northern Australia. Acta Horticulturae, 1102(1102), 253-259.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2014 Lyons, G. H. (2014). Selenium needed for Ebola treatment?. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, 14(7), 1-4.
2014 Lyons, G. H. (2014). Vitamin A. "Why weren't we told this long ago?". World Nutrition, 5, 1125-1126.
2014 Mao, H., Wang, J., Wang, Z., Zan, Y., Lyons, G., & Zou, C. (2014). Using agronomic biofortification to boost zinc, selenium, and iodine concentrations of food crops grown on the loess plateau in China. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 14(2), 459-470.
DOI Scopus20 WoS20
2014 Arsil, P., Li, E., Bruwer, J., & Lyons, G. (2014). Exploring consumer motivations towards buying local fresh food products a means-end chain approach. British Food Journal, 116(10), 1533-1549.
DOI Scopus13 WoS9
2013 Saraswati, P., Soplanit, A., Syahputra, A., Kossay, L., Muid, N., Ginting, E., & Lyons, G. (2013). Yield trial and sensory evaluation of sweetpotato cultivars in Highland Papua and West Papua Indonesia. Journal of Tropical Agriculture, 51(1-2), 74-83.
Scopus3
2011 Tavakkoli, E., Lyons, G., English, P., & Guppy, C. (2011). Silicon nutrition of rice is affected by soil pH, weathering and silicon fertilisation. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science-Zzeitschrift fur Pflanzenernahrung und Bodenkunde, 174(3), 437-446.
DOI Scopus21 WoS21
2010 Englberger, L., Lyons, G., Foley, W., Daniells, J., Aalbersberg, W., Dolodolotawake, U., . . . Taylor, M. (2010). Carotenoid and riboflavin content of banana cultivars from Makira, Solomon Islands. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 23(6), 624-632.
DOI WoS18
2010 Lyons, G. (2010). Selenium in cereals: improving the efficiency of agronomic biofortification in the UK. Plant and Soil, 332(1-2), 1-4.
DOI Scopus24 WoS23
2009 Wu, J., Salisbury, C., Graham, R., Lyons, G., & Fenech, M. (2009). Increased consumption of wheat biofortified with selenium does not modify biomarkers of cancer risk, oxidative stress, or immune function in healthy Australian males. Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, 50(6), 489-501.
DOI Scopus26 WoS23 Europe PMC15
2009 Wu, J., Lyons, G., Graham, R., & Fenech, M. (2009). The effect of selenium, as selenomethionine, on genome stability and cytotoxicity in human lymphocytes measured using the cytokinesis-block micronucleus cytome assay. Mutagenesis, 24(3), 225-232.
DOI Scopus31 WoS23 Europe PMC21
2009 Lyons, G., Genc, Y., Soole, K., Stangoulis, J., Liu, F., & Graham, R. (2009). Selenium increases seed production in Brassica. Plant and Soil, 318(1-2), 73-80.
DOI Scopus85 WoS75
2009 Wu, J., Lyons, G., Graham, R., & Fenech, M. (2009). IMPROVED SELENIUM STATUS BY CONSUMPTION OF WHEAT BIOFORTIFIED WITH SELENIUM DOES NOT MODIFY DNA DAMAGE IN HEALTHY AUSTRALIAN MEN. ANNALS OF NUTRITION AND METABOLISM, 55, 376.
2008 Kirby, J., Lyons, G., & Karkkainen, M. (2008). Selenium speciation and bioavailability in biofortified products using species-unspecific isotope dilution and reverse phase ion paidng-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 56(5), 1772-1779.
DOI Scopus37 WoS37 Europe PMC11
2007 Haug, A., Graham, R., Christophersen, O., & Lyons, G. (2007). How to use the world's scarce selenium resources efficiently to increase the selenium concentration in food. Microbial Ecology in Health & Disease, 19(4), 209-228.
DOI
2007 Dunstan, J., Breckler, L., Hale, J., Lehmann, H., Franklin, P., Lyons, G., . . . Prescott, S. (2007). Supplementation with vitamins C, E, β-carotene and selenium has no effect on anti-oxidant status and immune responses in allergic adults: a randomized controlled trial. Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 37(2), 180-187.
DOI
2005 Lyons, G., Stangoulis, J., & Graham, R. (2005). Tolerance of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) to high soil and solution selenium levels. Plant and Soil, 270(1), 179-188.
DOI
2005 Lyons, G., Judson, G., Ortiz-Monasterio, I., Genc, Y., Stangoulis, J., & Graham, R. (2005). Selenium in Australia: Selenium status and biofortification of wheat for better health. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, 19(1), 75-82.
DOI
2005 Lyons, G., Ortiz-Monasterio, I., Stangoulis, J., & Graham, R. (2005). Selenium concentration in wheat grain: Is there sufficient genotypic variation to use in breeding?. Plant and Soil, 269(1-2), 369-380.
DOI
2005 Genc, Y., Humphries, J., Lyons, G., & Graham, R. (2005). Exploiting genotypic variation in plant nutrient accumulation to alleviate micronutrient deficiency in populations. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, 18(4), 319-324.
DOI
2005 Lyons, G., Genc, Y., Stangoulis, J., Palmer, L., & Graham, R. (2005). Selenium distribution in wheat grain, and the effect of postharvest processing on wheat selenium content. Biological Trace Element Research, 103(2), 155-168.
DOI Scopus43 WoS41 Europe PMC16
2004 Lyons, G., Lewis, J., Lorimer, M., Holloway, R., Brace, D., Stangoulis, J., & Graham, R. (2004). High-selenium wheat: agronomic biofortification strategies to improve human nutrition. International Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment, 2(1), 171-178.
2004 Lyons, G., Stangoulis, J., & Graham, R. (2004). Exploiting micronutrient interaction to optimize biofortification programs: the case for inclusion of selenium and iodine in the HarvestPlus program. Nutrition Reviews, 62(6), 247-252.
DOI
2004 Lyons, G., Judson, G., Stangoulis, J., Palmer, L., Jones, J., & Graham, R. (2004). Trends in selenium status of South Australians. Medical Journal of Australia, 180(8), 383-386.
Scopus33 WoS30 Europe PMC11
2003 Lyons, G., Stangoulis, J., & Graham, R. (2003). High-selenium wheat: biofortification for better health. Nutrition Research Reviews, 16(1), 45-60.
DOI
2003 Lyons, G., Stangoulis, J., & Graham, R. (2003). Nutriprevention of disease with high-selenium wheat. Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, 22(3), 3-9.

Book Chapters

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2016 Mao, H., Lyons, G., & Wang, Z. (2016). Using agronomic biofortification to reduce micronutrient deficiency in food crops on loess soil in China. In G. Banuelos, Z. Lin, M. DeMoraes, L. Guilherme, & A. DosReis (Eds.), Global Advances in Selenium Research from Theory to Application - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Selenium in the Environment and Human Health, 2015 (pp. 163-164). Sao Paulo, BRAZIL: CRC PRESS-TAYLOR & FRANCIS GROUP.
WoS1
2016 Ortiz-Monasterio, I., Cárdenas, M., & Lyons, G. (2016). Biofortification of irrigated wheat with se fertilizer: Timing, rate, method and type of wheat. In G. Banuelos, Z. Lin, M. DeMoraes, L. Guilherme, & A. DosReis (Eds.), Global Advances in Selenium Research from Theory to Application - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Selenium in the Environment and Human Health, 2015 (pp. 167-168). Sao Paulo, BRAZIL: CRC PRESS-TAYLOR & FRANCIS GROUP.
WoS1
2014 Lyons, G., Gondwe, C., Bañuelos, G., Zambrano, M., Haug, A., & Christophersen, O. (2014). Drumming up selenium and sulphur in Africa: Improving nutrition with Moringa oleifera. In Selenium in the Environment and Human Health - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Selenium in the Environment and Human Health (pp. 91-92).
Scopus2
2009 Lyons, G. (2009). Production of selenium-biofortified cereal products. In Selenium Deficiency Toxicity and Biofortification for Human Health (pp. 75-76). China: China Press.
2009 Wu, J., Lyons, G., Graham, R., & Fenech, M. (2009). Improved selenium status by consumption of wheat biofortified with selenium does not modify DNA. In Selenium Deficiency Toxicity and Biofortification for Human Health (pp. 29-30). China: China Press.
2006 Gibson, C., Park, Y., Myoung, K., Suh, M., McArthur, T., Lyons, G., & Stewart, A. (2006). The Bio-fortification of Barley with Selenium. In Brewing and distilling : a common heritage. Proceedings of the convention of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling, Asia Pacific Section [electronic resource] (pp. 14 p (14 pages)). Hobart, Tasmania: Leishman Associates.

NHMRC Endorsed Guidelines

Year Citation
2006 Publication status: Published
Title: Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand Including Recommended Dietary Intakes
Authors: Baghurst K, Clifton P, Fenech M, Howe P, Makrides M, Noakes M, Nordin B, Lyons G
Pagination: 0 pages
Publication date: 2006
Language: en
Notes: Migrated record 20140814
Verification-status: Verified
Record created at source: 14 August 2014

Theses

Year Citation
2010 Wu, J. (2010). The effects of selenomethionine and wheat fortified with selenium on DNA damage and cell death in human lymphocytes. (PhD Thesis).

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2013 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Consumers' purchasing motives of local foods in Indonesia: A means-end chain approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Poppy Arsil
2009 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Stability and Esterification of Lutein in Bread Wheat During Post Harvest Storage in Comparison with Banana Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Fauziah Tufail Ahmad
2004 - 2010 Principal Supervisor The Effects of Selenomethionine and Wheat Biofortified with Selenium on DNA Damage and Cell Death in Human Lymphocytes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Jing Wu

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2011 - ongoing Advisory Board Member International Society for Selenium Research United States

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2014 - ongoing Member World Public health Nutrition Association
1997 - ongoing Member Australian Centre for Nutritional and Environmental Medicine Australia
Position
Research Associate
Phone
83136533
Fax
8313 7109
Campus
Waite
Building
Waite Building, floor LG
Room Number
LG 11
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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