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.
*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
|2004||Research Fellow||University of Adelaide|
|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|
|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.|
|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.|
|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).
|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.|
|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
Notes: Migrated record 20140814
Record created at source: 14 August 2014
|2010||Wu, J. (2010). The effects of selenomethionine and wheat fortified with selenium on DNA damage and cell death in human lymphocytes. (PhD Thesis).|
|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|
|2014 - ongoing||Member||World Public health Nutrition Association|
|1997 - ongoing||Member||Australian Centre for Nutritional and Environmental Medicine||Australia|