Dr Ian Dundas

Ian Dundas
Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

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Dr Ian Dundas

Ian is originally an agricultural science graduate of the University of Queensland and investigated the Cytogenetics and crossability of the pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan) with its wild Australian relatives in Atylosia for his PhD. He then spent 2 years as an International Intern at ICRISAT in India.

Since the early 1990s he has been producing rust resistant wheat lines with shortened alien chromosome fragments by non-GM methods and providing them to wheat breeding programs. Together with Dawn Verlin, he is searching the wild relatives of wheat in the genera Triticum, Aegilops, Thinopyrum and Amblyopyrum for new resistance genes against stem, leaf and stripe rusts and providing them in suitable forms to wheat breeding programs around Australia and the World.  This research involves assessing genetic stocks generously provided by overseas donors, isolating the resistance gene to an alien chromosome, and transferring the alien chromosome segment carrying the resistance gene to a wheat chromosome by chromosome engineering.

Our research is part of the Australian Cereal Rust Control Program which also comprises the following institutions:

University of Sydney, Plant Breeding Institute: http://sydney.edu.au/agriculture/plant_breeding_institute/

CSIRO Agriculture: http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/AF/Areas/Plant-Science/Plant-diseases/Cereal-rusts

CIMMYT: http://www.cimmyt.org/

A listing of our research outputs of wheat lines carrying whole alien chromosomes or inserted alien chromosome segments with disease resistance genes are listed at the following link: http://www.agwine.adelaide.edu.au/research/germplasm/

  • International Collaborations: Rust Research

The Cereal Cytogenetics Laboratory has recently been privileged to be part of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (http://www.globalrust.org/). The BGRI has undertaken a World-wide project to produce durable resistant wheat cultivars against pathotypes of the stem rust originally known as Ug99 (now TTKSK and 12 other related races).  Our stem rust resistant lines have been shared with wheat breeding programmes in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay, South Africa, Kenya, United Kingdom, Hungary, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, India, China and Indonesia with the goal of protecting wheat crops from stem rust and ensuring the food supply of the World’s poorest people.

We are currently actively collaborating with researchers at the John Innes Centre (UK) on resistance gene cloning, and also with the University of Electronic Science and Technology (Chengdu, China), Sichuan Agricultural University (Chengdu, China) and Shandong Academy of Agricultural Science (Jinan, China) on marker development and chromosome engineering.

  • National Collaborations: Rust Research in Wheat
    • Professor Robert Park, University of Sydney, Plant Breeding Institute, Cobbitty
    • Dr Peng Zhang, University of Sydney, Plant Breeding Institute, Cobbitty
    • Dr Harbans Bariana, University of Sydney, Plant Breeding Institute, Cobbitty
    • Drs Rohit Mago, CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra
    • Dr Hugh Wallwork and team, SARDI, Waite Campus


Date Institution name Country Title
University of Queensland Australia M.Agr.Sc.
University of Queensland Australia Ph.D.
University of Queensland Australia B.Agr.Sc. (Hons)


Year Citation
2013 Yang, S., Habili, N., Aoda, A., Dundas, I., Paull, J. & Randles, J. (2013). Three group 16SrII phytoplasma variants detected in co-located pigeonpea, lucerne and tree medic in South Australia. Australasian Plant Disease Notes, 8, 1, 125-129.
2013 Mujeeb-Kazi, A., Kazi, A., Dundas, I., Rasheed, A., Ogbonnaya, F., Kishii, M. ... Farrakh, S. (2013). Genetic diversity for wheat improvement as a conduit to food security. Advances in Agronomy, 122, 179-257.
2013 Mago, R., Verlin, D., Zhang, P., Bansal, U., Bariana, H., Jin, Y. ... Dundas, I. (2013). Development of wheat-Aegilops speltoides recombinants and simple PCR-based markers for Sr32 and a new stem rust resistance gene on the 2S#1 chromosome. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 126, 12, 2943-2955.
2010 Aung, T., Zwer, P., Park, R., Davies, P., Sidhu, P. & Dundas, I. (2010). Hybrids of Avena sativa with two diploid wild oats (CIav6956) and (CIav7233) resistant to crown rust. Euphytica, 174, 2, 189-198.
2010 Wang, Y. J., Nair, R., Mu, C. S. & Dundas, I. (2010). Floral morphology and pollination system in the native Australian perennial pasture legume Cullen australasicum (syn. Psoralea australasica). Crop and Pasture Science, 61, 12, 1001-1008.
2009 Mago, R., Zhang, P., Bariana, H., Verlin, D., Bansal, U., Ellis, J. & Dundas, I. (2009). Development of wheat lines carrying stem rust resistance gene Sr39 with reduced Aegilops speltoides chromatin and simple PCR markers for marker-assisted selection. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 119, 8, 1441-1450.
2008 Nair, R., Peck, D., Dundas, I., Samac, D., Moore, A. & Randles, J. (2008). Morphological characterisation and genetic analysis of a bi-pistil mutant ( bip ) in Medicago truncatula Gaertn.. Sexual Plant Reproduction, 21, 2, 133-141.
2008 Anugrahwati, D., Shepherd, K., Verlin, D., Zhang, P., Mirzaghaderi, G., Walker, E. ... Dundas, I. (2008). Isolation of wheat-rye 1RS recombinants that break the linkage between the stem rust resistance gene SrR and secalin. Genome, 51, 5, 341-349.
2007 Nair, R., Peck, D., Rowe, T., Dundas, I. & Dowling, K. (2007). Breeding system in Trifolium glanduliferum (Fabaceae). New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, 50, 4, 451-456.
2007 Dundas, I., Anugrahwati, D., Verlin, D., Park, R., Bariana, H., Mago, R. & Islam, A. (2007). New sources of rust resistance from alien species: meliorating linked defects and discovery. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research, 58, 6, 545-549.
2006 Leach, R. & Dundas, I. (2006). Single nucleotide polymorphic marker enabling rapid and early screening for the homoeolocus of β-amylase-R1: a gene linked to copper efficiency on 5RL. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 113, 2, 301-307.
2006 Dundas, I., Nair, R. & Verlin, D. (2006). First report of meiotic chromosome number and karyotype analysis of an accession of Trigonella balansae (Leguminosae). New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, 49, 1, 55-58.
2006 Leach, R., Dundas, I. & Houben, A. (2006). Construction of comparative genetic maps of two 4Bs.4Bl-5Rl translocations in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Genome, 49, 7, 729-734.
2005 Mago, R., Bariana, H., Dundas, I., Spielmeyer, W., Lawrence, G., Pryor, A. & Ellis, J. (2005). Development of PCR markers for the selection of wheat stem rust resistance genes Sr24 and Sr26 in diverse wheat germplasm. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 111, 3, 496-504.
2004 Nair, R., Dundas, I., Blesing, M., Verlin, D., Waterhouse, L. & Dowling, K. (2004). Breeding system in a population of Trigonella balansae (Leguminosae). Annals of Botany, 94, 6, 883-888.
2001 Dundas, I., Frappell, D., Denton, D. & Fisher, J. (2001). Deletion mapping of a nematode resistance gene on rye chromosome 6R in wheat. Crop Science, 41, 6, 1771-1778.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2015 Zhang, P., Dundas, I. S., McIntosh, R. A., Xu, S. S., Park, R. F., Gill, B. S. & Friebe, B. (2015). Wheat– aegilops introgressions. In M. Molnar-Lang, C. Ceoloni & J. Dolezel (Eds.), Alien Introgression in Wheat: Cytogenetics, Molecular Biology, and Genomics (pp. 221-243). Switzerland: Springer.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2004 Dundas, I., Verlin, D., Park, R., Bariana, H., Anugrahwati, D., Shepherd, K. ... Islam, A. (2004). Progress in development of new rust resistant wheat using chromosomes from uncultivated relatives. Assembly of the Wheat Breeding Society of Australia. Canberra, Australia.
2001 Dundas, I., Bariana, H., Park, R., Islam, A., McIntosh, R. & Shepherd, K. (2001). New rust resistance genes for wheat improvement. Wheat Breeding Society of Australia. Assembly (10th: 2001). Mildura, Victoria, Australia.

GRDC funded project UA00141- Advancement of new stem genes for stem and leaf rust resistance from uncultivated relatives of wheat.

Postdoctoral Fellow
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