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Associate Professor Jason Able

Jason Able
Head - Department of Agricultural Science
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

Jason is Head, Department of Agricultural Science and also leads the southern node of the national breeding program - Durum Breeding Australia.

Jason's other research interests centre on micro RNAs (miRNAs) and their role in enhancing crop productivity (through either stress adaptation and/or reproductive fitness); and understanding the molecular mechanisms that control meiosis in bread and durum wheat.

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Associate Professor Jason Able

Jason is Head, Department of Agricultural Science and also leads the southern node of the national breeding program - Durum Breeding Australia.

Jason's other research interests centre on micro RNAs (miRNAs) and their role in enhancing crop productivity (through either stress adaptation and/or reproductive fitness); and understanding the molecular mechanisms that control meiosis in bread and durum wheat.

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.

The durum wheat breeding program at the Waite (Durum Breeding Australia - Southern Node) is focussed on developing new durum wheat varieties for our ever-changing environments and an ever-expanding market. This program is a joint initiative between the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GDRC), NSW DPI, and the University of Adelaide. Jason released his first variety in 2014 (DBA-Aurora), while he played an important role in also releasing WID802 and Yawa (both 2012). Jason and his team have developed excellent collaborative linkages with Professor Diane Mather (University of Adelaide), Professor Amanda Able (University of Adelaide), Dr Mike Sissons (NSW DPI), Professor Graham Moore (John Innes Centre, UK), and Professor Sanjay Kapoor (University of Delhi South Campus, India). Jason is actively engaged with durum stakeholders across Australia. Key stakeholders include Durum Growers, Southern Australia Durum Growers Association (SADGA), GRDC, SAGIT, San Remo Macaroni Pty Ltd, MAURI anz, Mellco, Glencore and AMPS Agribusiness.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2016 Associate Professor in Plant Breeding (Continuing) University of Adelaide
2013 - 2015 Senior Lecturer in Plant Breeding (Continuing) University of Adelaide
2010 - 2012 Lecturer in Plant Breeding (Tenurable) University of Adelaide
2005 - 2010 MPB CRC & UA Research Fellow (Fixed-Term Contract) University of Adelaide
2002 - 2004 GRDC Post-Doctoral Fellow (Fixed-Term Contract) University of Adelaide
2001 - 2001 CSIRO Post-Doctoral Fellow CSIRO

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
1997 - 2001 University of Queensland Australia PhD

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2018 Liu, H., Dylan R. Bruce., Mike Sissons., Amanda J. Able., & Jason A. Able. (2018). Genotype-dependent changes in the phenolic content of durum under water-deficit stress. Cereal Chemistry, 95(1), 59-78.
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2018 Alahmad, S., Dinglasan, E., Leung, K., Riaz, A., Derbal, N., Voss-Fels, K., . . . Hickey, L. (2018). Speed breeding for multiple quantitative traits in durum wheat. Plant Methods, 14(1), 36.
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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.
DOI Scopus5 WoS10 Europe PMC10
2017 Gilliham, M., Able, J., & Roy, S. (2017). Translating knowledge about abiotic stress tolerance to breeding programmes. The Plant Journal, 90(5), 898-917.
DOI Scopus8 WoS8 Europe PMC6
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.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2
2017 Dong, B., Zheng, X., Liu, H., Able, J., Yang, H., Zhao, H., . . . Liu, M. (2017). Effects of drought stress on pollen sterility, grain yield, abscisic acid and protective enzymes in two winter wheat cultivars. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8, 14 pages.
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2016 Liu, H., Able, A., & Able, J. (2016). SMARTER De-Stressed Cereal Breeding. Trends in Plant Science, 21(11), 909-925.
DOI Scopus8 WoS9 Europe PMC10
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.
DOI Scopus7 WoS6
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.
DOI Scopus17 WoS15 Europe PMC12
2014 Able, J. A., & Sissons, M. (2014). Durum wheat for the future: challenges, research and prospects in the 21st Century. Crop and Pasture Science, 65(1), i.
DOI Scopus5
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.
DOI Scopus1 WoS3
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.
DOI Scopus14 WoS12
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.
DOI Scopus7 WoS6
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.
DOI Scopus7 WoS4 Europe PMC2
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.
DOI Scopus4 Europe PMC2
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.
DOI Scopus6 Europe PMC4
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.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3
2011 Crismani, W., Kapoor, S., & Able, J. (2011). Comparative transcriptomics reveals 129 transcripts that are temporally regulated during anther development and meiotic progression in both bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) and rice (Oryza sativa). International Journal of Plant Genomics, 2011, 1-9.
DOI Scopus5 Europe PMC2
2011 Deveshwar, P., Bovill, W., Sharma, R., Able, J., & Kapoor, S. (2011). Analysis of anther transcriptomes to identify genes contributing to meiosis and male gametophyte development in rice. BMC Plant Biology, 11(1), 1-20.
DOI Scopus63 WoS60 Europe PMC50
2009 Able, J., Crismani, W., & Boden, S. (2009). Understanding meiosis and the implications for crop improvement. Functional Plant Biology, 36(7), 575-588.
DOI Scopus11 WoS8
2009 Bovill, W., Deveshwar, P., Kapoor, S., & Able, J. (2009). Whole genome approaches to identify early meiotic gene candidates in cereals. Functional & Integrative Genomics, 9(2), 219-229.
DOI Scopus12 WoS7 Europe PMC7
2009 Boden, S., Langridge, P., Spangenberg, G., & Able, J. (2009). TaASY1 promotes homologous chromosome interactions and is affected by deletion of Ph1. Plant Journal, 57(3), 487-497.
DOI Scopus41 WoS31 Europe PMC25
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.
DOI Scopus4 WoS4
2008 Khoo, K., Jolly, H., & Able, J. (2008). The RAD51 gene family in bread wheat is highly conserved across eukaryotes, with RAD51A upregulated during early meiosis. Functional Plant Biology, 35(12), 1267-1277.
DOI Scopus8 WoS3
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.
DOI Scopus5 WoS4
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.
DOI Scopus21 WoS16 Europe PMC16
2007 Boden, S., Shadiac, N., Tucker, E., Langridge, P., & Able, J. (2007). Expression and functional analysis of TaASY1 during meiosis of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum). BMC Molecular Biology, 8(65), 1-14.
DOI Scopus19 WoS14 Europe PMC9
2007 Able, J., Langridge, P., & Milligan, A. (2007). Capturing diversity in the cereals: many options but little promiscuity. Trends in Plant Science, 12(2), 71-79.
DOI Scopus37 WoS32 Europe PMC17
2007 Whitford, R., Baumann, U., Sutton, T., Gumaelius, L., Wolters, P., Tingey, S., . . . Langridge, P. (2007). Identification of transposons, retroelements, and a gene family predominantly expressed in floral tissues in chromosome 3DS of the hexaploid wheat progenitor Aegilops tauschii. Functional & Integrative Genomics, 7(1), 37-52.
DOI Scopus7 WoS7 Europe PMC4
2007 Lloyd, A., Milligan, A., Langridge, P., & Able, J. (2007). TaMSH7: A cereal mismatch repair gene that affects fertility in transgenic barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). BMC Plant Biology, 7(67), WWW 1-WWW 9.
DOI Scopus29 WoS18 Europe PMC12
2006 Crismani, W., Baumann, U., Sutton, T., Shirley, N., Webster, T., Spangenberg, G., . . . Able, J. (2006). Microarray expression analysis of meiosis and microsporogenesis in hexaploid bread wheat. BMC Genomics, 7(267), 1-17.
DOI Scopus57 WoS43 Europe PMC35
2006 Able, J., & Langridge, P. (2006). Wild sex in the grasses. Trends in Plant Science, 11(6), 261-263.
DOI Scopus17 WoS13 Europe PMC9
2005 Dong, C., Thomas, S., Becker, D., Lorz, H., Whitford, R., Sutton, T., . . . Langridge, P. (2005). WM5: Isolation and characterisation of a gene expressed during early meiosis and shoot meristem development in wheat. Functional Plant Biology, 32(3), 249-258.
DOI Scopus6 WoS5
2005 Able, J. (2005). Digging for DNA Diamonds. Australasian Science, 26(7), 20-21.
2004 Reddall, A., Ali, A., Able, J., Stonor, J., Tesoriero, L., Wright, P., . . . Wilson, L. (2004). Cotton bunchy top: an aphid and graft transmitted cotton disease. Australasian Plant Pathology, 33(2), 197-202.
DOI Scopus16
2003 Sutton, T., Whitford, R., Baumann, U., Dong, C., Able, J., & Langridge, P. (2003). The Ph2 pairing homoeologous locus of wheat (Triticum aestivum): identification of candidate meiotic genes using a comparative genetics approach. Plant Journal, 36(4), 443-456.
DOI Scopus45 WoS35 Europe PMC26
2001 Able, J., Rathus, C., & Godwin, I. (2001). The investigation of optimal bombardment parameters for transient and stable transgene expression in sorghum. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-plant, 37(3), 341-348.
DOI Scopus37
2001 Reddall, A., Able, J., Stonor, J., Heimoana, S., Tesoriero, L., Wright, P., . . . Rezaian, M. (2001). Hunting down the cause of Cotton Bunchy Top (CBT). The Australian Cottongrower, 28, 8-10.

Book Chapters

Conference Papers

Conference Items

Year Citation
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. Poster session presented at the meeting of Third International Conference on Crop Improvement 2017: CROP INNOVATIONS FOR THE HEALTH OF THE POPULATION & PLANET. https://icci2017.org/.

Plant Breeder's Rights

Year Citation
2018 Publication status: Published online
PBR name: DBA Spes
Authors: Able JA
Publication date: 23 February 2018
PBR family name: Durum Wheat (Triticum turgidum subsp. durum) DBA Spes
Country registered: Australia
PBR app number: 2017/261
Associated authors: Able JA
Filed date: 30 August 2017
Patent status: Accepted
Source URL: http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/pbr_db/plant_detail.cfm?AID=25009685
Funding acknowledgements: Grains Research and Development CorporationSan Remo Macaroni CompanyThe University of Adelaide
Record created at source: 25 May 2018
2018 Publication status: Published online
PBR name: DBA Spes
Authors: Able JA
Publication date: 23 February 2018
PBR family name: Durum Wheat (Triticum turgidum subsp. durum) DBA Spes
Country registered: Australia
PBR app number: 2017/261
Associated authors: Able JA
Filed date: 30 August 2017
Patent status: Accepted
Source URL: http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/pbr_db/plant_detail.cfm?AID=25009685
Funding acknowledgements: Grains Research and Development CorporationSan Remo Macaroni CompanyThe University of Adelaide
Record created at source: 25 May 2018
2018 Publication status: Published online
PBR name: DBA Artemis
Authors: Able JA
Publication date: 23 February 2018
PBR family name: Triticum turgidum subsp. durum) DBA Artemis
Country registered: Australia
PBR app number: 2017/262
Associated authors: Able JA
Filed date: 30 August 2017
Source URL: http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/pbr_db/plant_detail.cfm?AID=25009684
Funding acknowledgements: Grains Research and Development CorporationSan Remo Macaroni CompanyThe University of Adelaide
Record created at source: 25 May 2018
2018 Publication status: Published online
PBR name: DBA Artemis
Authors: Able JA
Publication date: 23 February 2018
PBR family name: Triticum turgidum subsp. durum) DBA Artemis
Country registered: Australia
PBR app number: 2017/262
Associated authors: Able JA
Filed date: 30 August 2017
Source URL: http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/pbr_db/plant_detail.cfm?AID=25009684
Funding acknowledgements: Grains Research and Development CorporationSan Remo Macaroni CompanyThe University of Adelaide
Record created at source: 25 May 2018
2015 PBR name: DBA-Aurora
Authors: Able J
Publication date: 28 July 2015
PBR family name: Durum Wheat (Triticum turgidum subsp. durum) DBA-Aurora
Country registered: Australia
Granted date: 28 July 2015
PBR app number: 2013/233
Filed date: 13 September 2013
Patent status: Granted
Statement of responsibility: South Australia
Rights statement: South Australia
Description: Durum variety that was developed and released under Durum Breeding Australia during Spring 2014. In releasing this variety, many years evaluation was undertaken including breeding trials, disease trials, National Variety Trials (NVT); along with PBR trials established and analysed, subsequently leading to PBR being granted; Wheat Quality Australia (WQA) accreditation tests performed and submitted for evaluation (with ADR - Premium Australian Durum classification being awarded); and other relevant stakeholders consulted before being given approval to release the variety.
Source URL: http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/pbr_db/plant_detail.cfm?AID=17169920
Funding acknowledgements: Grains Research and Development CorporationSan Remo Macaroni Pty LtdThe University of Adelaide
Verification-status: Verified
Record created at source: 12 December 2014
2015 PBR name: DBA-Aurora
Authors: Able J
Publication date: 28 July 2015
PBR family name: Durum Wheat (Triticum turgidum subsp. durum) DBA-Aurora
Country registered: Australia
Granted date: 28 July 2015
PBR app number: 2013/233
Filed date: 13 September 2013
Patent status: Granted
Statement of responsibility: South Australia
Rights statement: South Australia
Description: Durum variety that was developed and released under Durum Breeding Australia during Spring 2014. In releasing this variety, many years evaluation was undertaken including breeding trials, disease trials, National Variety Trials (NVT); along with PBR trials established and analysed, subsequently leading to PBR being granted; Wheat Quality Australia (WQA) accreditation tests performed and submitted for evaluation (with ADR - Premium Australian Durum classification being awarded); and other relevant stakeholders consulted before being given approval to release the variety.
Source URL: http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/pbr_db/plant_detail.cfm?AID=17169920
Funding acknowledgements: Grains Research and Development CorporationSan Remo Macaroni Pty LtdThe University of Adelaide
Verification-status: Verified
Record created at source: 12 December 2014
2012 PBR name: WID802
Alternative title: WID802
Authors: Able JA
Publication date: 4 September 2012
PBR family name: WID802
Country registered: Australia
Granted date: 4 September 2012
PBR app number: 2011/231
Filed date: 1 November 2011
Patent status: Granted
Description: Durum variety where PBR trials were established, analysis completed, WQA accreditation obtained and paperwork submitted; while still under the mentor of Professor Tony Rathjen.
Source URL: http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/pbr_db/plant_detail.cfm?AID=14455827
Funding acknowledgements: GRDC, UA, San Remo
Record created at source: 12 December 2014
2012 PBR name: Yawa
Alternative title: WID803
Authors: Able JA
Publication date: 4 September 2012
PBR family name: Yawa
Country registered: Australia
Granted date: 4 September 2012
PBR app number: 2011/232
Filed date: 1 November 2011
Patent status: Granted
Description: Durum variety where PBR trials were established, analysis completed, WQA accreditation obtained and paperwork submitted; while still under the mentor of Professor Tony Rathjen.
Source URL: http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/pbr_db/plant_detail.cfm?AID=14455828
Funding acknowledgements: GRDC, UA, San Remo
Record created at source: 12 December 2014

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.
2006 Able, J. A. (2006). Microarray expression analysis of meiosis and microsporogenesis in hexaploid bread wheat.

Funding for the durum breeding program and closely aligned research is primarily from the GRDC, SAGIT and San Remo Macaroni Pty Ltd. Since 2011, Jason has been awarded grants worth in excess of $15,000,000.

Jason coordinates the third year elective Plant Breeding III and lectures the majority of this course. Jason also lectures to first and second year science undergraduates in the Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) covering the broad area of plant biotechnology ("Introduction to Biotechnology I" and "Principles of Biotechnology II"). Since 2011, Jason has coordinated and led the 3rd year undergraduate field trip that explores the agricultural systems in and around South-East QLD. Between 2012-2016 (inclusive) Jason was the program coordinator for the Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences.

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2016 Co-Supervisor Regulation of Ripening Mechanisms in Capsicum Fruit Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sijia Guo
2013 Co-Supervisor Developing Selection Tools in Wheat Breeding for Adaptation to Southern Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Paul Robert Telfer

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2012 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Evaluating populations derived from complex crosses involving both bread wheat and durum wheat parentage for partial resistance to crown rot Master of Agricultural Science Master Full Time Mr Domenico Deserio
2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Genome-wide Characterisation of microRNAs and their target genes in different durum wheat genotypes under water limiting conditions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Haipei Liu
2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Understanding the physiological mechanisms of ripening in capsicum Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Wan Mohd Aizat Wan Kamaruddin
2007 - 2011 Principal Supervisor An Investigation of Bread Wheat Meiosis via Proteomics and Gene-targeted Approaches: the Isolation and Characterisation of Four Meiotic Proteins Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Kelvin Khoo
2007 - 2010 Principal Supervisor Isolation and Characterisation of Wheat Genes with Early Meiotic Expression Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Hayley Jolly
2005 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Investigating Chromosome Pairing in Bread Wheat Using ASYNAPSIS I Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Scott Boden
2005 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Whole Genome Approaches to Identify Genes Involved in Early Meiosis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Wayne Crismani
2005 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Regulation of Candidate Genes in Black Point Formation in Barley Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Kerry Walker
2004 - 2008 Co-Supervisor The Genetic Basis of Barley Black Point Formation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Timothy March
2002 - 2007 Co-Supervisor Linked Disequilibrium Analysis of Hexaploid Wheat (Triticum Aestivum L.) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Sherri Kruger

Board Memberships

Date Role Board name Institution name Country
2017 - ongoing Board Member Eyre Peninsula Agricultural Research Foundation Australia
2014 - 2016 Board Member Agricultural Bureau of South Australia Australia

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2014 - ongoing Vice-Chair International Expert Working Group Durum Genomics & Breeding Global
2011 - ongoing Member Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee (GTTAC) Commonwealth Government's Department of Health Australia
Position
Head - Department of Agricultural Science
Phone
83137075
Fax
8313 7109
Campus
Waite
Building
Waite Building, floor GN
Room Number
GN 10b
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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