Jason Able

Professor Jason Able

Head - Department of Agricultural Science

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

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


Jason is Head, Department of Agricultural Science. He leads the national faba bean breeding program with the University of Adelaide being the lead organisation. Working in collaboration with the University of Sydney, SARDI and NSW DPI, the program aims to drive forward grower profitability for this high value pulse commodity.

Jason also has a diverse range of research interests, the results of which can eventually be applied to breeding programs. They include:
* Fundamental science that centres on micro RNAs (miRNAs) and their role in enhancing crop productivity (through either stress adaptation and/or reproductive fitness);
* Understanding the molecular mechanisms that control meiosis in bread and durum wheat;
* Ranking and screening barley and wheat varieties for frost tolerance, where he led the National Frost Initiative that was invested through the GRDC;
* Elucidating key compounds that contribute to barley malt flavour.

Jason is a Professor in Plant Breeding. Between 2010-2021, he led the durum wheat breeding program at the Waite (Durum Breeding Australia - Southern Node), which was focussed on developing new durum wheat varieties for our ever-changing environments and an ever-expanding market. During that time, Jason released his first variety DBA Aurora in 2014, his second in 2018 (DBA Spes), and third in 2019 (DBA Artemis); while he also played an important role in releasing WID802 and Yawa (both in 2012). DBA Aurora was a step-change variety and to this day still enjoys significant market share nationally. Jason currently leads the national faba bean breeding program, which is invested through the GRDC and has a number of collaborators including SARDI, the University of Sydney and NSW DPI. Jason and his team have developed excellent collaborative linkages with many colleagues, including: E/Professor Diane Mather (University of Adelaide), Professor Amanda Able (University of Adelaide), Dr Mike Sissons (NSW DPI), Professor Carla Ceoloni (University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy) and Professor Graham Moore (John Innes Centre, UK). Jason is actively engaged with multiple grain and pulse stakeholders across Australia and around the globe. Key stakeholders nationally include the Southern Australia Durum Growers Association (SADGA), GRDC, SAGIT, San Remo Macaroni Company Pty Ltd, MAURI anz, Mellco, Coopers and Viterra.

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Liu, H., Able, A. J., & Able, J. A. (2021). Small RNAs and their targets are associated with the transgenerational effects of water-deficit stress in durum wheat. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 17 pages.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS1 Europe PMC2
    2021 Tran, B. T. T., Cavagnaro, T. R., Able, J. A., & Watts-Williams, S. J. (2021). Bioavailability of zinc and iron in durum wheat: A trade-off between grain weight and nutrition?. Plants People Planet, 3(5), 627-639.
    DOI
    2021 Liu, H., Able, A. J., & Able, J. A. (2021). Small RNA, transcriptome and degradome analysis of the transgenerational heat stress response network in durum wheat. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 22(11), 5532-1-5532-24.
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    2021 Ferrante, A., Cullis, B. R., Smith, A. B., & Able, J. A. (2021). A Multi-Environment Trial Analysis of Frost Susceptibility in Wheat and Barley Under Australian Frost-Prone Field Conditions. Frontiers in Plant Science, 12, 15 pages.
    DOI
    2021 Telfer, P., Edwards, J., Norman, A., Bennett, D., Smith, A., Able, J. A., & Kuchel, H. (2021). Genetic analysis of wheat (Triticum aestivum) adaptation to heat stress. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 134(5), 1387-1407.
    DOI
    2021 Liu, H., Able, A. J., & Able, J. A. (2021). Nitrogen starvation-responsive microRNAs are affected by transgenerational stress in durum wheat seedlings. Plants, 10(5), 826.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2020 Mazzucotelli, E., Sciara, G., Mastrangelo, A. M., Desiderio, F., Xu, S. S., Faris, J., . . . Bassi, F. M. (2020). The Global Durum Wheat Panel (GDP): An International Platform to Identify and Exchange Beneficial Alleles. Frontiers in Plant Science, 11, 1-22.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC3
    2020 Alahmad, S., Kang, Y., Dinglasan, E., Mazzucotelli, E., Voss-Fels, K. P., Able, J. A., . . . Hickey, L. T. (2020). Adaptive traits to improve durum wheat yield in drought and crown rot environments. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 21(15), 1-17.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4 Europe PMC4
    2020 Liu, H., Able, A. J., & Able, J. A. (2020). Integrated analysis of small RNA, transcriptome, and degradome sequencing reveals the water-deficit and heat stress response network in durum wheat. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 21(17), 1-28.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS4 Europe PMC4
    2020 Liu, H., Able, A. J., & Able, J. A. (2020). Multi-omics analysis of small RNA, transcriptome, and degradome in T. turgidum–regulatory networks of grain development and abiotic stress response. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 21(20), 7772-1-7772-23.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC3
    2020 Lee, W. S. L., Ferrante, A., Withayachumnankul, W., & Able, J. A. (2020). Assessing frost damage in barley using terahertz imaging. Optics Express, 28(21), 30644-30655.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2020 Liu, H., Able, A. J., & Able, J. A. (2020). Transgenerational effects of water-deficit and heat stress on germination and seedling vigour–new insights from durum wheat microRNAs. Plants, 9(2), 189-1-189-20.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS8 Europe PMC6
    2019 Alahmad, S., El Hassouni, K., Bassi, F. M., Dinglasan, E., Youssef, C., Quarry, G., . . . Hickey, L. T. (2019). A major root architecture QTL responding to water limitation in durum wheat. Frontiers in Plant Science, 10, 1-18.
    DOI Scopus26 WoS27 Europe PMC11
    2019 Liu, H., Able, A. J., & Able, J. A. (2019). Genotypic performance of Australian durum under single and combined water-deficit and heat stress during reproduction. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 14986-1-14986-17.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS10 Europe PMC10
    2018 Kuzmanović, L., Ruggeri, R., Able, J., Bassi, F., Maccaferri, M., Tuberosa, R., . . . Ceoloni, C. (2018). Yield of chromosomally engineered durum wheat-Thinopyrum ponticum recombinant lines in a range of contrasting rain-fed environments. Field Crops Research, 228, 147-157.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS6
    2018 Kuzmanović, L., Ruggeri, R., Able, J., Bassi, F., Maccaferri, M., Tuberosa, R., . . . Ceoloni, C. (2018). Yield performance of chromosomally engineered durum wheat-Thinopyrum ponticum recombinant lines in a range of contrasting rain-fed environments across three countries.
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    2018 Telfer, P., Edwards, J., Bennett, D., Ganesalingam, D., Able, J., & Kuchel, H. (2018). A field and controlled environment evaluation of wheat (Triticum aestivum) adaptation to heat stress. Field Crops Research, 229, 55-65.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS18
    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), 36-1-36-15.
    DOI Scopus24 WoS24 Europe PMC8
    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.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS9
    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, 1008-1-1008-14.
    DOI Scopus38 WoS29 Europe PMC15
    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 Scopus27 WoS29 Europe PMC20
    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 Scopus61 WoS54 Europe PMC29
    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 Scopus17 WoS17 Europe PMC4
    2016 Liu, H., Able, A., & Able, J. (2016). SMARTER De-Stressed Cereal Breeding. Trends in Plant Science, 21(11), 909-925.
    DOI Scopus28 WoS29 Europe PMC23
    2015 Liu, H., Searle, I., Mather, D., Able, A., & Able, J. (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 Scopus36 WoS31
    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 Scopus36 WoS34 Europe PMC23
    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 Scopus6
    2014 Al-Fahdawi, M., Able, J., Evans, M., & Able, A. (2014). Response of durum wheat to different levels of zinc and Fusarium pseudograminearum. Crop and Pasture Science, 65(1), 61-73.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS6
    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 Scopus26 WoS24
    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 Scopus13 WoS11 Europe PMC4
    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 Scopus22 WoS22 Europe PMC5
    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 Scopus6 Europe PMC3
    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 Scopus14 Europe PMC9
    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 Scopus5 WoS5 Europe PMC2
    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 PMC3
    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 Scopus90 WoS87 Europe PMC73
    2009 Able, J., Crismani, W., & Boden, S. (2009). Understanding meiosis and the implications for crop improvement. Functional Plant Biology, 36(7), 575-588.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS11 Europe PMC6
    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 WoS8 Europe PMC9
    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 Scopus60 WoS48 Europe PMC37
    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 Scopus8 WoS8 Europe PMC3
    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 Scopus10 WoS5 Europe PMC5
    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 Scopus11 WoS9
    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 Scopus27 WoS21 Europe PMC17
    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 WoS18 Europe PMC14
    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 Scopus39 WoS35 Europe PMC20
    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 Scopus8 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 Scopus39 WoS28 Europe PMC19
    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 Scopus68 WoS57 Europe PMC43
    2006 Able, J., & Langridge, P. (2006). Wild sex in the grasses. Trends in Plant Science, 11(6), 261-263.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS15 Europe PMC13
    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 Scopus7 WoS6 Europe PMC3
    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 Scopus20 WoS20
    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 Scopus57 WoS47 Europe PMC37
    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 Scopus42 WoS37
    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.
    1998 Nguyen, T., Godwin, I., Able, J., Gray, S., & Rathus, C. (1998). Effect of plant growth regulators on embryogenic callus formation and growth in vitro of grain sorghum.. International sorghum and millets newsletter., (39), 88-90.
    1998 Able, J., Rathus, C., Gray, S., Nguyen, T., & Godwin, I. (1998). Transformation of sorghum using the particles inflow gun (PIG).. International sorghum and millets newsletter., (39), 98-100.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2004 Rathus, C., Nguyen, T., Able, J., Gray, S., & Godwin, I. (2004). Optimising sorghum transformation technology via somatic embryogenesis. In N. Seetharama, & I. Godwin (Eds.), Sorghum tissue culture & transformation (pp. 25-34). USA: Science Publishers Ltd.
    2004 Able, J., Carroll, B., Rathus, C., & Godwin, I. (2004). Enhancing transgene expression in sorghum: current status and future goals. In N. Seetharama, & I. Godwin (Eds.), Sorghum tissue culture & transformation (pp. 85-96). Enfield, NH: Science Publishers Ltd.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2019 Ferrante, A., Cossani, C. M., Able, J. A., & Sadras, V. O. (2019). Assessing frost damage in a set of historic wheat varieties using a passive heating system. In Proceedings of the 19th Agronomy Australia Conference (AAC 2019) (pp. 1-4). Trafalgar, Victoria: Agronomy Australia.
    2019 Ferrante, A., Biddulph, B., & Able, J. A. (2019). Evaluating wheat, barley and oats for early sowing under frost-prone field condition in Southern Australia. In Proceedings of the 19th Australian Agronomy Conference (AAC 2019) (pp. 1-4). Trafalgar, Victoria: Agronomy Australia.
    2019 Ferrante, A., Cossani, C., Able, J., & Sadras, V. (2019). YIELD AND SPIKE FERTILITY IN A HISTORIC SET OF WHEAT CULTIVARS IN RESPONSE TO FROST. In https://2019iwc.ca/posters-program/. Saskatoon, Canada,.
    2005 March, T., Schultz, C., Able, J., & Able, A. (2005). Finding proteins involved with black point of barley using proteomics. In 12th Australian Barley Technical Symposium Conference Proceedings, 11-14 September 2005: 4p. [CD-ROM]. Hobart, Tasmania: Australian Barley Association.
    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. In Proceedings of ComBio 2004 (pp. 0 pages). Perth.
    2004 Sutton, T., Whitford, R., Baumann, U., Able, J., Lazo, G., & Langridge, P. (2004). Genomics approaches to identify meiotic genes in wheat. In Plant & Animal Genome XII : conference abstracts (pp. W143). San Diego, CA.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2020 Liu, H., Able, A., & Able, J. (2020). Durum miRNA-mediated networks in response to water-deficit and heat stress during reproduction. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstracts of the Durum Wheat Genomics and Breeding: Expert Working Group Meeting. Global virtual meeting: Wheat Initiative.
    2019 Liu, H., Able, A., & Able, J. (2019). Improving genotypic performance and epigenetic dynamics during water-deficit and heat stress in durum. Poster session presented at the meeting of Proceedings of the 1st International Wheat Congress (IWC 2019). Saskatoon, Canada: International Wheat Congress.
    2019 Liu, H., Able, A., & Able, J. (2019). Coping with water-deficit and heat stress: genotypic performance in durum and molecular perspectives for improvement. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstracts of the Wheat Breeding Assembly 2019. Adelaide, Australia.: Wheat Breeding Society of Australia.
    2017 Aizat, W., Dias, D., Stangoulis, J., Able, J., Roessner, U., & Able, A. (2017). When ripening meets proteomics and metabolomics: a capsicum case study. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstracts of the 3rd International Conference on Crop Improvement: Crop Innovations for The Health of The Population & Planet. Malaysia.
    2016 Liu, H., Able, A., Searle, I., & Able, J. (2016). Characterising water deficit stress-responsive microRNAs and their functional targets in different durum wheat genotypes. Poster session presented at the meeting of ComBio 2016. Brisbane, Australia..
    2015 Liu, H., Searle, I., Watson-Haigh, N., Baumann, U., Mather, D., Able, A., & Able, J. (2015). Identification of differentially expressed miRNAs and their targets in durum wheat during water deficit stress. Poster session presented at the meeting of 9th International Wheat Conference. Sydney, Australia..
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2016 Liu, H. (2016). Genome-wide characterisation of microRNAs and their target genes in different durum wheat genotypes under water limiting conditions. (PhD Thesis, University of Adelaide).
  • Plant Breeder's Rights

    Year Citation
    2018 Publication status: Published online
    PBR name: DBA Spes
    Authors: Able JA
    Author affiliation: (1088981) Able, Jason
    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
    Author affiliation: (1088981) Able, Jason
    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
    Author affiliation: (1088981) Able, Jason
    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
    Author affiliation: (1088981) Able, Jason
    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
    Author affiliation: A1088981
    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
    Author affiliation: A1088981
    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
    2021 Liu, H., Able, A., & Able, J. (2021). Multi-omics analysis of small RNA, transcriptome and degradome in T. turgidum – regulatory networks of grain development and abiotic stress response.
    2021 Liu, H., Able, A., & Able, J. (2021). Small RNAs and their targets are associated with the transgenerational effects of water-deficit stress in durum wheat.
    2021 Liu, H., Able, A., & Able, J. (2021). Nitrogen starvation-responsive microRNAs under the effects of transgenerational stress in durum wheat seedlings.
    2021 Liu, H., Able, A. J., & Able, J. A. (2021). Small RNA, transcriptome and degradome analysis of the transgenerational heat stress response network in durum wheat.
    2020 Liu, H., Able, A., & Able, J. (2020). Integrated analysis of small RNA, transcriptome, and degradome sequencing reveals the water-deficit and heat stress response network in durum wheat.
    2020 Liu, H., Able, A., & Able, J. (2020). Transgenerational effects of water-deficit and heat stress on germination and seedling vigour – new insights from durum wheat microRNAs.
    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 2012, Jason has been awarded grants worth in excess of $25,000,000. Below is a selection of some of the major projects he is currently involved in:

  1. 2020-2023 University of Adelaide (UA) chief investigator (CI) for a category-1 GRDC tender named ‘Using novel genetic diversity to increase Barley yields nationally’. A total of $926,372 over 3 years has been invested.
  2. 2020-2023 UA CI for a category-1 GRDC tender named 'Pulse Breeding Australia: Faba Bean Breeding'. A total in excess of $3,500,000 is being invested. 
  3. 2020-2021 UA CI for a category-1 GRDC tender named ‘Durum Breeding Australia (DBA)’. A total of $1,250,000 over 1 year has been invested.
  4. 2018-2021 UA CI for a category-1 GRDC tender named ‘Improving Australian malt barley flavour to address Chinese brewing requirements’. Industry partners include Coopers and Glencore. A total of $1,177,154 over 3 years has been invested.
  5. 2019-2020 UA CI for a category-1 GRDC tender named ‘Durum Breeding Australia (DBA)’. A total of $1,250,000 over 1 year was invested.
  6. 2017-2020 UA CI for a category-3 SAGIT grant entitled: ‘Enhanced N-use efficiency in durum through improved genetics’. A total of $199,084 over three years was invested.

Jason coordinates the third year elective Plant Breeding III and lectures the majority of this course. He also coordinates the third year elective Plant Biotechnology III and contributes to components of another third year course, Professional Skills in Agricultural Science III. Jason also lectures to second year science undergraduates in the Bachelor of Science covering the broad area of plant biotechnology (in 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.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Breeding Faba Bean (Vicia Faba L.) for Acidic Soils of Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Samuel Catt
    2016 Co-Supervisor Regulation of Ripening Mechanisms in Capsicum Fruit Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part 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 Dr 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 Dr Timothy March
    2002 - 2007 Co-Supervisor Linked Disequilibrium Analysis of Hexaploid Wheat (Triticum Aestivum L.) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Sherri Kruger
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  • 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
  • Email: jason.able@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7109
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Waite, floor GN
  • Room: GN 05
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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