Luqman Safdar

Luqman Safdar

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

I am doing a joint/dual PhD between the Universities of Adelaide (AUS) and Nottingham (UK). Before this, I did a MPhil and worked for 1-year as a Research Assistant at Quaid-i-Azam University (Islamabad, Pakistan). My research there was focused on studying phenotypic and genetic variation for mineral efficiency, metal uptake and toxicity, stay green, and yield components in wheat. In future, I am interested to study genetic/genomic based models for developing climate-resilient crops.

My research focuses on investigating the biochemical regulation of grain protein content (GPC) in wheat. The locus regulating major genetic variation for GPC in wheat (Gpc-B1) was discovered nearly two decades ago from a wild emmer wheat. Since then, plenty of research has focused on improving GPC in wheat by integrating funtional alleles of Gpc-B1 into modern high yielding varieties; however, success has been limited due to factors like negative yield trade-off or grain weight loss due to rapid senescence. Senescence and post-anthesis nitrogen remobilisation have long been believed to be the major regulators of GPC in wheat; however, recent information has emerged that indicates toward the role of plant vasculature. My research involves further investigations into the role of plant vasculature in the regulation of GPC in wheat.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Xu, Y., Wei, Y., Zhou, Z., Cai, X., Boden, S. A., Umer, M. J., . . . Liu, F. (2024). Widespread incomplete lineage sorting and introgression shaped adaptive radiation in the Gossypium genus. Plant Communications, 5(2), 13 pages.
    2023 Safdar, L. B., Fisk, I. D., & Foulkes, M. J. (2023). The role of plant vasculature in tackling N₂O emissions. Trends in Plant Science, 28(12), 1354-1356.
    2023 Safdar, L. B., Dugina, K., Saeidan, A., Yoshicawa, G. V., Caporaso, N., Gapare, B., . . . Fisk, I. D. (2023). Reviving grain quality in wheat through non‐destructive phenotyping techniques like hyperspectral imaging. Food and Energy Security, 12(5), 1-21.
    DOI Scopus1
    2023 Safdar, L. B., Foulkes, M. J., Kleiner, F. H., Searle, I. R., Bhosale, R. A., Fisk, I. D., & Boden, S. A. (2023). Challenges facing sustainable protein production: Opportunities for cereals. Plant Communications, 4(6), 100716-1-100716-15.
    DOI Scopus2
    2023 Liu, L., Qin, L., Safdar, L. B., Zhao, C., Cheng, X., Xie, M., . . . Wei, Y. (2023). The plant trans-Golgi network component ECHIDNA regulates defense, cell death, and endoplasmic reticulum stress. Plant Physiology, 191(1), 558-574.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS1 Europe PMC5
    2022 Uddin, S., Bin Safdar, L., Fatima, I., Iqbal, J., Ahmad, S., Ahsan Abbasi, B., & Masood Quraishi, U. (2022). Bioprospecting roots, stem and leaves extracts of Berberis baluchistanica Ahrendt. (Berberidaceae) as a natural source of biopharmaceuticals. Journal of Taibah University for Science, 16(1), 954-965.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3
    2022 Ullah, F., Ahmad, M., Zafar, M., Parveen, B., Ashfaq, S., Bahadur, S., . . . Luqman, M. (2022). Pollen morphology and its taxonomic potential in some selected taxa of Caesalpiniaceae observed under light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Microscopy Research and Technique, 85(4), 1410-1420.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS12 Europe PMC2
    2022 Uddin, S., Iqbal, J., Safdar, L. B., Ahmad, S., Abbasi, B. A., Capasso, R., . . . Quraihi, U. M. (2022). Green Synthesis of BPL-NiONPs Using Leaf Extract of Berberis pachyacantha: Characterization and Multiple In Vitro Biological Applications. Molecules, 27(7), 2064.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS5 Europe PMC3
    2021 Tehseen, M. M., Tonk, F. A., Tosun, M., Amri, A., Sansaloni, C. P., Kurtulus, E., . . . Nazari, K. (2021). Genome-wide association study of resistance to PstS2 and Warrior races of Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (stripe rust) in bread wheat landraces. Plant Genome, 14(1), 20 pages.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS16 Europe PMC13
    2021 Uddin, S., Safdar, L. B., Anwar, S., Iqbal, J., Laila, S., Abbasi, B. A., . . . Quraishi, U. M. (2021). Green synthesis of nickel oxide nanoparticles from berberis balochistanica stem for investigating bioactivities. Molecules, 26(6), 14 pages.
    DOI Scopus55 WoS33 Europe PMC19
    2021 Zhao, C., Safdar, L. B., Xie, M., Shi, M., Dong, Z., Yang, L., . . . Liu, S. (2021). Mutation of the PHYTOENE DESATURASE 3 gene causes yellowish-white petals in Brassica napus. Crop Journal, 9(5), 1124-1134.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS13
    2021 Safdar, L. B., Umer, M. J., Almas, F., Uddin, S., Safdar, Q. T. A., Blighe, K., & Quraishi, U. M. (2021). Identification of genetic factors controlling phosphorus utilization efficiency in wheat by genome-wide association study with principal component analysis. Gene, 768, 10 pages.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS5 Europe PMC3
    2021 Uddin, S., Safdar, L. B., Iqbal, J., Yaseen, T., Laila, S., Anwar, S., . . . Quraishi, U. M. (2021). Green synthesis of nickel oxide nanoparticles using leaf extract of Berberis balochistanica: Characterization, and diverse biological applications. Microscopy Research and Technique, 84(9), 2004-2016.
    DOI Scopus33 WoS22 Europe PMC8
    2020 Safdar, L. B., Almas, F., Sarfraz, S., Ejaz, M., Ali, Z., Mahmood, Z., . . . Quraishi, U. M. (2020). Genome-wide association study identifies five new cadmium uptake loci in wheat. Plant Genome, 13(2), 14 pages.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS9 Europe PMC4
    2020 Safdar, L. B., Andleeb, T., Latif, S., Umer, M. J., Tang, M., Li, X., . . . Quraishi, U. M. (2020). Genome-Wide Association Study and QTL Meta-Analysis Identified Novel Genomic Loci Controlling Potassium Use Efficiency and Agronomic Traits in Bread Wheat. Frontiers in Plant Science, 11, 14 pages.
    DOI Scopus30 WoS21 Europe PMC17
    2020 Muhammad Jawad, U., Gao, L., Gebremeskel, H., Safdar, L. B., Yuan, P., Zhao, S., . . . Liu, W. (2020). Expression pattern of sugars and organic acids regulatory genes during watermelon fruit development. Scientia Horticulturae, 265, 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus41 WoS31
    2020 Razzaq, A., Ali, A., Safdar, L. B., Zafar, M. M., Rui, Y., Shakeel, A., . . . Yuan, Y. (2020). Salt stress induces physiochemical alterations in rice grain composition and quality. Journal of Food Science, 85(1), 14-20.
    DOI Scopus94 WoS68 Europe PMC35
    2020 Safdar, L. B., Umer, M. J., Almas, F., Uddin, S., Safdar, Q. -T. -A., Blighe, K., & Quraishi, U. M. (2020). Identification of genetic factors controlling phosphorus utilization efficiency in wheat by genome-wide association study with principal component analysis.
    2020 Tehseen, M. M., Tonk, F. A., Tosun, M., Amri, A., Sansaloni, C., Kurtulus, E., . . . Nazari, K. (2020). Genome Wide Association Study of Resistance to PstS2 and Warrior Races of Stripe (Yellow) Rust in Bread Wheat Landraces.
    2020 Safdar, L. B., Almas, F., Rehman, A. U., Umer, M. J., Ali Shah, S. M., Uddin, S., . . . Quraishi, U. M. (2020). Genetic dissection of Ni toxicity in a spring wheat diversity panel by using 90 K SNP array. Current Plant Biology, 24, 7 pages.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2020 Zhao, C., Liu, L., Safdar, L. B., Xie, M., Cheng, X., Liu, Y., . . . Liu, S. (2020). Characterization and fine Mapping of a yellow-virescent gene regulating chlorophyll biosynthesis and early stage chloroplast development in Brassica napus. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 10(9), 3201-3211.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS14 Europe PMC9
    2020 Umer, M. J., Bin Safdar, L., Gebremeskel, H., Zhao, S., Yuan, P., Zhu, H., . . . Liu, W. (2020). Identification of key gene networks controlling organic acid and sugar metabolism during watermelon fruit development by integrating metabolic phenotypes and gene expression profiles. Horticulture Research, 7(1), 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus74 WoS60 Europe PMC43

Adelaide Nottingham PhD Alliance, University of Adelaide Research Scholarship (UARS)

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