School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences
Following management roles in government and business, I completed a BSc (Hons.) in Commercial Horticulture and a PhD in Plant Biology. I followed with a short post-doc at the University of Southampton in collaboration with Rothamsted Research and stakeholders using forward genetics for breeding research for biomass energy trees to mitigate climate change. I then moved to the University of Reading and, in collaboration with IBERS Aberystwyth, completed a post-doc on the epigenetics of cocoa and Arabidopsis in response to changing environmental conditions. At the end of 2011, I moved to Australia and the University of Adelaide. In 2012, I was recruited into the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics as a Research Fellow and began an independent research group. I successfully led the team and attracted competitive funding for national and international projects. I was promoted to level C, Senior Lecturer, in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, in 2018. I am Deputy Director and a Program Leader for the recently completed ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for wheat in a hot and dry climate, http://www.wheathub.com.au., and a member of the strategic and management committees. I led four other proposals and projects during this time and their strategic and collaboration management committees. I have supervised and mentored a large number of Higher Degree by Research students, other early and mid-career researchers and technical, professional staff. I now hold an honorary title as a Research Fellow and am a current investigator in a GRDC-funded project under the umbrella of the International Wheat Yield Partnership with international collaborators.
My group has used both forward and reverse genetic and epigenetic approaches to improve the tolerance of grapevine, wheat and barley to stresses that include increasing drought and high temperature episodes caused by climate change. Within the hub, I led the flagship scientific programme searching for novel traits and alleles, with particular interest in the use of wheat’s wild relatives. I developed and continue collaborations in international research projects with university researchers, plant breeders and stakeholders in Australia, France, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. I continue to research the role of the epigenome in plant biology and, functionally, its potential for crop improvement and its role in priming for stress tolerance.
I completed a PhD in Plant Biology at the University of Southampton (U.K.), investigating leaf development and water relations under elevated CO2 (FACE) and graduating in December 2004. I followed with a short post-doc in collaboration with Rothamsted Research using forward genetics and genomics for breeding research for biomass energy trees. I then moved to the University of Reading and, in collaboration with IBERS Aberystwyth, worked on the epigenetics of cocoa and Arabidopsis in response to changing environmental conditions. At the end of 2011, I moved to the University of Adelaide and the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics. As a Senior Lecturer in Genetics and Genomics, I used both forward and reverse genetic and epigenetic approaches to improve the tolerance of wheat, barley and grapevine to abiotic stresses. I am Deputy Director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Wheat in a Hot and Dry Climate and lead the drought and heat stress discovery programme for novel physiological traits and alleles. I have particular interest in durum wheat research and collaborate with the Crop Development Centre of the University of Saskatchewan and the Dept. of Agriculture of the University of Tuscia. I continue to research the role of the epigenome in plant biology, including evolutionary and population genetics and, functionally, its potential for crop improvement and its role in priming for stress tolerance.
Date Position Institution name 2020 Adjunct Research Fellow School of Agriculture, Food and Wine 2011 - 2020 Senior Lecturer School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Date Institution name Country Title 2000 - 2004 University of Southampton United Kingdom PhD 1996 - 2004 University of Greenwich United Kingdom BSc (Hons)
Year Citation 2020 Schmidt, J., Tricker, P. J., Eckermann, P., Kalambettu, P., Garcia, M., & Fleury, D. (2020). Novel alleles for combined drought and heat stress tolerance in wheat. Frontiers in Plant Science, 10, 1-14.
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2020 Fabres, P. J., Sai, N., Pederson, S., Zheng, F., Breen, J., Gilliham, M., . . . David, R. (2020). Dicistronic tRNA-mRNA transcripts in grapevine (Vitis vinifera) display distinct, regional expression patterns that correlate with tRNA expression.
2020 El Habti, A., Fleury, D., Jewell, N., Garnett, T., & Tricker, P. (2020). Tolerance of combined drought and heat stress is associated with transpiration maintenance and water soluble carbohydrates in wheat grains. Frontiers in Plant Science, 11, 568693-1-568693-13.
2020 Cryer, N., Tricker, P., Gibbings, G., Daymond, A., Engels, J., Hadley, P., . . . Butler, D. (2020). Conservation and utilisation of the global cacao genetic resource: the value of the Trinidad collections. Ecology Letters. 2020 Schmidt, J., Garcia, M., Brien, C., Kalambettu, P., Garnett, T., Fleury, D., & Tricker, P. J. (2020). Transcripts of wheat at a target locus on chromosome 6B associated with increased yield, leaf mass and chlorophyll index under combined drought and heat stress. PloS one, 15(11), e0241966.
2019 Fruzangohar, M., Kalashyan, E., Kalambettu, P., Ens, J., Wiebe, K., Pozniak, C. J., . . . Baumann, U. (2019). Novel Informatic Tools to Support Functional Annotation of the Durum Wheat Genome.. Frontiers in plant science, 10, 10 pages.
2019 Thomelin, P., Bonneau, J., Brien, C., Suchecki, R., Baumann, U., Kalambettu, P., . . . Fleury, D. (2019). The wheat Seven in Absentia gene is associated with increases in biomass and yield in hot climates.
2018 Tricker, P., ElHabti, A., Schmidt, J., & Fleury, D. (2018). The physiological and genetic basis of combined drought and heat tolerance in wheat. Journal of Experimental Botany, 69(13), 3195-3210.
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2018 Bi, H., Shi, J., Kovalchuk, N., Luang, S., Bazanova, N., Chirkova, L., . . . Borisjuk, N. (2018). Overexpression of the TaSHN1 transcription factor in bread wheat leads to leaf surface modifications, improved drought tolerance and no yield penalty under controlled growth conditions. Plant, Cell & Environment, 41(11), 2549-2566.
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2017 Ferdous, J., Sanchez-Ferrero, J., Langridge, P., Milne, L., Chowdhury, J., Brien, C., & Tricker, P. (2017). Differential expression of microRNAs and potential targets under drought stress in barley. Plant, Cell & Environment, 40(1), 11-24.
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2017 Ferdous, J., Whitford, R., Nguyen, M., Brien, C., Langridge, P., & Tricker, P. (2017). Drought-inducible expression of Hv-miR827 enhances drought tolerance in transgenic barley. Functional and Integrative Genomics, 17(2-3), 279-292.
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2017 Bi, H., Kovalchuk, N., Langridge, P., Tricker, P., Lopato, S., & Borisjuk, N. (2017). The impact of drought on wheat leaf cuticle properties. BMC Plant Biology, 17(85), 1-13.
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2017 Abbas, H., Wilkinson, M., & Tricker, P. (2017). Detection of siRNA-Directed DNA Methylation and Gene Silencing in Response to Salinity Stress. Iraqi Journal of Biotechnology, 16(2), 89-110. 2015 Ferdous, J., Li, Y., Reid, N., Langridge, P., Shi, B., & Tricker, P. (2015). Identification of reference genes for quantitative expression analysis of microRNAs and mRNAs in barley under various stress conditions. PLoS One, 10(3), e0118503-1-e0118503-20.
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2015 Tricker, P. (2015). Transgenerational inheritance or resetting of stress-induced epigenetic modifications: two sides of the same coin. Frontiers in Plant Science, 6(september), 699-1-699-6.
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2015 Ferdous, J., Li, Y., Reid, N., Langridge, P., Shi, B. -J., & Tricker, P. J. (2015). Identification of Reference Genes for Quantitative Expression Analysis of MicroRNAs and mRNAs in Barley under Various Stress Conditions (vol 10, e0118503, 2015). PLOS ONE, 10(5), 1 page.
2013 Tricker, P., López, C. R., Hadley, P., Wagstaff, C., & Wilkinson, M. (2013). Pre-conditioning the epigenetic response to high vapor pressure deficit increases the drought tolerance of Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Signaling and Behavior, 8(10), e25974-1-e25974-3.
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2013 Tricker, P., Rodriguez Lopez, C., Gibbings, J., Hadley, P., & Wilkinson, M. (2013). Transgenerational, dynamic methylation of stomata genes in response to low relative humidity. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 14(4), 6674-6689.
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2012 Tricker, P., Gibbings, J., Rodriguez Lopez, C., Hadley, P., & Wilkinson, M. (2012). Low relative humidity triggers RNA-directed de novo DNA methylation and suppression of genes controlling stomatal development. Journal of Experimental Botany, 63(10), 3799-3814.
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2011 Daymond, A., Tricker, P., & Hadley, P. (2011). Genotypic variation in photosynthesis in cacao is correlated with stomatal conductance and leaf nitrogen. Biologia Plantarum, 55(1), 99-104.
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2010 Johnson, L. J., & Tricker, P. J. (2010). Epigenomic plasticity within populations: its evolutionary significance and potential. Heredity, 105(1), 113-121.
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2009 Tricker, P., Pecchiari, M., Bunn, S., Vaccari, F., Peressotti, A., Miglietta, F., & Taylor, G. (2009). Water use of a bioenergy plantation increases in a future high CO₂ world. Biomass and Bioenergy, 33(2), 200-208.
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2009 Tricker, P. J., Pecchiari, M., Bunn, S. M., Vaccari, F. P., Peressotti, A., Miglietta, F., & Taylor, G. (2009). Water use of a bioenergy plantation increases in a future high CO(2) world. Biomass and Bioenergy, 33, 200-208. 2007 Rae, A., Tricker, P., Bunn, S., & Taylor, G. (2007). Adaptation of tree growth to elevated CO<inf>2</inf>: Quantitative trait loci for biomass in Populus. New Phytologist, 175(1), 59-69.
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2006 Taylor, G., Tricker, P. J., Graham, L. E., Tallis, M. J., Rae, A. M., Trewin, H., & Street, N. R. (2006). The potential of genomics and genetics in free air carbon dioxide enrichment experiments. 2005 Irfan, M., Husnain, T., Tricker, P. J., Taylor, G., & Riazuddin, S. (2005). Gene-chip technology and its application. PROCEEDINGS-PAKISTAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, 42, 199. 2005 Taylor, G., Street, N., Tricker, P., Sjödin, A., Graham, L., Skogström, O., . . . Jansson, S. (2005). The transcriptome of Populus in elevated CO<inf>2</inf>. New Phytologist, 167(1), 143-154.
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2005 Tricker, P., Trewin, H., Kull, O., Clarkson, G., Eensalu, E., Tallis, M., . . . Taylor, G. (2005). Stomatal conductance and not stomatal density determines the long-term reduction in leaf transpiration of poplar in elevated CO<inf>2</inf>. Oecologia, 143(4), 652-660.
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2004 Tricker, P., Calfapietra, C., Kuzminsky, E., Puleggi, R., Ferris, R., Nathoo, M., . . . Taylor, G. (2004). Long-term acclimation of leaf production, development, longevity and quality following 3 yr exposure to free-air CO<inf>2</inf> enrichment during canopy closure in Populus. New Phytologist, 162(2), 413-426.
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2003 Taylor, G., Tricker, P. J., Zhang, F. Z., Alston, V. J., Miglietta, F., & Kuzminsky, E. (2003). Spatial and temporal effects of free-air CO<inf>2</inf> enrichment (POPFACE) on leaf growth, cell expansion, and cell production in a closed canopy of poplar. Plant Physiology, 131(1), 177-185.
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— Habti, A. E., Fleury, D., Jewell, N., Garnett, T., & Tricker, P. J. (n.d.). Tolerance of combined drought and heat stress is associated with transpiration maintenance and water soluble carbohydrates in wheat grains.
Year Citation 2019 Shahinnia, F., Tricker, P., Hajirezaei, M. -R., & Chen, Z. (2019). Genetics and Genomics of Stomatal Traits for Improvement of Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Cereals. In V. R. Rajpal (Ed.), Genomics Assisted Breeding of Crops for Abiotic Stress Tolerance, Vol. II (Vol. 2, pp. 1-20). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
2016 Tricker, P., Haefele, S., & Okamoto, M. (2016). The interaction of drought and nutrient stress in wheat: Opportunities and limitations. In P. Ahmad (Ed.), Water Stress and Crop Plants: A Sustainable Approach (Vol. 2, pp. 695-710). United Kingdom: Wiley.
2006 Taylor, G., Tricker, P. J., Graham, L. E., Tallis, M. J., Rae, A. M., Trewin, H., & Street, N. R. (2006). The potential of genomics and genetics to understand plant response to elevated atmospheric [CO2]. In Managed Ecosystems and CO2 (pp. 351-371). Springer. — Tricker, P. J., Haefele, S. M., & Okamoto, M. (n.d.). The interaction of drought and nutrient stress in wheat. In Water Stress and Crop Plants (pp. 695-710). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Year Citation 2019 Kostecki, R., Zhang, B., El Habti, A., Arman, A., Hutchinson, M., Tricker, P., . . . Ebendorff-Heidepriem, H. (2019). Reversible protein carbonylation in-vivo biosensor. In osapublishing.org Vol. Part F166-Sensors 2019 (pp. 1-2). online: OSA.
2019 Kostecki, R., Zhang, B., El Habti, A., Arman, A., Hutchinson, M., Tricker, P., . . . Ebendorff-Heidepriem, H. (2019). Optical fiber based in-vivo oxidative stress biosensor. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering Vol. 11202 (pp. 1-3). online: SPIE.
2008 Tricker, P., Gibbings, G., Cryer, N., Hadley, P., & Wilkinson, M. (2008). Epigenetic control of stomatal number in response to humidity environment. In Abstracts of the Annual Main Meeting of the Society of Experimental Biology, 6th - 10th July 2008, Marseille, France, as published in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology Vol. 150 (pp. S190-S191). Marseille, France: Elsevier.
2005 Rodriguez-Acosta, M., Rae, A., Graham, L., Tricker, P., Hemersley, A., Street, N., & Taylor, G. (2005). Leaf growth and development of Populus - Is cell expansion or cell production most important?. In COMPARATIVE BIOCHEMISTRY AND PHYSIOLOGY A-MOLECULAR & INTEGRATIVE PHYSIOLOGY Vol. 141 (pp. S284). ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC.
Year Citation 2011 Tricker, P. J., Rodriguez Lopez, C. M., Wilkinson, M. J., & Hadley, P. (2011). WO 2011157995 A1, Method for producing a stress tolerant plant or precursor thereof.
Year Citation — Fruzangohar, M., Kalashyan, E., Kalambettu, P., Ens, J., Wiebe, K., Pozniak, C., . . . Baumann, U. (n.d.). Durum Exome Capture Reference (DECaR).
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - 2020 Principal Supervisor A Multiple 'Omics' Approach to Study the Interaction between the Vitis Vinifera Transcriptome and Epigenome and the Barossa Valley Terroir Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Pastor Jullian Fabres 2016 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Physiological Traits for Tolerance to Combined Drought and Heat Stress in Wheat Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Abdeljalil El Habti 2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Identification of Novel Loci and Alleles for Drought and Heat Stress Tolerance in Wheat Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jessica Schmidt 2015 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Characterization of Wheat Cuticle and Wheat Cuticle-Related Transcription Factor Genes in Relation to Drought Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Huihui Bi 2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Genes, haplotypes and physiological traits associated with a chromosome 3B locus for wheat improvement in hot climates Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Pauline Thomelin 2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Identification of drought responsive microRNAs and functional analysis of a sample microRNA for drought tolerance in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Jannatul Ferdous 2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Differential Allele Response to Drought and Heat at Two Closely-Linked Quantitative Trait Loci on Chromosome 7A in Wheat (Triticum Aestivum L.) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Fabio Arsego
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