Penny Tricker

Penny Tricker

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.

 

 

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Incorporation of Epichloë endophytes into wheat germplasm 

 

Grasslanz Technology Ltd.

Stuart Roy

 

 

 

Priyanka Kalambettu

 

Manipulation of Stomata to Increase Yield Potential in Wheat

GRDC (IWYP)

Stuart Roy

 
   

Nora Foroud

AAFC/AAC

   

Tracy Lawson

University of Essex

       

CRACQ – Clone the RAC875 QTL for Drought and Heat Tolerance in Wheat

FSOV

Mickael Throude 

Limagrain

   

Matthieu Bogard 

Arvalis

       

‘The Wheat Hub’ Genetic diversity and molecular breeding for wheat in a hot and dry climate

ARC

Stuart Roy

Juan Juttner (GRDC)

   

Ute Baumann

 
   

Ramesh Raja Segaran

Dan Mullan (Intergrain)

   

Stan Miklavcic (UniSA)

Tristan Coram (AGT)

   

Brent Kaiser (University of Sydney)

Bertus Jacobs (LongReach Plant Breeders)

A Molecular Diversity Drive for Precision-Engineered Wheat.

Government of South Australia, Dept. for Skills and Innovation

Curtis Pozniak

CDC University of Saskatchewan (Canada)

   

Carla Ceoloni

DAFNE Universita di Tuscia (Italy)

   

Delphine Fleury

ACPFG (Australia)

   

Ute Baumann

ACPFG (Australia)

   

Peter Langridge

 

Epi-breeding – Using the epigenetic memory of stress to prime grapevines for a changing environment.

Wine Australia

Carlos Rodriguez Lopez

University of Kentucky
   

Everard Edwards

CSIRO

   

Ute Baumann

 
   

Roberta De Bei

 
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  • 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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