School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
My research focuses on understanding the signatures of drought and heat tolerance in the genomes and epigenomes of wheat, barley and grapevine, including: association studies for loci underlying combined drought and heat tolerance of wheat, the transgenerational epigenetic regulation of the genome in response to abiotic stress, post-transcriptional regulation of barley gene expression, the incorporation of wild relatives chromosomes' into durum wheat and high-throughput generation and characterisation of functional mutants.
I completed a PhD in Plant Biology at the University of Southampton (U.K.), investigating leaf development and water relations under elevated CO2 and graduating in December 2004. I followed with a short post-doc in collaboration with Rothamsted Research using forward genetics for breeding research for biomass energy trees. I then moved to the University of Reading and, in collaboration with IBERS Aberystwyth, worked with Mike Wilkinson and Paul Hadley 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, subsequently, the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics. I am a Research Fellow in the Genetics and Genomics Group using both forward and reverse genetic approaches to improve the tolerance of wheat, barley and grapevine to abiotic stresses including drought and heat. I have particular responsibility for durum wheat research and lead a collaboration 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.
My research focuses on understanding the signatures of drought and heat tolerance in the genomes and epigenomes of wheat, barley and grapevine, including: association studies for loci underlying combined drought and heat tolerance of wheat, the transgenerational epigenetic regulation of the genome in response to abiotic stress, post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression, the incorporation of wild relatives chromosomes' into durum wheat and high-throughput generation and characterisation of functional mutants.
Year Citation 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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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. (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. 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 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 CO2. 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 CO2 enrichment during canopy closure in Populus. New Phytologist, 162(2), 413-426.
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2003 Taylor, G., Tricker, P., Zhang, F., Alston, V., 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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Year Citation 2016 Tricker, P., Haefele, S. M., & 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.
Year Citation 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.
My work is supported by the Premier’s Research and Industry Fund grant provided by the South Australian Government Department of State Development, the Australian Research Council's Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Wheat in a Hot and Dry Climate and the Australian Grape and Wine Authority.
|A Molecular Diversity Drive for Precision-Engineered Wheat.||Government of South Australia, Dept. for State Development||C. Pozniak||CDC University of Saskatchewan (Canada)|
|C. Ceoloni||DAFNE Universita di Tuscia (Italy)|
|D. Fleury||ACPFG (Australia)|
|U. Baumann||ACPFG (Australia)|
|Epi-breeding – Using the epigenetic memory of stress to prime grapevines for a changing environment.||Australian Grape and Wine Authority||C. Rodriguez Lopez||
|R. De Bei|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 Principal Supervisor Decoding The Unique Terroir of Australian Wines Using Multi-Omics Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Pastor Jullian Fabres 2016 Principal Supervisor Combined Drought and Heat Tolerance of Wheat Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Abdeljalil El Habti 2016 Co-Supervisor Genome Wide Association Study of Drought and Heat Tolerance in Wheat Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jessica Schmidt
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 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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