Professor Rachel Burton

Rachel Burton
Node Leader - ARC CoE in Plant Cell Walls
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

My expertise is in the areas of plant molecular biology and plant functional genomics, particularly as it relates to cell wall biosynthesis, re-modeling and degradation and the impact these biological processes have on end use quality of cereals and biomass. Research in this area is mainly focused on barley as we have access to an excellent genetic transformation system and extensive genetic resources but we are now developing resources in other cereals and Plantago species. The gene families I have a particular interest in include the cellulose synthases, the mixed link beta-glucan synthases and the xylan synthases. Cellulose content is likely to have an impact on plant strength and is of central importance in the use of plants as a feedstock for biofuel production, whilst mixed-link glucans and arabinoxylans have major human health benefits and also crucially impact digestibility of animal feed and steps in brewing and baking processes. I also have an interest in the development and application of novel experimental methods for transcript profiling and gene discovery in plants.

Connect With Me

External Profiles

Other Links

Professor Rachel Burton

My expertise is in the areas of plant molecular biology and plant functional genomics, particularly as it relates to cell wall biosynthesis, re-modeling and degradation and the impact these biological processes have on end use quality of cereals and biomass. Research in this area is mainly focused on barley as we have access to an excellent genetic transformation system and extensive genetic resources but we are now developing resources in other cereals and Plantago species. The gene families I have a particular interest in include the cellulose synthases, the mixed link beta-glucan synthases and the xylan synthases. Cellulose content is likely to have an impact on plant strength and is of central importance in the use of plants as a feedstock for biofuel production, whilst mixed-link glucans and arabinoxylans have major human health benefits and also crucially impact digestibility of animal feed and steps in brewing and baking processes. I also have an interest in the development and application of novel experimental methods for transcript profiling and gene discovery in plants.

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

Research Interests

My expertise is in the areas of plant molecular biology and plant functional genomics, particularly as it relates to cell wall biosynthesis, re-modeling and degradation and the impact these biological processes have on end use quality of cereals and biomass. Research in this area is mainly focused on barley as we have access to an excellent genetic transformation system and extensive genetic resources but we are now developing resources in other cereals and Plantago species. The gene families I have a particular interest in include the cellulose synthases, the mixed link beta-glucan synthases and the xylan synthases.  Cellulose content is likely to have an impact on plant strength and is of central importance in the use of plants as a feedstock for biofuel production, whilst mixed-link glucans and arabinoxylans have major human health benefits and also crucially impact digestibility of animal feed and steps in brewing and baking processes. I also have an interest in the development and application of novel experimental methods for transcript profiling and gene discovery in plants.

Recent publications of my research include "Dissecting the Genetic Basis for Seed Coat Mucilage Heteroxylan Biosynthesis in Plantago ovata Using Gamma Irradiation and Infrared Spectroscopy" in Frontiers in Plant Science (https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2017.00326) and "Differences in glycosyltransferase family 61 accompany variation in seed coat mucilage composition in Plantago spp." in Journal of Experimental Botany (https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erw424).

Journal Cover Image
One of our images on the journal cover
Staining patterns of seed from Plantago
Summary of RR staining patterns of seed from P. ovata WT and putative mutants from the Frontiers in Plant Science Publication

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tequila plant offers fuel for the future

Biofuels have an important role to play in our future, in terms of securing fuel supplies, addressing climate change, and creating new industry in South Australia.

Professor Rachel Burton from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, is exploring a range of potential sources of biofuel. Their research on agave, the desert plant best known for producing tequila, shows that this fast-growing, highly water use efficient plan could be an ideal source of biofuel and other biochemical products in the future. “Bioethanol yields from agave fermentation could rival the most successful biofuel feedstock crops around the world,” says Rachel. “Importantly, it doesn’t compete with food crops, it’s fast growing so the whole plant could be used rather than just harvesting the leaves, and it is up to 10 times more water efficient than some other crop plants.” And this makes it ideal for the broad expanses of arid land in South Australia, providing potential for future farming and industry in our state.

Rachel and her team are working with AusAgave who have trial sites of agave established in Ayr in northern Queensland and Whyalla, South Australia.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2016 Professor University of Adelaide
2014 - 2015 Director University of Adelaide
2012 - 2015 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
2005 - 2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
1992 John Innes Centre United Kingdom PhD

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Lauer, J., Yap, K., Cu, S., Burton, R., & Eglinton, J. (2017). Novel barley (1→3,1→4)-β-glucan endohydrolase alleles confer increased enzyme thermostability. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 65(2), 421-428.
DOI
2017 Lauer, J., Cu, S., Burton, R., & Eglinton, J. (2017). Variation in barley (1 → 3, 1 →4)-β-glucan endohydrolases reveals novel allozymes with increased thermostability. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 130(5), 1053-1063.
DOI
2017 Tucker, M., Ma, C., Phan, J., Neumann, K., Shirley, N., Hahn, M., . . . Burton, R. (2017). Dissecting the genetic basis for seed coat mucilage heteroxylan biosynthesis in plantago ovata using gamma irradiation and infrared spectroscopy. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8, 326-1-326-14.
DOI
2017 Chowdhury, J., Lück, S., Rajaraman, J., Douchkov, D., Shirley, N., Schwerdt, J., . . . Little, A. (2017). Altered expression of genes implicated in xylan biosynthesis affects penetration resistance against powdery mildew. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8, 445-1-445-12.
DOI
2017 Betts, N., Berkowitz, O., Liu, R., Collins, H., Skadhauge, B., Dockter, C., . . . Fincher, G. (2017). Isolation of tissues and preservation of RNA from intact, germinated barley grain. The Plant Journal, 91(4), 754-765.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
2017 Mitra, S., Lahnstein, J., James, A., Fenton, H., Burton, R., Cato, L., & Solah, V. (2017). Effect of processing on viscosity and molecular weight of (1,3)(1,4)-β-glucan in western australian oat cultivars. Cereal Chemistry, 94(3), 625-632.
DOI
2017 Hassan, A., Houston, K., Lahnstein, J., Shirley, N., Schwerdt, J., Gidley, M., . . . Burton, R. (2017). A Genome Wide Association Study of arabinoxylan content in 2-row spring barley grain. PLoS ONE, 12(8), e0182537-1-e0182537-19.
DOI
2017 Xing, X., Hsieh, Y., Yap, K., Ang, M., Lahnstein, J., Tucker, M., . . . Bulone, V. (2017). Isolation and structural elucidation by 2D NMR of planteose, a major oligosaccharide in the mucilage of chia (Salvia hispanica L.) seeds. Carbohydrate Polymers, 175, 231-240.
DOI
2017 Norris, J., Li, X., Huang, S., Van De Meene, A., Tran, M., Killeavy, E., . . . Roberts, A. (2017). Functional specialization of cellulose synthase isoforms in a moss shows parallels with seed plants. Plant Physiology, 175(1), 210-222.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
2017 Betts, N., Wilkinson, L., Khor, S., Shirley, N., Lok, F., Skadhauge, B., . . . Collins, H. (2017). Morphology, carbohydrate distribution, gene expression, and enzymatic activities related to cell wall hydrolysis in four barley varieties during simulated malting. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8, 15 pages.
DOI
2017 Wu, D., Liang, W., Zhu, W., Chen, M., Ferrandiz, C., Burton, R. A., . . . Zhang, D. (2017). Loss of LOFSEP transcription factor function converts Spikelet to Leaf-like Structures in Rice.. Plant physiology.
DOI
2017 Lim, W. L., Collins, H. M., Singh, R. R., Kibble, N. A., Yap, K., Taylor, J., . . . Burton, R. A. (2017). Method for hull-less barley transformation and manipulation of grain mixed-linkage beta-glucan.. Journal of integrative plant biology.
DOI
2016 Cu, S., Collins, H., Betts, N., March, T., Janusz, A., Stewart, D., . . . Fincher, G. (2016). Water uptake in barley grain: physiology; genetics and industrial applications. Plant Science, 242, 260-269.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC1
2016 Cu, S., March, T., Stewart, S., Degner, S., Coventry, S., Box, A., . . . Eglinton, J. (2016). Genetic analysis of grain and malt quality in an elite barley population. Molecular Breeding, 36(9), 129-1-129-16.
DOI Scopus1
2016 Phan, J., Tucker, M., Khor, S., Shirley, N., Lahnstein, J., Beahan, C., . . . Burton, R. (2016). Differences in glycosyltransferase family 61 accompany variation in seed coat mucilage composition in Plantago spp.. Journal of Experimental Botany, 67(22), 6481-6495.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC2
2016 Hsieh, Y., Zhang, Q., Yap, K., Shirley, N., Lahnstein, J., Nelson, C., . . . Fincher, G. (2016). Genetics, transcriptional profiles, and catalytic properties of the UDP-Arabinose mutase family from barley. Biochemistry, 55(2), 322-334.
DOI Scopus5 WoS5 Europe PMC3
2016 Zhang, R., Tucker, M., Burton, R., Shirley, N., Little, A., Morris, J., . . . Fincher, G. (2016). The dynamics of transcript abundance during cellularization of developing barley endosperm. Plant Physiology, 170(3), 1549-1565.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
2016 Dimitroff, G., Little, A., Lahnstein, J., Schwerdt, J., Srivastava, V., Bulone, V., . . . Fincher, G. (2016). (1,3;1,4)-β-glucan biosynthesis by the CSLF6 enzyme: position and flexibility of catalytic residues influence product fine structure. Biochemistry, 55(13), 2054-2061.
DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
2016 Marcotuli, I., Houston, K., Schwerdt, J., Waugh, R., Fincher, G., Burton, R., . . . Gadaleta, A. (2016). Genetic diversity and genome wide association study of β-glucan content in tetraploid wheat grains. PLoS One, 11(4), e0152590-1-e0152590-15.
DOI Scopus7 WoS6 Europe PMC5
2016 Marcotuli, I., Hsieh, Y., Lahnstein, J., Yap, K., Burton, R., Blanco, A., . . . Gadaleta, A. (2016). Structural variation and content of arabinoxylans in endosperm and bran of durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L.). Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 64(14), 2883-2892.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3
2016 Hocking, B., Tyerman, S., Burton, R., & Gilliham, M. (2016). Fruit calcium: transport and physiology. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7(APR2016), 569-1-569-17.
DOI Scopus15 WoS17 Europe PMC7
2016 Byrt, C., Betts, N., Tan, H., Lim, W., Ermawar, R., Nguyen, H., . . . Burton, R. (2016). Prospecting for energy-rich renewable raw materials : Sorghum stem case study. PLoS One, 11(5), e0156638-1-e0156638-20.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
2016 Corbin, K., Betts, N., van Holst, N., Jiranek, V., Chambers, D., Byrt, C., . . . Burton, R. (2016). Low-input fermentations of agave tequilana leaf juice generate high returns on ethanol yields. BioEnergy Research, 9(4), 1142-1154.
DOI
2016 Chowdhury, J., Schober, M., Shirley, N., Singh, R., Jacobs, A., Douchkov, D., . . . Little, A. (2016). Down-regulation of the glucan synthase-like 6 gene (HvGsl6) in barley leads to decreased callose accumulation and increased cell wall penetration by Blumeria graminis f. sp. hordei. New Phytologist, 212(2), 434-443.
DOI Scopus5 WoS4 Europe PMC2
2016 Douchkov, D., Lueck, S., Hensel, G., Kumlehn, J., Rajaraman, J., Johrde, A., . . . Schweizer, P. (2016). The barley (Hordeum vulgare) cellulose synthase-like D2 gene (HvCslD2) mediates penetration resistance to host-adapted and nonhost isolates of the powdery mildew fungus. New Phytologist, 212(2), 421-433.
DOI Scopus7 WoS7 Europe PMC5
2015 Schwerdt, J., MacKenzie, K., Wright, F., Oehme, D., Wagner, J., Harvey, A., . . . Fincher, G. (2015). Evolutionary dynamics of the cellulose synthase gene superfamily in grasses. Plant Physiology, 168(3), 968-983.
DOI Scopus12 WoS10 Europe PMC7
2015 Betts, N. S., Fox, G. P., Kelly, A. M., Cruickshank, A. W., Lahnstein, J., Henderson, M., . . . Burton, R. A. (2015). Non-cellulosic cell wall polysaccharides are subject to genotype × environment effects in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) grain. Journal of Cereal Science, 63, 64-71.
DOI Scopus1 WoS2
2015 Corbin, K., Hsieh, Y., Betts, N., Byrt, C., Henderson, M., Stork, J., . . . Burton, R. (2015). Grape marc as a source of carbohydrates for bioethanol: chemical composition, pre-treatment and saccharification. Bioresource Technology, 193, 76-83.
DOI Scopus22 WoS17 Europe PMC3
2015 Marcotuli, I., Houston, K., Waugh, R., Fincher, G., Burton, R., Blanco, A., & Gadaleta, A. (2015). Genome wide association mapping for arabinoxylan content in a collection of tetraploid wheats. PLoS One, 10(7), e0132787-1-e0132787-14.
DOI Scopus13 WoS13 Europe PMC8
2015 Houston, K., Burton, R., Sznajder, B., Rafalski, A., Dhugga, K., Mather, D., . . . Fincher, G. (2015). A genome-wide association study for culm cellulose content in barley reveals candidate genes co-expressed with members of the Cellulose synthase A gene family. PLoS One, 10(7), e0130890-1-e0130890-21.
DOI Scopus6 WoS4 Europe PMC4
2015 Corbin, K., Byrt, C., Bauer, S., DeBolt, S., Chambers, D., Holtum, J., . . . Burton, R. (2015). Prospecting for energy-rich renewable raw materials: agave leaf case study. PLoS One, 10(8), e0135382-1-e0135382-23.
DOI Scopus17 WoS12 Europe PMC3
2015 Ermawar, R., Collins, H., Byrt, C., Betts, N., Henderson, M., Shirley, N., . . . Burton, R. (2015). Distribution, structure and biosynthetic gene families of (1,3;1,4)-β-glucan in Sorghum bicolor. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 57(4), 429-445.
DOI Scopus5 WoS5 Europe PMC6
2015 Aditya, J., Lewis, J., Shirley, N., Tan, H., Henderson, M., Fincher, G., . . . Tucker, M. (2015). The dynamics of cereal cyst nematode infection differ between susceptible and resistant barley cultivars and lead to changes in (1,3;1,4)-β-glucan levels and HvCslF gene transcript abundance. New Phytologist, 207(1), 135-147.
DOI Scopus9 WoS9 Europe PMC5
2015 Tan, H., Shirley, N., Singh, R., Henderson, M., Dhugga, K., Mayo, G., . . . Burton, R. (2015). Powerful regulatory systems and post-transcriptional gene silencing resist increases in cellulose content in cell walls of barley. BMC Plant Biology, 15(1), 62-1-62-16.
DOI Scopus7 WoS7 Europe PMC7
2015 Wong, S., Shirley, N., Little, A., Khoo, K., Schwerdt, J., Fincher, G., . . . Mather, D. (2015). Differential expression of the HvCslF6 gene late in grain development may explain quantitative differences in (1,3;1,4)-β-glucan concentration in barley. Molecular Breeding, 35(1), 20-1-20-12.
DOI Scopus3 WoS2
2015 Ermawar, R., Collins, H., Byrt, C., Henderson, M., O'Donovan, L., Shirley, N., . . . Burton, R. (2015). Genetics and physiology of cell wall polysaccharides in the model C₄ grass, Setaria viridis spp. BMC Plant Biology, 15(1), 236-1-236-18.
DOI Scopus3 WoS2 Europe PMC2
2014 Athman, A., Tanz, S., Conn, V., Jordans, C., Mayo, G., Ng, W., . . . Gilliham, M. (2014). Protocol: a fast and simple in situ PCR method for localising gene expression in plant tissue. Plant Methods, 10(1), 29-1-29-19.
DOI Scopus13 WoS12 Europe PMC8
2014 Burton, R., & Fincher, G. (2014). Evolution and development of cell walls in cereal grains. Frontiers in Plant Science, 5(Sep), 456-1-456-15.
DOI Scopus27 WoS24 Europe PMC11
2014 Houston, K., Russell, J., Schreiber, M., Halpin, C., Oakey, H., Washington, J., . . . Waugh, R. (2014). A genome wide association scan for (1,3;1,4)-β-glucan content in the grain of contemporary 2-row Spring and Winter barleys. BMC Genomics, 15(1), 907-1-907-15.
DOI Scopus16 WoS14 Europe PMC10
2014 Chowdhury, M., Henderson, M., Schweizer, P., Burton, R., Fincher, G., & Little, A. (2014). Differential accumulation of callose, arabinoxylan and cellulose in nonpenetrated versus penetrated papillae on leaves of barley infected with Blumeria graminis f. sp. hordei. New Phytologist, 204(3), 650-660.
DOI Scopus23 WoS23 Europe PMC21
2014 Schreiber, M., Wright, F., MacKenzie, K., Hedley, P., Schwerdt, J., Little, A., . . . Halpin, C. (2014). The barley genome sequence assembly reveals three additional members of the CslF (1,3;1,4)-β-glucan synthase gene family. PLoS One, 9(3), e90888-1-e90888-9.
DOI Scopus14 WoS11 Europe PMC9
2014 Zhang, Q., Cheetamun, R., Dhugga, K., Rafalski, J., Tingey, S., Shirley, N., . . . Fincher, G. (2014). Spatial gradients in cell wall composition and transcriptional profiles along elongating maize internodes. BMC Plant Biology, 14(1), 27-1-27-19.
DOI Scopus19 WoS19 Europe PMC13
2014 Burton, R., & Fincher, G. (2014). Plant cell wall engineering: Applications in biofuel production and improved human health. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 26, 79-84.
DOI Scopus20 WoS23 Europe PMC9
2013 Trafford, K., Haleux, P., Henderson, M., Parker, M., Shirley, N., Tucker, M., . . . Burton, R. (2013). Grain development in Brachypodium and other grasses: possible interactions between cell expansion, starch deposition, and cell-wall synthesis. Journal of Experimental Botany, 64(16), 5033-5047.
DOI Scopus16 WoS18 Europe PMC14
2013 Fincher, G., Burton, R., Pettolino, F., Doblin, M., Collins, H., Wilson, S., . . . Trafford, K. (2013). New technologies in cereal chemistry and related industries: From biochemistry to genome sequences.. CFW Plexus, (AACCI 2013 Annual Meeting).
DOI
2012 Burton, R., & Fincher, G. (2012). Current challenges in cell wall biology in the cereals and grasses. Frontiers in Plant Science, 3(JUN), 130-1-130-6.
DOI Scopus33 WoS26 Europe PMC15
2012 Buchanan, M., Burton, R., Dhugga, K., Rafalski, A., Tingey, S., Shirley, N., & Fincher, G. (2012). Endo-(1,4)-β-Glucanase gene families in the grasses: temporal and spatial Co-transcription of orthologous genes. BMC Plant Biology, 12(1), 1-19.
DOI Scopus14 WoS11 Europe PMC10
2012 Wilson, S., Burton, R., Collins, H., Doblin, M., Pettolino, F., Shirley, N., . . . Bacic, A. (2012). Pattern of deposition of cell wall polysaccharides and transcript abundance of related cell wall synthesis genes during differentiation in barley endosperm. Plant Physiology, 159(2), 655-670.
DOI Scopus22 WoS18 Europe PMC12
2012 Laidlaw, H., Lahnstein, J., Burton, R., Fincher, G., & Jobling, S. (2012). Analysis of the arabinoxylan arabinofuranohydrolase gene family in barley does not support their involvement in the remodelling of endosperm cell walls during development. Journal of Experimental Botany, 63(8), 3031-3045.
DOI Scopus7 WoS6 Europe PMC5
2011 Zhang, Q., Pettolino, F., Dhugga, K., Rafalski, J., Tingey, S., Taylor, J., . . . Fincher, G. (2011). Cell wall modifications in maize pulvini in response to gravitational stress. Plant Physiology, 156(4), 2155-2171.
DOI Scopus12 WoS11 Europe PMC6
2011 Conn, S., Gilliham, M., Athman, A., Schreiber, A., Baumann, U., Moller, I., . . . Leigh, R. (2011). Cell-specific vacuolar calcium storage mediated by CAX1 regulates apoplastic calcium concentration, gas exchange, and plant productivity in arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 23(1), 240-257.
DOI Scopus90 WoS83 Europe PMC47
2011 Burton, R., Collins, H., Kibble, N., Gilson, J., Shirley, N., Jobling, S., . . . Fincher, G. (2011). Over-expression of specific HvCslF cellulose synthase-like genes in transgenic barley increases the levels of cell wall (1,3;1,4)-β-D-glucans and alters their fine structure. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 9(2), 117-135.
DOI Scopus67 WoS58 Europe PMC40
2010 Burton, R., Gidley, M., & Fincher, G. (2010). Heterogeneity in the chemistry, structure and function of plant cell walls. Nature Chemical Biology, 6(10), 724-732.
DOI Scopus209 WoS194 Europe PMC120
2010 Collins, H., Burton, R., Topping, D., Liao, M. L., Bacic, A., & Fincher, G. (2010). Variability in fine structures of noncellulosic cell wall polysaccharides from cereal grains: Potential importance in human health and nutrition. Cereal Chemistry, 87(4), 272-282.
DOI Scopus67 WoS72
2010 Burton, R., Ma, G., Baumann, U., Harvey, A., Shirley, N., Taylor, J., . . . Fincher, G. (2010). A customized gene expression microarray reveals that the brittle stem phenotype fs2 of barley is attributable to a retroelement in the HvCesA4 cellulose synthase gene. Plant Physiology, 153(4), 1716-1728.
DOI Scopus21 WoS18 Europe PMC12
2010 Zhang, Q., Shirley, N., Burton, R., Lahnstein, J., Hrmova, M., & Fincher, G. (2010). The genetics, transcriptional profiles, and catalytic properties of UDP-α-D-xylose 4-epimerases from barley. Plant Physiology, 153(2), 555-568.
DOI Scopus12 WoS11 Europe PMC8
2010 Liu, Q., Zhang, Q., Burton, R., Shirley, N., & Atwell, B. (2010). Expression of vacuolar H⁺-pyrophosphatase (OVP3) is under control of an anoxia-inducible promoter in rice. Plant Molecular Biology, 72(1-2), 47-60.
DOI Scopus14 WoS20 Europe PMC13
2009 Dwivany, F., Yulia, D., Burton, R., Shirley, N., Wilson, S., Fincher, G., . . . Doblin, M. (2009). The cellulose-synthase like C (CSLC) family of barley includes members that are integral membrane proteins targeted to the plasma membrane. Molecular Plant, 2(5), 1025-1039.
DOI Scopus17 WoS17 Europe PMC10
2009 Burton, R., & Fincher, G. (2009). (1,3;1,4)-beta-D-glucans in cell walls of the Poaceae, lower plants, and fungi: A tale of two linkages. Molecular Plant, 2(5), 873-882.
DOI Scopus81 WoS79 Europe PMC63
2009 Schober, M., Burton, R., Shirley, N., Jacobs, A., & Fincher, G. (2009). Analysis of the (1,3)-beta-D-glucan synthase gene family of barley. Phytochemistry, 70(6), 713-720.
DOI Scopus15 WoS15 Europe PMC11
2009 Doblin, M., Pettolino, F., Wilson, S., Campbell, R., Burton, R., Fincher, G., . . . Bacic, A. (2009). A barley cellulose synthase-like CSLH gene mediates (1,3;1,4)-β-D-glucan synthesis in transgenic Arabidopsis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(14), 5996-6001.
DOI Scopus133 WoS128 Europe PMC79
2008 Schreiber, A., Shirley, N., Burton, R., & Fincher, G. (2008). Combining transcriptional datasets using the generalized singular value decomposition. BMC Bioinformatics, 2008(1), 1-15.
DOI Scopus9 WoS9 Europe PMC7
2008 Burton, R., Jobling, S., Harvey, A., Shirley, N., Mather, D., Bacic, A., & Fincher, G. (2008). The genetics and transcriptional profiles of the cellulose synthase-like HvCslF gene family in barley. Plant Physiology, 146(4), 1821-1833.
DOI Scopus130 WoS118 Europe PMC89
2006 Hrmova, M., Burton, R., Biely, P., Lahnstein, J., & Fincher, G. (2006). Hydrolysis of (1,4)-beta-D-mannans in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) is mediated by the concerted action of (1,4)-beta-D-mannan endohydrolase and beta-D-mannosidase. Biochemical Journal, 399 Part 1(1), 77-90.
DOI Scopus29 WoS31 Europe PMC22
2006 Mulvenna, J., Mylne, J., Bharathi, R., Burton, R., Shirley, N., Fincher, G., . . . Craik, D. (2006). Discovery of cyclotide-like protein sequences in graminaceous crop plants: Ancestral precursors of circular proteins?. Plant Cell, 18(9), 2134-2144.
DOI Scopus51 WoS55 Europe PMC34
2006 Wilson, S., Burton, R., Doblin, M., Stone, B., Newbigin, E., Fincher, G., & Bacic, A. (2006). Temporal and spatial appearance of wall polysaccharides during cellularization of barley (Hordeum vulgare) endosperm. Planta, 224(3), 655-667.
DOI Scopus86 WoS79 Europe PMC50
2006 Farrokhi, N., Burton, R., Brownfield, L., Hrmova, M., Wilson, S., Bacic, A., & Fincher, G. (2006). Plant cell wall biosynthesis: genetic, biochemical and functional genomics approaches to the identification of key genes. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 4(2), 145-167.
DOI Scopus109 WoS96 Europe PMC56
2006 Burton, R., Wilson, S., Hrmova, M., Harvey, A., Shirley, N., Medhurst, A., . . . Fincher, G. (2006). Cellulose synthase-like CslF genes mediate the synthesis of cell wall (1,3;1,4)-beta-D-glucans. Science, 311(5769), 1940-1942.
DOI Scopus242 WoS226 Europe PMC150
2005 Burton, R., Farrokhi, N., Bacic, A., & Fincher, G. (2005). Plant cell wall polysaccharide biosynthesis: real progress in the identification of participating genes. Planta, 221(3), 309-312.
DOI Scopus11 WoS11 Europe PMC6
2004 Burton, R., Shirley, N., King, B., Harvey, A., & Fincher, G. (2004). The CesA gene family of barley. Quantitative analysis of transcripts reveals two groups of co-expressed genes. Plant Physiology, 134(1), 224-236.
DOI Scopus193 WoS186 Europe PMC130
2003 Li, J., Burton, R., Harvey, A., Hrmova, M., Wardak, A., Stone, B., & Fincher, G. (2003). Biochemical evidence linking a putative callose synthase gene with (1→3)-β-d-glucan biosynthesis in barley. Plant Molecular Biology, 53(1), 213-225.
DOI Scopus43 WoS45 Europe PMC30
2003 Jacobs, A., Lipka, V., Burton, R., Panstruga, R., Strizhov, N., Schulze-Lefert, P., & Fincher, G. (2003). An Arabidopsis callose synthase, GSL5, is required for wound and papillary callose formation. Plant Cell, 15(11), 2503-2513.
DOI Scopus270 WoS257 Europe PMC184
2003 Lee, R., Hrmova, M., Burton, R., Lahnstein, J., & Fincher, G. (2003). Bifunctional family 3 glycoside hydrolases from barley with alpha-L-arabinofuranosidase and beta-D-xylosidase activity - Characterization, primary structures, and COOH-terminal processing. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 278(7), 5377-5387.
DOI Scopus125 WoS112 Europe PMC71
2002 Burton, R., Johnson, P., Beckles, D., Fincher, G., Jenner, H., Naldrett, M., & Denyer, K. (2002). Characterization of the genes encoding the cytosolic and plastidial forms of ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase in wheat endosperm. Plant Physiology, 130(3), 1464-1475.
DOI Scopus69 WoS62 Europe PMC34
2002 Burton, R., Jenner, H., Carrangis, L., Fahy, B., Fincher, G., Hylton, C., . . . Denyer, K. (2002). Starch granule initiation and growth are altered in barley mutants that lack isoamylase activity. Plant Journal, 31(1), 97-112.
DOI Scopus154 WoS140 Europe PMC78
2001 Lee, R., Burton, R., Hrmova, M., & Fincher, G. (2001). Barley arabinoxylan arabinofuranohydrolases: purification, characterization and determination of primary structures from cDNA clones. Biochemical Journal, 356(1), 181-189.
DOI Scopus71 WoS68 Europe PMC39
2001 Burton, R., Gibeaut, D., & Fincher, G. (2001). Functional analysis of polysaccharide synthases responsible for cell wall synthesis in higher plants. Progress in Biotechnology, 18(C), 77-84.
DOI
2001 LEE, R. C., BURTON, R. A., HRMOVA, M., & FINCHER, G. B. (2001). Barley arabinoxylan arabinofuranohydrolases: purification, characterization and determination of primary structures from cDNA clones. Biochemical Journal, 356(1), 181-189.
DOI
2000 Burton, R. A., Gibeaut, D. M., Bacic, A., Findlay, K., Roberts, K., Hamilton, A., . . . Fincher, G. B. (2000). Virus-Induced Silencing of a Plant Cellulose Synthase Gene. The Plant Cell, 12(5), 691.
DOI
2000 Burton, R., Gibeaut, D., Bacic, A., Findlay, K., Roberts, K., Hamilton, A., . . . Fincher, G. (2000). Virus-induced silencing of a plant cellulose synthase gene. The Plant Cell, 12(5), 691-705.
DOI Scopus177 WoS158 Europe PMC104
1999 Burton, R., Zhang, X., Hrmova, M., & Fincher, G. (1999). A single limit dextrinase gene is expressed both in the developing endosperm and in germinated grains of barley. Plant Physiology, 119(3), 859-871.
DOI Scopus50 WoS50 Europe PMC30
1998 Burton, R., Qi, Z., Roulin, S., & Fincher, G. (1998). Gene structure and a possible cytoplasmic location for (1(r)3)-b-glucanase isoenzyme GI from barley (Hordeum vulgare). Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology, 135(1), 39-47.
DOI Scopus9 WoS7
1997 Stewart, R., Varghese, J., Garrett, T., Burton, R., Qureshi, J., Hoj, P., & Fincher, G. (1997). Protein engineering of a thermostable barley (1,3;1,4)-beta-glucanase.. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 114(3), 1596.
1997 Bewley, J., Burton, R., Morohashi, Y., Nonogaki, H., & Fincher, G. (1997). A cDNA encoding an endo-beta-mannanase from germinated tomato seeds.. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 114(3), 1525.
1997 Bewley, J., Burton, R., Morohashi, Y., & Fincher, G. (1997). Molecular cloning of a cDNA encoding a (1→4)-β-mannan endohydrolase from the seeds of germinated tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum). Planta, 203(4), 454-459.
DOI Scopus53 WoS51 Europe PMC18
1995 Burton, R., Bewley, J., Smith, A., Bhattacharyya, M., Tatge, H., Ring, S., . . . Martin, C. (1995). Starch branching enzymes belonging to distinct enzyme families are differentially expressed during pea embryo development. The Plant Journal, 7(1), 3-15.
DOI Scopus125 WoS121 Europe PMC44
1995 DENVER, K., BARBER, L., BURTON, R., HEDLEY, C., HYLTON, C., JOHNSON, S., . . . WANG, T. (1995). The isolation and characterization of novel low‐amylose mutants of Pisum sativum L.. Plant, Cell & Environment, 18(9), 1019-1026.
DOI Scopus70 WoS76

Book Chapters

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2003 Jacobs, A., Lipka, V., Burton, R., Panstruga, R., Strizhov, N., Schulze-Lefert, P., & Fincher, G. (2003). Silencing callose synthase genes: effects on the formation of papillae, wound responses and on resistance to fungal infection. In C. K. Black, & J. F. Panozzo (Eds.), Proceedings of the 53rd Australian Cereal Chemistry Conference (pp. 64-66). North Melbourne, Australia: Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
2003 Burton, R., Gatford, K., Gooding, P., King, B., Shirley, N., Gibeaut, D., & Fincher, G. (2003). Rapid functional analysis of genes involved in cell wall synthesis of cereals. In C. K. Black, & J. F. Panozzo (Eds.), Proceedings of the 53rd Australian Cereal Chemistry Conference (pp. 44-47). North Melbourne, Australia: Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
2000 Li, J., Burton, R., Paech, N., Koltunow, A., Langridge, P., & Fincher, G. (2000). (1,3)-β-glucan synthases in barley. In D. S. J. Logue (Ed.), Proceedings of the 8th International Barley Genetics Symposium (pp. 109-110). Adelaide, Australia: Dept Plant Science.
2000 Lee, R., Burton, R., Hrmova, M., & Fincher, G. (2000). a-L-Arabinofuranosidases and a b-D-Xylosidases From Germinated Barley. In D. S. J. Logue (Ed.), Barley Genetics VIII - Proceedings of the 8th International Barley Genetics Symposium (pp. 224-226). Adelaide, Australia: Dept Plant Science, Adelaide University.
2000 Gibson, C., Sedgley, M., Burton, R., Logue, S., MacLeod, L., & Fincher, G. (2000). The Localization of Limit Dextrinase in Germinated Barley Grain. In D. S. J. Logue (Ed.), Barley Genetics VIII - Proceedings of the 8th International Barley Genetics Symposium (pp. 244-245). Adelaide, Australia: Dept Plant Science, Adelaide University.
2000 Burton, R., Van Wegen, S., MacGregor, A., & Fincher, G. (2000). The Limit Dextrinase Enzyme and its Inhibitor in Barley. In S. J. Logue (Ed.), Barley Genetics VIII - Proceedings of the 8th International Barley Genetics Symposium (pp. 223-224). Adelaide, Australia: Dept Plant Science, Adelaide University.
2000 Singh, R., Al-Nahdi, M., Stewart, R., Burton, R., Qureshi, J., Kemp, J., . . . Fincher, G. (2000). Transformation of Barley Using Microprojectile Bombardment and Agrobacterium-Mediated Procedures. In D. S. J. Logue (Ed.), Barley Genetics VIII - Proceedings of the 8th International Barley Genetics Symposium (pp. 126-127). Adelaide, Australia: Dept Plant Science, Adelaide University.
2000 Gibeaut, D., Burton, R., Lahnstein, J., Shirley, N., Bacic, A., & Fincher, G. (2000). Cell Wall Metabolism in Barley Coleoptiles. In D. S. J. Logue (Ed.), Barley Genetics VIII - Proceedings of the 8th International Barley Genetics Symposium (pp. 215-216). Adelaide, Australia: Dept Plant Science, Adelaide University.
2000 Burton, R., Gibeaut, D., & Fincher, G. (2000). Functional Analysis of Putative Cellulose Synthase Genes in Barley. In D. S. J. Logue (Ed.), Barley Genetics VIII - Proceedings of the 8th International Barley Genetics Symposium (pp. 179-181). Adelaide, Australia: Dept Plant Science, Adelaide University.
2000 Rutten, S., Hrmova, M., Burton, R., & Fincher, G. (2000). Altering the Substrate Specificity of Barley (13)-b-Glucan Endohydrolase Isoenzyme GII. In D. S. J. Logue (Ed.), Barley Genetics VIII - Proceedings of the 8th International Barley Genetics Symposium (pp. 123-125). Adelaide, Australia: Dept Plant Science, Adelaide University.

Conference Items

Year Citation
2013 Bacic, A., Doblin, M., Burton, R., Fincher, G., Jobling, S., & Gidley, M. (2013). The role of non-starchy polysaccharides ("soluble" dietary fibre), in particular (1,3;1,4)-beta-glucans and arabinoxylans, in promoting bowel health. Poster session presented at the meeting of PLANTA MEDICA. GEORG THIEME VERLAG KG.

Patents

Year Citation
2016 Burton, R., Fincher, G., & Bacic, A. (2016). 2617594, Polysaccharide Synthases (F). Canada.
2015 Burton, R., & Fincher, G. (2015). 2222853, Polysaccharide Synthases (H). France.
2015 Burton, R., & Fincher, G. (2015). 2222853, Polysaccharide Synthases (H). United Kingdom.
2015 Burton, R., & Fincher, G. (2015). 2222853, Polysaccharide Synthases (H). Germany.
2015 Burton, R., & Fincher, G. (2015). 5759176, Polysaccharide Synthases (H). Japan.
2015 Burton, R., & Fincher, G. (2015). 2222853, Polysaccharide Synthases (H). Europe.
2015 Burton, R., & Fincher, G. (2015). 2008341032, Polysaccharide Synthases (H). Australia.
2013 Doblin, M. S., Pettolino, F. A., Bacic, A., Jobling, S. A., Fincher, G. B., & Burton, R. A. (2013). 8,618,356, Polysaccharide Synthases (H). United States of America.
2013 Doblin, M. S., Pettolino, F. A., Bacic, A., Jobling, S. A., Fincher, G. B., & Burton, R. A. (2013). 586791, Polysaccharide Synthases (H). New Zealand.
2012 Doblin, M. S., Pettolino, F. A., Bacic, A., Jobling, S. A., Fincher, G. B., & Burton, R. A. (2012). 2006275315, Polysaccharide Synthases (F). Australia.
2011 Doblin, M. S., Pettolino, F. A., Bacic, A., Jobling, S. A., Fincher, G. B., & Burton, R. A. (2011). 565631, Polysaccharide Synthases (F). New Zealand.
2006 Burton, R., Fincher, G., & Bacic, A. (2006). WO/2007/014433, Polysaccharide Synthases. World.
Date Investigators Title Amount Role
2011-2017 GB Fincher, A Bacic, RA Burton, MJ Gidley ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls $19,250,000 Chief Investigator
2012-2015 RA Burton GRDC Postgraduate Scholarship $90,000 Lead Investigator
2013-2016 GB Fincher, RA Burton, J Eglinton, J Whelan, D Stewart, B Skadhauge Physiology
and Genetics of Barley Grain Germination in the Malting and Brewing Industries
$675,000 Chief Investigator
2013-2016 RA Burton GRDC Postgraduate Scholarship $90,000 Lead Investigator
2014 RA Burton GRDC Conference Funding $8,000 Sole applicant
2014-2018 S Miklavcic, P Langridge, J Cai, H Laga, S Haefele, RA Burton, B Duggan, J
Rosichan
Field and quasi-field phenotyping for the quantitative characterisation of wheat yield under stress $400,000 Chief Investigator
2014-2015 RA Burton Go8_Subcellular Localization of
Oligo Fructans and Related Metabolizing Enzymes Involved in nutrient import during barley grain development
$20,000 Sole applicant
2014-2015 Burton RA, Furbank R Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, The Plant Accelerator/HRPPC NCRIS 2 $3,442,000 Chief Investigator
2015 S Persson, L Tilley, P McMillan, A Bacic, J Bowman, RA Burton, M Anderson, B Dichtl, GB
Fincher, J Whelan, G McFadden, R Gleadow
Spinning disk confocal microscope with dual stages $346,439 Chief Investigator
2017-2019 D Zhang, RA Burton, M Kater, L Dreni, M Bennett The role of specific SEP-like genes
in determining cereal inflorescence architecture
$513,500 Chief Investigator

 

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2018 Principal Supervisor How Do Root Exudates Influence Plant Fitness and Yield? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jakob Schulz
2017 Principal Supervisor Analysis of Variable Plantago Mucilage Types Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr James Morgan Cowley
2017 Principal Supervisor Functional Analysis of Xylan Biosynthesis Candidate Genes from Barley and Plantago SPP Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kum Foeng Ang
2016 Principal Supervisor Analysis and Utility of Succulents Species as fuel Feedstocks Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Benjamin Geoffrey Keiller
2016 Co-Supervisor Genetics and Molecular Mechanisms of Inflorescence Development in Barley and Rice Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hendrik Nicolaas Johannes Kuijer
2015 Co-Supervisor Molecular and Genetic Characteristics of Early Aleurone Development in Barley and Wheat Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matthew Kevern Aubert
2015 Co-Supervisor Physiological and Molecular Cues Influencing Female Development in Cereal Crops Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Laura Gay Wilkinson
2014 Principal Supervisor Regulation of Reserve Carbohydrates in Cereals Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Wai Li Lim
2013 Principal Supervisor Genetic Analysis of Plantago Mucilage Mutants Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Jana Le-Lam-Thuy Phan
2013 Principal Supervisor Analysis of Genes Involved in Cereal Cyst Nematode Resistance in Barley Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Christopher Hakachite
1997 Principal Supervisor BARLEY GERMINATION / INSITU HYBRIDISATION Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Catherine Gibson

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor The Analysis of Grapevine Response to Smoke Exposure Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Lieke Van Der Hulst
2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Identification of Genes Involved in Biosynthesis of Arabinoxylans, Ferulic and P-coumaric Acid in Barley Grain Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ali Saleh Hassan Hassan
2013 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Genetic Variation in Barley (1-3,1-4)-Beta-Glucan Endohydrolases Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Juanita Christine Lauer-Smith
2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor The role of barley cell wall polysaccharides in host plant defence mechanisms against powdery mildew Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Md Jamil Chowdhury
2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Investigating the synthesis and regulation of (1,3;1,4)-ß-glucan biosynthesis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr George Dimitroff
2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Characterization of Agro-Industrial Residues and Development of Processing Strategies for Conversion to Bioethanol Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kendall Corbin
2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The Role of Calcium in the Cell Wall of Grape Berries Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Brad Hocking
2011 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Metabolic Engineering of C4 Grasses for Biofuel Applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Riksfardini Annisa Ermawar
2010 - 2017 Co-Supervisor The Evolutionary History and Dynamics of the Cellulose Synthase Superfamily Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Julian Schwerdt
2009 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Analysis of Cellulose Synthase Genes and Regulatory Elements in Barley and Arabidopsis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Hwei Tan
2009 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Regulation of (1,3;1,4)-beta-glucan synthesis in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) endosperm and leaf tissues Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sie Chuong Wong
2006 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Cellulose, Stem Strength and the Endo (1,4) B Glucanase Gene Family in Barley and Maize Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Margaret Buchanan
2005 - 2012 Co-Supervisor The Barley Expansin Family Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Maria Lombardi
2001 - 2006 Co-Supervisor Functional Analysis of Cell Wall-Related Barley Glycosyltransferases Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Naser Farrokhi
2001 - 2006 Co-Supervisor The Putative (1,3)-?-D-Glucan Synthase Gene Family in Hordeum vulgare Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Michael Scott Schober
1998 - 2003 Co-Supervisor (1R3)-b-D-Glucan Synthases Of Plants Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Andrew Jacobs
1998 - 2004 Co-Supervisor STUDIES ON (1-3)-_-GLUCAN SYNTHASES IN BARLEY Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Jing Li
1997 - 2002 Co-Supervisor Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Arabinoxylan Metabolism in Barley Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Robert Lee
Position
Node Leader - ARC CoE in Plant Cell Walls
Phone
83131057
Fax
8313 7116
Campus
Waite
Building
Wine Innovation Central, floor 4
Room Number
4 28
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

top