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.

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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.

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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).

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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 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. 10.3389/fpls.2017.00326
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. 10.1016/j.carbpol.2017.07.059
2017 Norris, J. H., Li, X., Huang, S., Van de Meene, A. M., Tran, M. L., Killeavy, E. ... Roberts, A. W. (2017). Functional Specialization of Cellulose Synthase Isoforms in a Moss Shows Parallels with Seed Plants. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 175, 1, 210-222. 10.1104/pp.17.00885
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. 10.1371/journal.pone.0182537
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. 10.3389/fpls.2017.00445
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. 10.1111/tpj.13600
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. 10.1007/s00122-017-2870-z
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. 10.1021/acs.jafc.6b04287
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. 10.1094/CCHEM-11-16-0268-R
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. 10.1104/pp.15.01690
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. 10.1111/nph.14065
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. 10.1371/journal.pone.0152590
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. 10.1021/acs.jafc.6b00103
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. 10.1021/acs.biochem.5b01055
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. 10.1016/j.plantsci.2015.08.009
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. O. Zabotina (Ed.). PLoS One, 11, 5, e0156638-1-e0156638-20. 10.1371/journal.pone.0156638
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. 10.1007/s12155-016-9755-x
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. 10.3389/fpls.2016.00569
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. 10.1021/acs.biochem.5b01384
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. 10.1007/s11032-016-0554-z
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. 10.1093/jxb/erw424
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. 10.1111/nph.14086
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. 10.1186/s12870-015-0624-0
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. P. Hernandez (Ed.). PLoS One, 10, 7, e0132787-1-e0132787-14. 10.1371/journal.pone.0132787
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. O. Zabotina (Ed.). PLoS One, 10, 7, e0130890-1-e0130890-21. 10.1371/journal.pone.0130890
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. 10.1111/jipb.12338
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. 10.1016/j.jcs.2015.02.007
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. 10.1016/j.biortech.2015.06.030
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. 10.1104/pp.15.00140
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. 10.1186/s12870-015-0448-y
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. 10.1007/s11032-015-0208-6
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. S. Davis (Ed.). PLoS One, 10, 8, e0135382-1-e0135382-23. 10.1371/journal.pone.0135382
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. 10.1111/nph.13349
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. 10.1186/1471-2229-14-27
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. 10.1111/nph.12974
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. 10.1186/1471-2164-15-907
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. 10.3389/fpls.2014.00456
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. S. Hazen (Ed.). PLoS One, 9, 3, e90888-1-e90888-9. 10.1371/journal.pone.0090888
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. 10.1186/1746-4811-10-29
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. 10.1016/j.copbio.2013.10.007
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, -. 10.1094/CPLEX-2013-1226-21W
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. 10.1093/jxb/ert292
2013 Oakes, J., O'Connor, B., Warg, L., Burton, R., Hock, A., Loader, J. ... Yang, I. (2013). Ozone enhances pulmonary innate immune response to a toll-like receptor-2 agonist. American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, 48, 1, 27-34. 10.1165/rcmb.2012-0187OC
2012 Warg, L., Oakes, J., Burton, R., Neidermyer, A., Rutledge, H., Groshong, S. ... Yang, I. (2012). The role of the E2F1 transcription factor in the innate immune response to systemic LPS. American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, 303, 5, L391-L400. 10.1152/ajplung.00369.2011
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. 10.3389/fpls.2012.00130
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. 10.1186/1471-2229-12-235
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. 10.1104/pp.111.192682
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. 10.1093/jxb/ers019
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. 10.1104/pp.111.179606
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. 10.1105/tpc.109.072769
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. 10.1111/j.1467-7652.2010.00532.x
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. 10.1104/pp.110.157644
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. 10.1094/CCHEM-87-4-0272
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. 10.1104/pp.110.158329
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. 10.1007/s11103-009-9549-z
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. 10.1038/nchembio.439
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. 10.1093/mp/ssp064
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. 10.1016/j.phytochem.2009.04.002
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. 10.1093/mp/ssp063
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. 10.1073/pnas.0902019106
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. 10.1104/pp.107.114694
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. 10.1186/1471-2105-9-335
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. 10.1105/tpc.106.042812
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. 10.1042/BJ20060170
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. 10.1111/j.1467-7652.2005.00169.x
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. 10.1007/s00425-006-0244-x
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. 10.1126/science.1122975
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. 10.1007/s00425-005-1495-7
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. 10.1104/pp.103.032904
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. 10.1074/jbc.M210627200
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. 10.1023/B:PLAN.0000009289.50285.52
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. 10.1105/tpc.016097
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. 10.1046/j.1365-313X.2002.01339
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. 10.1104/pp.010363
2001 Burton, R., Gibeaut, D. & Fincher, G. (2001). Functional analysis of polysaccharide synthases responsible for cell wall synthesis in higher plants. N. Morohoshi & A. Komamine (Eds.). Progress in Biotechnology, 18, C, 77-84. 10.1016/S0921-0423(01)80058-7
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. 10.1042/bj3560181
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. 10.1105/tpc.12.5.691
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. 10.1104/pp.119.3.859
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. 10.1016/S0168-9452(98)00068-5
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, 1596-1596.
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. 10.1007/s004250050214
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, 1525-1525.
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. 10.1111/j.1365-3040.1995.tb00612.x
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. 10.1046/j.1365-313X.1995.07010003.x

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2013 Byrt, C., Betts, N, , Farrokhi, N. & Burton, R. (2013). Deconstructing plant biomass: cell wall structure and novel manipulation strategies. In B. P. Singh (Ed.), Biofuel crops: production, physiology and genetics (pp. 135-150). Oxfordshire: CABI Publishing. 10.1079/9781845938857.0135
2011 Stone, B., Jacobs, A., Hrmova, M., Burton, R. & Fincher, G. (2011). Biosynthesis of plant cell wall and related polysaccharides by enzymes of the GT2 and GT48 families. In Peter Ulvskov (Ed.), Annual Plant Reviews, Volume 41, Plant Polysaccharides: Biosynthesis and Bioengineering (pp. 109-165). United Kingdom: Wiley. 10.1002/9781444391015.ch5
2009 Burton, R., Collins, H. & Fincher, G. (2009). The role of endosperm cell walls in barley malting quality. In G. Zhang & C. Li (Eds.), Genetics and improvement of barley malt quality (pp. 193-239). Zhejiang, China: Springer.
2009 Farrokhi, N., Hrmova, M., Burton, R. & Fincher, G. (2009). Heterologous and cell-free protein expression systems. In D. Somers, J. Gustafson & P. Langridge (Eds.), Plant genomics: Methods and Protocols (pp. 175-198). United States: Humana Press. 10.1007/978-1-59745-427-8_10

Conference Papers

Year Citation
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. Cereals. C. K. Black & J. F. Panozzo (Eds.) Glenelg, South Australia.
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. Cereals. C. K. Black & J. F. Panozzo (Eds.) Glenelg, South Australia.
2000 Burton, R., Van Wegen, S., MacGregor, A. & Fincher, G. (2000). The Limit Dextrinase Enzyme and its Inhibitor in Barley. 8th International Barley Genetics Symposium. S. J. Logue (Ed.) Adelaide, Australia.
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. 8th International Barley Genetics Symposium. D. S. J. Logue (Ed.) Adelaide, Australia.
2000 Gibson, C., Sedgley, M., Burton, R., Logue, S., MacLeod, L. & Fincher, G. (2000). The Localization of Limit Dextrinase in Germinated Barley Grain. 8th International Barley Genetics Symposium. D. S. J. Logue (Ed.) Adelaide, Australia.
2000 Gibeaut, D., Burton, R., Lahnstein, J., Shirley, N., Bacic, A. & Fincher, G. (2000). Cell Wall Metabolism in Barley Coleoptiles. 8th International Barley Genetics Symposium. D. S. J. Logue (Ed.) Adelaide, Australia.
2000 Burton, R., Gibeaut, D. & Fincher, G. (2000). Functional Analysis of Putative Cellulose Synthase Genes in Barley. 8th International Barley Genetics Symposium. D. S. J. Logue (Ed.) Adelaide, Australia.
2000 Li, J., Burton, R., Paech, N., Koltunow, A., Langridge, P. & Fincher, G. (2000). (1,3)-β-glucan synthases in barley. 8th International Barley Genetics Symposium. D. S. J. Logue (Ed.) Adelaide, Australia.
2000 Lee, R., Burton, R., Hrmova, M. & Fincher, G. (2000). a-L-Arabinofuranosidases and a b-D-Xylosidases From Germinated Barley. 8th International Barley Genetics Symposium. D. S. J. Logue (Ed.) Adelaide, Australia.
2000 Rutten, S., Hrmova, M., Burton, R. & Fincher, G. (2000). Altering the Substrate Specificity of Barley (13)-b-Glucan Endohydrolase Isoenzyme GII. 8th International Barley Genetics Symposium. D. S. J. Logue (Ed.) Adelaide, Australia.

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.

Patents

Year Citation
2016 Burton, R., Fincher, G. & Bacic, A.; (2016); Polysaccharide Synthases (F);
2015 Burton, R. & Fincher, G.; (2015); Polysaccharide Synthases (H);
2015 Burton, R. & Fincher, G.; (2015); Polysaccharide Synthases (H);
2015 Burton, R. & Fincher, G.; (2015); Polysaccharide Synthases (H);
2015 Burton, R. & Fincher, G.; (2015); Polysaccharide Synthases (H);
2015 Burton, R. & Fincher, G.; (2015); Polysaccharide Synthases (H);
2015 Burton, R. & Fincher, G.; (2015); Polysaccharide Synthases (H);
2013 Doblin, M. S., Pettolino, F. A., Bacic, A., Jobling, S. A., Fincher, G. B. & Burton, R. A.; (2013); Polysaccharide Synthases (H);
2013 Doblin, M. S., Pettolino, F. A., Bacic, A., Jobling, S. A., Fincher, G. B. & Burton, R. A.; (2013); Polysaccharide Synthases (H);
2012 Doblin, M. S., Pettolino, F. A., Bacic, A., Jobling, S. A., Fincher, G. B. & Burton, R. A.; (2012); Polysaccharide Synthases (F);
2011 Doblin, M. S., Pettolino, F. A., Bacic, A., Jobling, S. A., Fincher, G. B. & Burton, R. A.; (2011); Polysaccharide Synthases (F);
2006 Burton, R., Fincher, G. & Bacic, A.; (2006); Polysaccharide Synthases;
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

 

Position
Node Leader - ARC CoE in Plant Cell Walls
Phone
83131057
Fax
8313 7116
Campus
Waite
Building
Wine Innovation Central
Room Number
4 28
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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