School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Rhiannon is an agricultural scientist. She has expertise in plant physiology, soil science, molecular biology and remote sensing. During her PhD, she evaluated the salinity tolerance of transgenic barley lines expressing a vacuolar proton-pumping pyrophosphatase gene and established the first field trials of GM barley at saline sites in Australia. Between 2014-2016, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow on a GRDC-funded project (UA00145) 'Development of salinity tolerant wheat and barley". Her current research focus is to develop crop varieties with improved tolerance to subsoil constraints. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow on a GRDC-funded project (UA00159, Years 2015-2020) "Improving wheat yields on sodic, magnesic and dispersive soils".
Subsoil constraints prevent current elite bread wheat varieties from achieving their yield potential. Dispersive soils (also referred to as sodic soils) reduce wheat yields on 68 % of cropping land in Australia. These soils comprise multiple subsoil constraints including high soil pH, salinity, high boron, high aluminium, waterlogging and high soil strength. Our current GRDC-funded project is aiming to improve the yield of wheat in dispersive soils by pyramiding tolerance to these multiple soil constraints into elite wheat varieties. Read more here: https://groundcover.grdc.com.au/story/6133827/multi-trait-wheat-tolerances-tested-against-range-of-soil-constraints/
The SAGIT-funded project is using drones fitted with RGB and multispectral cameras to non-destructively assess the performance of wheat varieties at field trial sites. This project aims to calibrate data obtained from drone images with handheld trial plot measurements of NDVI, plant height and biomass and to investigate the use of drones to measure plant growth through time in the field. Read more here: https://www.stockjournal.com.au/story/6259223/drones-used-in-crop-research/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1bBJ6FdbEA
The Smart Farming Partnership project (with the Mallee Sustainable Farming and consortium members) is focused on a holistic approach to saline seep management for preventing land degradation in the landscape. This involves three key areas including (1) early detection of saline seeps, (2) preventing saline seep formation and (3) remediating saline seeps. Read more here: https://groundcover.grdc.com.au/story/6341653/mallee-seeps-unmasked-in-the-south/
A GRDC-funded project (led by PIRSA, Brian Hughes) is focused on "New knowledge and practices to address topsoil and subsurface acidity under minimum tillage cropping systems of South Australia". The University of Adelaide is contributing to components focused on (1) Assessment of different lime sources, movement and rates on soil pH and crop growth, (2) influence of additional amendments on the neutralising value of lime, (3) Novel methods to increase the effectiveness of lime applications and (4) Near-infrared (NIR) testing of lime and soil buffering capacity and analysis of crop responses to variation in soil pH using spectral sensors. Read more here: https://groundcover.grdc.com.au/story/6471203/project-addresses-topsoil-and-subsurface-acidity-in-the-south/
Date Position Institution name 2016 Postdoctoral Fellow The University of Adelaide 2014 - 2016 Postdoctoral Fellow The University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2019 Award The Edith Dornwell Medal The University of Adelaide Australia — 2019 Award The Inaugural Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Achievement, Excellence in Research (Early Career Research). The University of Adelaide Australia — 2015 Award The Plant Nutrition Trust Travel Award The Plant Nutrition Trust — — 2014 Award Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide — — 2012 Award The Royal Society of South Australia Postgraduate Student Prize (2nd) Royal Society of South Australia — — 2012 Award The AgPOGS Prize University of Adelaide — — 2012 Award The Max Tate Prize University of Adelaide — — 2012 Award The K.P. Barley Prize University of Adelaide — — 2011 Scholarship GRDC Grains Industry Research Scholarship Grains Research & Development Corporation — — 2011 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award Australian Government — — 2010 Award The E.J. and E.I. Graham Prize in Plant Nutrition University of Adelaide — — 2010 Scholarship Honours Scholarship Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics — — 2009 Scholarship Summer Scholarship Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics — — 2009 Award The Mark Paul Bowker Memorial Prize University of Adelaide — —
Date Institution name Country Title 2011 - 2014 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy, PhD 2010 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Plant Science, First Class 2007 - 2009 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Science)
Date Title Institution name Country 2018 Remote Pilot Licence, Multirotor up to 7 kg Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia Australia 2018 Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC) Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia Australia
- Yitpi Foundation (2019) ($20,000) "The genetic tolerance of wheat root growth in alkaline soils" (Rhiannon Schilling, sole CI)
- GRDC Proc-9175870 (2019-2022) (Total funds of $2.25 million) "New knowledge and practices to address topsoil and subsurface acidity under minimum tillage cropping systems of South Australia". PIRSA (Brian Hughes (lead CI), Andrew Harding, Brett Masters, Claire Dennerley, David Woodard, Mary-Anne Young, Nigel Fleming), Trengove Consulting, The University of Adelaide (Rhiannon Schilling, Luke Mosley & Petra Marschner) & AgCommunicators.
- National Landcare Smart Farming Partnership (Federal Government) (2018-2022) ($965,500), "A holistic approach to seep management for preventing land degradation in the landscape" with additional funds from the Grains Research & Development Corporation ($300,000) and the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board ($80,000). Total funds of $1.35 million. Mallee Sustainable Farming (lead) with consortium members from CSIRO, South Australian Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board, Mallee Catchment Management Authority, The University of Adelaide, Insight Extension for Agriculture, AGRIvision, Frontier Farming Systems, Coorong Tatiara Local Action Planning Association.
- South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) (2018-2019) "Investigating the accuracy of plant traits measured using drones" (Rhiannon Schilling (lead CI), Glenn McDonald, Ramesh Segaran, $21,025)
- South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) (2017-2018) "Use of drones to non-destructively assess wheat varieties" (Rhiannon Schilling (lead CI), Glenn McDonald, Ramesh Segaran, $21,545)
- Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF) and The Plant Accelerator pilot project (2016): New precision agriculture UAV platform (Rhiannon Schilling)
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 Co-Supervisor Breeding Faba Bean (Vicia Faba L.) for Acidic Soils of Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Samuel Catt 2018 Co-Supervisor Enhancing Crop Performance with Energy Use Efficient Abiotic Stress Tolerance Traits Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Muhammad Khairul Hisyam Ahmad Sohaimi 2018 Co-Supervisor Understanding Root Responses of Cereals Conferring Tolerance to Alkaline Sodic Soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jakob Schulz 2015 Co-Supervisor Identification of Loci and Gene for Salinity Tolerance in Cereals Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms . Chana
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Identification and characterisation of vacuolar proton-pumping pyrophosphatase genes in bread wheat Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Daniel Menadue
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Effects of image overlap and resolution of UAV-collected imagery on digital surface model accuracy in wheat breeding field trials Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility, The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Science (Honours) Honours Full Time Dillon Campbell 2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Evaluating the role of H+-pyrophosphatases in wheat School of Agriculture, Food & Wine, The University of Adelaide Extended Research Project Plant Biotechnology Master Full Time Leighlan Doe 2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor The value of ALMT1 to wheat growth under high pH and high Al School of Agriculture, Food & Wine, The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Science (Honours) Honours Full Time Ellen de Vries
Date Role Board name Institution name Country 2019 - ongoing Member Agricultural Bureau of South Australia - Australia 2014 - ongoing Member South Australian Barley Advisory Committee (SABAC) Grains Producers SA Australia
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2018 - ongoing Chair Waite Campus Seminar Series The University of Adelaide Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2019 - ongoing Member Australian Association for Unmanned Systems Australia 2018 - ongoing Member The Crop Science Society of South Australia Australia
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