Dr Rhiannon Schilling
Rhiannon is an agricultural scientist. She has expertise in plant physiology, soil science and molecular biology. Her current research focus is to develop crop varieties with improved tolerance to subsoil constraints. She is a Postdoctoral Research 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.
|2016||Postdoctoral Fellow||The University of Adelaide|
|2014 - 2016||Postdoctoral Fellow||The University of Adelaide|
|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 Max Tate Prize||University of Adelaide|
|2012||Award||The K.P. Barley Prize||University of Adelaide|
|2012||Award||The AgPOGS Prize||University of Adelaide|
|2011 - 2014||Scholarship||GRDC Grains Industry Research Scholarship||Grains Research & Development Corporation|
|2011 - 2014||Scholarship||Australian Postgraduate Award||Australian Government|
|2010||Scholarship||Honours Scholarship||Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics|
|2010||Award||The E.J. and E.I. Graham Prize in Plant Nutrition||University of Adelaide|
|2009||Award||The Mark Paul Bowker Memorial Prize||University of Adelaide|
|2009||Scholarship||Summer Scholarship||Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics|
|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)|
|2017||Tilbrook, J., Schilling, R. K., Berger, B., Garcia, A. F., Trittermann, C., Coventry, S. ... Roy, S. J. (2017). Variation in shoot tolerance mechanisms not related to ion toxicity in barley. Functional Plant Biology, -.
|2017||Schilling, R., Tester, M., Marschner, P., Plett, D. & Roy, S. (2017). AVP1: One Protein, Many Roles. Trends in Plant Science, 22, 2, 154-162.
|2017||Heuer, S., Gaxiola, R., Schilling, R., Herrera-Estrella, L., López-Arredondo, D., Wissuwa, M. ... Rouached, H. (2017). Improving phosphorus use efficiency: A complex trait with emerging opportunities. Plant Journal, 90, 5, 868-885.
|2014||Schilling, R., Marschner, P., Shavrukov, Y., Berger, B., Tester, M., Roy, S. & Plett, D. (2014). Expression of the Arabidopsis vacuolar H⁺-pyrophosphatase gene (AVP1) improves the shoot biomass of transgenic barley and increases grain yield in a saline field. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 12, 3, 378-386.
South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) (2017-2018) "Use of drones to non-destructively assess wheat varieties"
Rhiannon supervises PhD students in the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine within the research areas of agricultural science and plant science. Opportunities for Honours, Masters and PhD positions are available - contact Rhiannon for more information.
|2014 - ongoing||Member||South Australian Barley Advisory Committee (SABAC)|