School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Stu is an Associate Professor and Interim Head of the Department of Agricultural Sciences at the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine, University of Adelaide. He is currently the Deputy Director (Industry) for the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Accelerated Future Crop Development and formerly the Director for the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Wheat in a Hot and Dry Environment. His interests are in improving the abiotic stress tolerance of cereals crops, particularly salinity tolerance, and in improving cereal yield.
Stu gained a BSc (Hons) in Plant and Environmental Biology for the University of St Andrews (UK) and a PhD in Plant Physiology from the University of Cambridge (UK). After a Broodbank Research Fellowship at Cambridge, Stuart moved to the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, University of Adelaide, to lead the Salinity Research program. He continues this program today in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.
Loss of crop yield due to high concentrations of Na+ and Cl- on agricultural land is a significant problem for Australian farmers. An estimated 4.6 M ha of Australian farmland is affected to some degree by saline soils - currently 1 in 2 Western Australian farms and 1 in 5 South Australian farms are affected by salinity. By 2050 it is expected that around 14 M ha of Australian agricultural land will be affected by dryland salinity, therefore it is imperative that we identify genes and cellular processes which will increase the salinity tolerance of our crop plants.
Crops undergoing salt stress experience an immediate reduction in growth and tillering (shoot independent ionic stress) and an increase in premature senescence due to the accumulation of toxic ions (shoot dependent ionic stress).
Our group has a number of projects all aimed at obtaining a better understanding of the processes involved in both the shoot independent and the shoot dependent ionic stress. We are using both forward and reverse genetics to identify mechanisms for improving the salinity tolerance of crops.
Date Position Institution name 2021 - ongoing Interim Head of Department of Agricultural Sciences, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine The University of Adelaide 2021 - ongoing Deputy Director (Industry), ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Accelerated Future Crop Development University of Adelaide 2021 - ongoing Deputy Head of Agriculture Science University of Adelaide 2019 - 2020 Director University of Adelaide 2018 - ongoing Associate Professor University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2015 - 2017 Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide 2004 - 2014 Research Fellow University of Adelaide 2001 - 2004 Broodbank Research Fellow University of Cambridge
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2017 Award South Australian Grains Industry Trust The University of Adelaide Australia
Date Institution name Country Title 1998 - 2002 University of Cambridge United Kingdom PhD 1994 - 1998 University of St Andrews United Kingdom B.Sc.(Hons) Plant and Environmental Biology
Year Citation 2016 Roy, S., Collins, N., & Munns, R. (2016). Abiotic stress genes and mechanisms in wheat. In C. Wrigley, H. Corke, K. Seetharaman, & J. Faubion (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Food Grains (Vol. 4, 2nd ed., pp. 393-397). Academic Press.
2014 Tilbrook, J., & Roy, S. (2014). Salinity tolerance. In M. A. Jenks, & P. M. Hasegawa (Eds.), Plant abiotic stress (2nd edition) (2 ed., pp. 133-178). United States: Wiley.
2012 Roy, S. J., & Tester, M. (2012). Increasing Salinity Tolerance of Crops. In R. A. Meyers (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology (pp. 5315-5331). 2012 Roy, S. J., Tester, M., Gaxiola, R. A., & Flowers, T. J. (2012). Plants of Saline Environments. In M. -H. Education (Ed.), McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Volumes 1-20 11th Edition (11 ed.). McGraw-Hill Professional. 2012 Roy, S., Conn, S., Mayo, G., Athman, A., & Gilliham, M. (2012). Transcriptomics on small samples. In S. Shabala, & T. Cuin (Eds.), Plant Salt Tolerance: Methods and Protocols (Vol. 913, 1 ed., pp. 335-350). New York: Springer.
Year Citation 2015 Roy, S. J., & Tester, M. A. (2015). 2009290140, Salinity tolerance in plants. Australia. 2015 Roy, S. J., & Tester, M. (2015). US9,206,400 B2, Salinity tolerance in plants. USA.
Year Citation Borjigin, C., Schilling, R., Jewell, N., Brien, C., Sanchez, J. C., Eckermann, P., . . . Roy, S. (n.d.). Identifying the genetic control of salinity tolerance in the bread wheat landrace Mocho de Espiga Branca - data.
Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre (2022-2027) "Accelerated Future Crop Development"
Grains Research and Development Corporation (2020-2022) "Machine learning to extract maximum value from soil and crop variability"
Grains Research and Development Corporation (2019-2023) "Manipulation of stomata to increase yield potential in wheat"
Australia Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Hub (2015-2020) "Wheat in a hot and dry climate"
South Australia Grains Industry Trust Fund (2018-2019) "Phenotypic evaluation of a wheat RIL population for salinity tolerance"
South Australia Grains Industry Trust Fund (2017-2018) "Development of a wheat population using speed breeding for salinity tolerance"
Grains Research and Development Corporation (2017-2018) "Enhancing the infrastructure for grains research at the University of Adelaide"
International Wheat Yield Partnership (2016-2018) AVP1, PSTOL1 & NAS2 "Three high value genes for higher wheat yield"
Grains Research and Development Corporation (2016-2020) "Improving wheat yield on sodic magnesic and dispersive soils"
Grains Research and Development Corporation (2013-2017) "Development of salinity tolerant wheat and barley"
United States Agency for International Development (2013-2018) "Abiotic stress tolerant bio-engineered cereals"
Grains Research and Development Corporation (2010-2013) "Develop high salt tolerant winter cereal germplasm"
PLANT_SC_7300WT Plant Genetics and Genomics
PLANT_SC_7310WT Innovations in Plant Biotechnology
PLANT_SC_7320WTA&B Research Project in Plant Breeding
PLANT_SC_2510WT Foundations in Plant Science
PLANT_SC_3515WT Plant Biochemistry III
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2022 Co-Supervisor Application of Imaging Technologies in Agricultural Phenotyping and Plant Phenomics Research Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yiting Xie 2021 Co-Supervisor Use of remote sensing to assess and manage phosphorus fertiliser application to reduce crop variability Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Enqi Wu
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2021 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Nested Association Mapping of wheat yield under Australian drought and heat conditions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Charity Chidzanga 2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Identification and characterisation of vacuolar proton-pumping pyrophosphatase genes in bread wheat Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Daniel Menadue 2015 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Understanding salinity tolerance of a bread wheat landrace Mocho de Espiga Branca Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms . Chana 2014 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Evaluation of the Effects of AtCIPK16 Expression on the Salt Tolerance of Barley and Wheat Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Emily Laurina Thoday-Kennedy 2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Defining Transcriptional Networks Associated with Plant Salinity Tolerance Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Shanika Lakmini Amarasinghe 2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Identification of Salt Tolerance Genes in Bread Wheat Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Ahsan Asif 2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Investigation of chloride transport mechanisms in Arabidopsis thaliana root Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Jiaen Qiu 2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Evaluating the abiotic stress tolerance of transgenic barley expressing an Arabidopsis vacuolar proton-pumping pyrophosphatase gene (AVP1) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Rhiannon Kate Schilling 2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Role of AtCIPK16 in Arabidopsis abiotic tolerance Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Wenmian Huang 2011 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Root Cell-Type Specific Expression of Multiple Salinity Tolerance Genes to Alter Plant Shoot Sodium Accumulation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Gordon Wellman 2010 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Confirmation of the barley vacuolar pyrophosphatase HvHVP10 as a candidate gene for salinity tolerance Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Jessica Hilary Bovill 2010 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Characterisation of AtPQL1, AtPQL2 and AtPQL3 as Candidate Voltage Insensitive Non-Selective Cation Channels (vi-NSCCs) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Monique Kirsten Shearer 2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Modifying sodium transport to improve salinity tolerance of commercial rice cultivars (Oryza sativa L.) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr . Aris Hairmansis 2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Salinity detection and control of sodium transport in Arabidopsis thaliana Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sandra Manuela Schmoeckel 2009 - 2013 Principal Supervisor POT Proteins are Important for Chloride Transport in Arabidopsis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Bo Li 2007 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Components of Salinity Tolerance in Wheat Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Karthika Rajendran 2006 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Role and control of HKT in Oryza sativa & Arabidopsis thaliana Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Joanna Sundstrom
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