Stuart Roy

Associate Professor Stuart Roy

Associate Professor

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

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


Stu is a Associate Professor in the Plant Genomics Group at the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine, University of Adelaide. He is currently the Director for the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Wheat in a Hot and Dry Climate.. 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.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 - 2020 Director University of Adelaide
    2018 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
  • Education

    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

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"

2710_PLANT_SC_7227WT  Plant Genomics

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 Principal 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 Principal Supervisor Identification and characterisation of vacuolar proton-pumping pyrophosphatase genes in bread wheat Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Daniel Menadue
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Defining Transcriptional Networks Associated with Plant Salinity Tolerance Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Shanika Lakmini Amarasinghe
    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
    2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Identification of Salt Tolerance Genes in Bread Wheat Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Ahsan Asif
    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
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Investigation of chloride transport mechanisms in Arabidopsis thaliana root Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Jiaen Qiu
    2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Salinity detection and control of sodium transport in Arabidopsis thaliana Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sandra Manuela Schmoeckel
    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 - 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 - 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
    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
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83130549
  • Email: stuart.roy@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7102
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Plant Genomics Centre, floor 2
  • Room: 2 20
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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