Yongle Li

Yongle Li

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Yongle (Leo) Li received his PhD from the Technical University of Munich in the area of quantitative genetics and plant molecular breeding. After finishing his PhD, he joined the Global Wheat Program of CIMMYT in Mexico as a post-doctoral fellow implementing genomic selection method into the wheat breeding program. In 2013 he took up a position at the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide to develop and implement molecular breeding tools to assist chickpea, oat, and wheat breeding. His research interests are in the fields of quantitative and population genetics. His major research contributions so far are (see publication for detail):
1, Discovering candidate genes involved in frost tolerance in rye
2, Using novel statistical models to predict yield-related traits in chickpea and wheat
3, Identifying novel candidate genes/regions for disease resistance and agronomic traits in chickpea, wheat, and oat


Date Title Investigators Funding Body Funding Amount

Improving management of Phytophthora root rot of chickpea

Sean Bithell

Kristy Hobson

Yongle Li

Jonathan Plett


Identification and characterisation of novel source of Aschochyta Blight resistance in elite and wild relatives of chickpea

Tim Sutton

Yongle Li

Jenny Davidson

Judith Atieno

Sukhjiwan Kaur

Hans Daetwyler


GRDC $1.8 million

Identification of novel sources of resistance to Septoria Leaf Blotch in oat and understanding of evolution and virulence of the pathogen

Tim Sutton

Yongle Li

Hugh Wallwork

Tara Garrard

Palmela Zwer

GRDC $750,000


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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Molecular Genetics and Genomics Approaches to Improve Phytophthora Root Rot Resistance in Chickpea Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Amritha Amalraj
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Unravelling the Physiology and Genetics of Salinity Tolerance in Chickpea (Cicer Arietinum L.) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Judith Atieno
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing ARC detail assessor Grant Assessment ARC -
    2014 - ongoing Journal peer-reviewer Peer Review University of Adelaide -

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