Omics analyses of yield and yield components for improved wheat production

Employing genetics and omics tools to enhance wheat production in dryland environments

Wheat is one of the most important crops and enhanced production has been a constant aim of wheat researchers. The recent developments in DNA/RNA sequencing technologies and accelerated generation cycling can provide new opportunities to enhance wheat production.

A number of projects are being, or will be, conducted in our lab addressing the demand for improved wheat production, while keeping high quality, through germplasm screening, genotype-phenotype association, mapping population development, QTL mapping, NIL construction, fine mapping, high-throughput molecular marker development and application, and gene identification.

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Research team leader: Professor Guijun Yan

I obtained my PhD at The University of Auckland in New Zealand in 1996. My PhD research was on the cytogenetic and molecular studies of kiwifruit genomes. After I finished writing my thesis, I was offered an academic position at The University of Western Australia, and two days after capping on 9th September, 1996, I commenced my present work at the University. My research extends from crop genetics to breeding using genetic and genomic tools.

How to apply

Interested in becoming part of this project? Complete the following steps to submit your expression of interest:

Step 1 - Check criteria

General UWA PhD entrance requirements can be found on the Future Students website.

Requirements specific to this project include:

  • Experience in wheat and molecular genetics
  • Willingness to work as part of a team and achieve outcomes through a combination of planning, working independently, and collaborating with other team members
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Step 2 - Submit enquiry to research team leader

Step 3 - Lodge application

After you have discussed your project with the research team leader, you should be in a position to proceed to the next step of the UWA application process: Lodge an application. Different application procedures apply to domestic and international students.


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