My role in the department
I work with the lupin breeding group, sharing my time between field support and pre-breeding laboratory activities. I help with preparations for seeding and harvest and work as part of the field teams at peak work times.
I was one of the team that produced the lupin genome information. The molecular marker program aims to provide a cost-effective strategy to generate genome sequence data and to develop large numbers of informative molecular markers relevant to crop genetic improvements. As well as the laboratory work this involves growing more than 10 000 plants each year for testing. Our marker assisted selection program focuses on disease resistance and domestication traits – and will help breeders develop better varieties faster.
At uni my honours thesis was to do with lupins!
At DPIRD I have gained experience in both field trial work and laboratory experiments. I started work at the department in 2002 based in Northam on pasture management projects. In 2005 I relocated to South Perth to support lupin breeding in the area of molecular markers. At that time we used radio isotope-tagged MFLP (microsatellite-anchored fragment length polymorphism) markers run on sequencing gels. By 2012 we had embraced next-generation sequencing technologies and adopted SNP marker platforms in conjunction with DNA sequencing. We have been the only example in Australia of the large-scale application of molecular markers for grain legume or pulse breeding.
- Lupin Breeding for Australia. GRDC funded project - DAW00237
- Development of lupin molecular markers tagging yield QTL genes and yield-related phenology traits. GRDC funded project - DAW00238
- BSc (Hons) Horticulture, UWA