Improved Heat Tolerance in Chickpea

Summary

Through the Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) ‘Developing sustainable cropping systems for cotton, grains and fodder’ the University of Sydney will fund two PhD projects investigating chickpea production delivering advances in productivity and sustainability to northern Australia. Projects will focus on developing heat tolerant chickpea lines and the identification and development of rhizobial inoculants for northern Australian soils.
A complimentary scholarship for this project is available. To find out more, refer to the Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Chickpea Production in Northern Australia
The supervisory team for this project also includes Dr Rosalind DeakerProfessor Richard Trethowan, and Dr Helen Bramley

Supervisor(s)

Professor Brent Kaiser

Research Location

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Program Type

PHD

Synopsis

Evaluation of heat tolerance in chickpea lines grown in Kununurra and Narrabri NSW. Chickpea flowering and seed set are influenced by heat stress, which can impact potential yield and seasonal growing times. The Australian chickpea industry requires new chickpea lines capable of managing heat events during flowering to ensure seed set and eventual pod development. The research program will investigate heat tolerance traits in kabuli and desi chickpeas across a large collection of genetically diverse lines. 
The PhD project will use repeated field trials combined with exhaustive phenotyping to identify lines that display tolerance to heat. Identified traits will be used in subsequent pre-breeding investigations to identify associated genetic loci and the molecular tools to breed for heat tolerant chickpea. 
This PhD projects will investigate chickpea production capabilities in northern Australia (Ord River Valley) with parallel evaluations in Narrabri NSW. It will also involve annual field-based research activities as well as lab-based analysis including physiological and molecular technologies.

Additional Information

A complimentary scholarship for this project is available. To find out more, refer to the Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Chickpea Production in Northern Australia
The supervisory team for this project also includes Dr Rosalind Deaker, Professor Richard Trethowan, and Dr Helen Bramley
In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. 
Example of inherent requirements may include: 

  • Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
  • Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo,);
  • Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting); 
  • Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks; 
  • Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. Narrabri and Kununurra)
  • Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
  • Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s license

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Keywords

Chickpea, heat stress, plant breeding, Rhizobia; Agriculture

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2398

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