Raul Ortega

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Raul Ortega

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Room 425 , Life Science Building

03 6226 1827 (phone)

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Fields of Research

  • Plant physiology (310806)
  • Plant biology (310899)
  • Crop and pasture improvement (incl. selection and breeding) (300406)
  • Crop and pasture biochemistry and physiology (300404)

Research Objectives

  • Grain legumes (260303)
  • Wheat (260312)


Total publications


Journal Article

(3 outputs)
2019Ortega R, Hecht VFG, Freeman JS, Rubio J, Carrasquilla-Garcia N, et al., 'Altered expression of an FT cluster underlies a major locus controlling domestication-related changes to chickpea phenology and growth habit', Frontiers in Plant Science, 10 Article 824. ISSN 1664-462X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2019.00824 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Hecht VFG; Freeman JS; Weller JL


2015Ortega Martinez R, Guzman C, Alvarez JB, 'Molecular characterization of several Wx alleles in durum wheat', Biologia Plantarum, 59, (2) pp. 220-226. ISSN 0006-3134 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10535-015-0507-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3


2015Weller JL, Ortega R, 'Genetic control of flowering time in legumes', Frontiers in Plant Science, 6 Article 207. ISSN 1664-462X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00207 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 90Web of Science - 92

Co-authors: Weller JL


Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Improving the adaption and profitability of high value pulses (chickpea and lentil) across Australian agroecological zones (2019 - 2024)$4,750,000
This project aims to gain a better understanding of how environment and genetics interact to affect the timing of crop growth and development (phenology), and ultimately determine crop performance. It will develop a national strategy to address this question, generating new information and leveraging insights from world-leading research and breeding programs internationally. It will systematically characterize the genetic and physiological variation in phenology in Australia's two major high-value pulse crops; chickpea and lentil. Work will combine intensive research in controlled conditions with extensive field trials across Australian production environments and genomic analyses, to identify existing and novel variation, and document its contribution to yield in diverse locations, generating detailed performance data, genetic markers and models that will guide the development and deployment of new varieties.
Grains Research & Development Corporation ($4,750,000)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Weller JL; Vander Schoor JK; James L; Ortega Martinez R; Butler JB
2019 - 2024

Research Supervision




MastersGenetic Control of FloweringTime in Lentil2021