Genetic control of key seed traits affecting physical and biochemical properties and processing quality in pulses

Closing Date

31st December 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Pulse grain storage for extended periods of time has been observed to experience biochemical and physical changes that affect the hydration properties of pulses. This affects the processing and nutrition quality of pulse grains and the quality of products made from them.
Extended storage, particularly under unfavourable conditions of high temperature and low relative humidity, is known to result in two undesirable phenomena:

  • "hard shell (HS)" phenomenon, where seeds fail to imbibe water when soaked and remain hard (associated with impermeability of the seed coat and postharvest dormancy)
  • and the "hard-to-cook (HTC)" phenomenon where the seeds imbibes normally, but the cotyledon fails to fully hydrate and soften during cooking

This project is designed to better understand the genetic basis for HS and HTC in order to support a better mechanistic understanding and support the identification of genetic markers for use in quality assurance and breeding.

  • The project is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first-class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

See the following web page for entry requirements:

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, John Bowman for further information.