Identification of new candidate genes for acid soil tolerance in barley

Closing Date

31st July 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

A single major gene controls Al tolerance in barley. It was located on chromosome 4H. Gene specific markers have been developed and tested in a large number of germplasms. In our preliminary screening of an F2 population, we have identified a few acid soil tolerant lines that did not show tolerance alleles. Further mapping will be conducted to identify the potential new QTL and tolerance mechanism, including physiological studies which will assist the search of candidate genes. Both the known gene (HvMATE) and the new QTL will be introgressed to a commercial variety to study the effectiveness of the genes and potential effect of the gene/QTL on grain yield and quality.


Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Agricultural Sciences

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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.

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More Information

Please contact, Meixue Zhou for further information.