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Associate Professor Jason Able
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Biography/ BackgroundUndergradaute - 1993 to 1995Honours - 1996
Postgraduate - 1997 to 2001
CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellow - 2001GRDC Research Fellow - 2002 to 2005MPB CRC & UA Research Fellow - 2005 to 2010Lecturer in Plant Breeding & Durum Breeder - 2010 to 2012Senior Lecturer in Plant Breeding, Durum Breeder & DBA Southern Node Leader - 2013 to 2015Head, Department of Agricultural Science - 2015 to currentA/Professor in Plant Breeding, Durum Breeder & DBA Southern Node Leader - 2016 to current
QualificationsBSc (Hons I) (USQ); PhD (UQ - St. Lucia)
Jason is the program coordinator for the Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences and lectures into this program. Jason also lectures to first and second year science undergraduates in the Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) covering the broad area of plant biotechnology ("Introduction to Biotechnology I" and "Principles of Biotechnology II").
The southern node of Durum Breeding Australia (DBA) and Jason's lab are based at the Waite Campus. DBA is a joint initiative between the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GDRC), NSW DPI, and the University of Adelaide. Jason's research interests are numerous but can be broadly categorised under the research area of Plant Breeding & Genetics.
The durum wheat breeding program at the Waite is focussed on developing new durum wheat varieties for our ever-changing environments and an ever-expanding market. Founded in the late 1980's by the late Professor Tony Rathjen, several varieties have been released including Tjilkuri (meaning 'Green Shoots'), Yawa and WID802. Since November 2010 Jason has been continuing with Tony's legacy. Further information about the breeding program and the pre-breeding research that the group is interested in can be found here. If you are interested in becoming part of the breeding program and/or are interested in developing research projects in collaboration with Jason and other academics affiliated with durum research at the Waite, make contact.
Jason's other research interest (between 2005 to 2012) centred on understanding the molecular mechanisms that control meiosis in bread wheat (hexaploid). Specifically the group was interested in the processes of chromosome pairing and recombination during the meiotic process. This research could evolve and examine similar processes in durum (tetraploid wheat). Students and/or early career researchers interested in developing projects related to this field are encouraged to contact Jason to discuss possible opportunities.
Funding for the breeding program and research is primarily from the GRDC, SAGIT and San Remo Macaroni Pty Ltd. Jason and his team have developed excellent collaborative linkages with Professor Diane Mather (University of Adelaide), Professor Amanda Able (University of Adelaide), Dr Mike Sissons (NSW DPI), Professor Graham Moore (John Innes Centre, UK), and Associate Professor Sanjay Kapoor (University of Delhi South Campus, India).
Selected Journal Articles (since 2009)
Durum Wheat Varieties Released/Assisted Release
Jason is actively engaged in communicating to, and educating the public on the benefits associated with genetically modified foods (as well as plant breeding and genetics more generally). Jason is a member of the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee (GTTAC) within the Commonwealth Government's Department of Health. Annually, he also conducts a number of communication activities that are affiliated with the University of Adelaide. These activities include newsletter and magazine articles, and radio interviews. Jason has been a panel member for many science forums that have been held in rural/regional South Australia since 2002.
Jason has presented invited seminars nationally at several institutions including the University of Adelaide; the University of Queensland; the University of Southern Queensland; and La Trobe University. He has also presented keynote seminars internationally in America, Europe, the United Kingdom and India.
Jason is actively engaged with durum stakeholders across Australia. Key stakeholders include Durum Growers, Southern Australia Durum Growers Association (SADGA), GRDC, SAGIT, San Remo Macaroni Pty Ltd and Weston Milling.
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