Professor Robert Reid

Professor
Professor Robert Reid
  Org Unit Ecology and Environmental Science
  Email robert.reid@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 5290
  Location Floor/Room 1 12b ,  Benham Laboratories ,   North Terrace

 

Mechanisms of Heavy Metal Uptake and Transport in Plants

Heavy metals constitute a significant risk to human health yet little is known about the important factors that determine uptake and distribution of heavy metals in plants. Current projects are exploring the physiological and genomic bases for the accumulation of cadmium in rice.

  

Boron Toxicity and Tolerance

Boron is an essential plant nutrient that becomes toxic at high concentrations. We have recently made significant progress in understanding how boron is taken up by plants, and how tolerant plants are able to detoxify excess boron. Genomic approaches have revealed that boron can enter plant cells through aquaglyceroporins (see Fitzpatrick and Reid 2009). In 2004 it was reported that boron tolerant cultivars of barley were able to efflux excess B from their roots, thereby reducing boron transport to the shoot and shoot toxicity (see Hayes and Reid 2004). The genes encoding the efflux transporters in wheat and barley were cloned (Reid 2007) from roots, and more recently it has been shown that the expression of these transporters in leaves has a major impact in reducing leaf toxicity (Reid and Fitzpatrick 2009).

  

Phytoremediation of Acid Sulphate Soils

Acid sulphate soils are soils that contain high concentration of sulphide minerals. When exposed to the atmosphere by activities such as mining, or by exposure of submerged sediments by drought or hydrological changes, the sulphide minerals become oxidised and generate sulphuric acid. Few terrestrial and aquatic plants, and aquatic animals, are able to live in conditions that are highly acidic for long periods. Various mechanisms have been trialled for reducing the oxidation of acid sulphate soils, one of which is the use of plants to either reduce the infiltration of oxygen into the soil, or to prevent soil cracking which greatly increases the surface area exposed for oxidation. We are currently evaluating the effectivness of plants to reduce acidification in the Murray River and the Lower Lakes of South Australia.

Note that I am not taking on new postgraduate students

Recent Journal Articles

 

Michael P, Fitzpatrick R, Reid R (2016) The importance of soil carbon and nitrogen for amelioration of acid sulphate soils. Soil Use and Management 32: 97-105  

Reid R, Mosley L (2016) Comparative contributions of solution geochemistry, microbial metabolism and aquatic photosynthesis to the development of high pH in ephemeral wetlands in South East Australia. Science of the Total Environment 542: 334-343 

Michael PS, Fitzpatrick R, Reid R (2015) The role of organic matter in ameliorating acid sulfate soils with sulfuric horizons. Geoderma 255: 42-49 

Michael PS, Fitzpatrick R, Reid R (2015) The role of organic matter in ameliorating acid sulfate soils with sulfuric horizons. Geoderma 255: 42-49

 Reid R (2014) Understanding the boron transport network in plants. Plant and soil 385: 1-13 

Rodda M, Reid R (2013) Examination of the role of iron deficiency response in the accumulation of Cd by rice grown in paddy soil with variable irrigation regimes. Plant and Soil 371: 219-236 

Bone E, Reid R (2013) First course at university: Assessing the impact of student age, nationality and learning style. The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education 4: 95-107

 Nagai M, Ohnishi M, Uehara T, Yamagami M, Miura E, Kamakura M, Kitamura, A, Sakaguchi, S-I, Sakamoto T, Fukaki H, Reid R, Furukawa A (2013) Ion gradients in xylem exudate and guttation fluid related to tissue ion levels along primary leaves of barley. Plant, Cell & Environment 36: 1826-1837 

Reid R, Gridley K, Kawamata Y, Zhu Y (2013) Arsenite elicits anomalous sulfur starvation responses in barley. Plant physiology 162: 401-409 

Rodda M, Reid R (2013) Examination of the role of iron deficiency response in the accumulation of Cd by rice grown in paddy soil with variable irrigation regimes. Plant and Soil: 1-18

Reid R, Gridley K, Kawamata Y, Zhu Y (2013) Arsenite Elicits Anomalous Sulfur Starvation Responses in Barley. Plant Physiology 162: 401-409

Nagai M, Ohnishi M, Uehara T, Yamagami M, Miura E, Kamakura MAI, Kitamura A, Sakaguchi S-I, Sakamoto W, Shimmen T, Fukaki H, Reid RJ, Furukawa A, Mimura T (2013) Ion gradients in xylem exudate and guttation fluid related to tissue ion levels along primary leaves of barley. Plant, Cell & Environment: in press

Reid R (2013) Boron toxicity and tolerance in crop plants. In N Tuteja, S Gill, eds, Crop Improvement Under Adverse Conditions, Ch 15. Springer, New York

Rodda M, Li G, Reid R (2011) The timing of grain Cd accumulation in rice plants: the relative importance of remobilisation within the plant and root Cd uptake post-flowering. Plant and Soil 347: 105-114

Reid R, Butcher C (2011) Positive and negative impacts of plants on acid production
in exposed acid sulphate soils. Plant and Soil 349: 183-190

Bone EK, Reid RJ (2011) Prior learning in biology at high school does not predict performance in the first year at university. Higher Education Research & Development 30: 709-724

Stangoulis J, Tate M, Graham RD, Bucknall M, Palmer L, Boughton B, Reid R (2010) The presence of borate-sucrose complexes in phloem may explain boron mobility in canola and wheat. Plant Physiology 153: 876-881

Reid R (2010) Can we really increase yields by making crop plants tolerant to boron toxicity? Plant Science 178: 9-11

Fitzpatrick K, Reid R (2010) The ever expanding role of aquaglyceroporins. Confirmation of the protein-facilitated boron transport. Plant Signaling & Behaviour 5: 1-3

Fitzpatrick KL, Reid RJ (2009) The involvement of aquaglyceroporins in transport of boron in barley roots. Plant, Cell and Environment, 32: 1357-1365

Reid RJ, Fitzpatrick KL (2009) Influence of leaf tolerance mechanisms and rain on boron toxicity in barley and wheat. Plant Physiology : 151:413-420.

Yermiyahu U, Ben-Gal A, Keren R, Reid RJ (2008) Combined effect of salinity and excess boron on plant growth and yield. Plant and Soil 304: 73-87

Zhang X-H, Lin A-J, Gao Y-L, Reid RJ, Wong M-H, Zhu Y-G (2009) Arbuscular mycorrhizal colonisation increases copper binding capacity of root cell walls of Oryza sativa L. and reduces copper uptake. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 41: 930–935

Lavery TJ, Butterfield N, Kemper CM, Reid RJ, Sanderson K (2008) Metals and selenium in the liver and bone of three dolphin species from South Australia, 1988-2004. Science of The Total Environment 390: 77-85

Reid RJ (2007) Identification of boron transporter genes likely to be responsible for tolerance to boron toxicity in wheat and barley. Plant Cell Physiol. 48: 1673-1678

Mitsuhashi N, Ohnishi M, Sekiguchi Y, Kwon Y-U, Chang Y-T, Chung S-K, Inoue Y, Reid RJ, Yagisawa H, Mimura T (2005) Phytic acid synthesis and vacuolar accumulation in suspension-cultured cells induced cells of Catharanthus roseus induced by high concentrations of Pi and cations. Plant Physiology 138: 1607-14

Reid RJ, Yermiyahu U. (2005). Measuring uptake of micronutrient and heavy metals in plants: problems and solutions. In Plant Nutrition for Food Security, Human Health and Environmental Protection, ed. CJ Li, FS Zhang, A Doberman, P Hinsinger, XL Li, et al, pp. 26-7. Beijing: Tsinghua University Press

Reid RJ, Hayes JE, Post A, Stangoulis JCR, Graham RD (2004) A critical analysis of the causes of boron toxicity in plants. Plant Cell and Environment 25, 1405-1414

Reid RJ, Liu J (2004) Measurement of trace metal influx in plants: a case study using Co. Functional Plant Biology 31, 941-947

Hayes JE, Reid RJ (2004) Boron tolerance in barley is mediated by efflux of B from the roots. Plant Physiology 136, 3376-3382.

Hayes JE, Zhu Y, Mimura T, Reid RJ (2004) An assessment of the usefulness of solution culture in screening for phosphorus efficiency in wheat. Plant and Soil 261, 91-97

Book Chapters

1.     Reid RJ (2014) Movement Across Membranes. In Knox B, Evans, Ladiges P, Saint R, eds, Biology: An Australian Focus, 5th edn McGraw-Hill, Sydney, Ch. 5. pp 110-124

2.     Reid R (2013) Boron toxicity and tolerance in crop plants. In N Tuteja, S Gill, eds, Crop Improvement Under Adverse Conditions, Ch 15. Springer, New York

Reid RJ (2009) Movement Across Membranes. In B Evans, P Ladiges, R Saint, eds, Biology: An Australian Focus, Ed 4 Ch. 4 In press

Reid R (2007) Update on boron toxicity and tolerance in plants. In F Xu, H Godbach, PH Brown, R Bell, T Fujiwara, C Hunt, S Goldberg, L Shi, eds, Advances in Plant and Animal Boron Nutrition. Springer, Dordrecht, pp 83-92

 

 

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