Dr Sam Periyannan

Adjunct Fellow

Centre for Plant Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Overview

I was brought up in a small farm in Southern part of India and I have come to find scientific research in Agricultural science as fascinating and rewarding. In particular, genetics and breeding of disease resistance has captured my interest, given that plant disease is a major threat to global food security. With a PhD from the University of Sydney, I started my scientific career as Postdoctoral fellow at the Cereal Rust Resistance team of CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Canberra where as lead researcher and team member cloned five rust disease resistance genes in wheat. Further in collaboration with JIC, UK, identified a rapid resistance gene isolation technology called “MutRenSeq”. Currently, using the platform to isolate additional rust resistances aimed towards the development of gene cassettes for durable rust resistance. Through my Adjunct position at QAAFI, University of Queensland and PBI, University of Sydney, I actively take part in training next generation researchers on molecular genetics of cereal disease resistance.

Research Interests

  • Molecular Genetics of Plant Disease Resistance
    Genetic analysis, mapping and cloning of rust disease resistance in cereals. Molecular biology of wheat-stripe rust disease interaction

Research Impacts

Plant disease have emerged as a major threat to global food security particularly the rust disease that cause severe epidemics in the world food crop wheat. Through molecular genetic analysis, our research delivers molecular markers for rapid breeding of rust disease resistant wheat lines. Subsequently, the isolation of rust resistance genes using conventional and modern genetic approaches enable the understanding of the fundamental biology behind rust and wheat interaction.

Publications

  • Riaz, Adnan, Athiyannan, Naveenkumar, Periyannan, Sambasivam, Afanasenko, Olga, Mitrofanova, Olga, Aitken, Elizabeth A. B., Lagudah, Evans and Hickey, Lee T. (2017) Mining Vavilov’s treasure chest of wheat diversity for adult plant resistance to Puccinia triticina. Plant Disease, 101 2: 317-323. doi:10.1094/PDIS-05-16-0614-RE

  • Mago, Rohit, Till, Bradley, Periyannan, Sambasivam, Yu, Guotai, Wulff, Brande B. H. and Lagudah, Evans (2017). Generation of loss-of-function mutants for wheat rust disease resistance gene cloning. In Sambasivam Periyannan (Ed.), Wheat rust diseases: methods and protocols (pp. 199-205) New York, NY, United States: Humana Press. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-7249-4_17

  • Yu, Guotai, Hatta, Asyraf, Periyannan, Sambasivam, Lagudah, Evans and Wulff, Brande B. H. (2017). Isolation of wheat genomic DNA for gene mapping and cloning. In Sambasivam Periyannan (Ed.), Wheat rust diseases: methods and protocols (pp. 207-213) New York, NY, United States: Humana Press. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-7249-4_18

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Mago, Rohit, Till, Bradley, Periyannan, Sambasivam, Yu, Guotai, Wulff, Brande B. H. and Lagudah, Evans (2017). Generation of loss-of-function mutants for wheat rust disease resistance gene cloning. In Sambasivam Periyannan (Ed.), Wheat rust diseases: methods and protocols (pp. 199-205) New York, NY, United States: Humana Press. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-7249-4_17

  • Yu, Guotai, Hatta, Asyraf, Periyannan, Sambasivam, Lagudah, Evans and Wulff, Brande B. H. (2017). Isolation of wheat genomic DNA for gene mapping and cloning. In Sambasivam Periyannan (Ed.), Wheat rust diseases: methods and protocols (pp. 207-213) New York, NY, United States: Humana Press. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-7249-4_18

Journal Article

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor