Associate Professor Andrew Borrell

Principal Research Fellow

Centre for Plant Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
a.borrell@uq.edu.au
+61 7 4542 6740
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Overview

Overview

Dr Borrell obtained bachelor and master’s degrees in Agricultural Science at The University of Melbourne, focusing on the Green Revolution genes (Rht1 and Rht2) in wheat for his thesis. He then completed a PhD at The University of Queensland on improving the efficiencies of nitrogen and water use for rice in the semi-arid tropics. Andrew was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the impact of rice research in Asia and the US on rice production in the Australian tropics. Much of his post-doctoral research has focused on improving drought adaptation in sorghum, rice, wheat and barley.

Dr Borrell is a crop physiologist and Centre Leader of the Queensland Government’s Hermitage Research Facility, a centre of excellence for crop improvement in water-limited environments. For more than a decade, Andrew has led an international project (Australia/US) aimed at discovering key genes underpinning the stay-green drought adaptation trait in cereals, using sorghum as a model crop. Prior to this, he conducted research to better understand the physiological basis of stay-green in sorghum. Dr Borrell began his career as a rice agronomist with the Queensland Government.

Dr Borrell co-leads projects in sub-Saharan Africa and India to develop drought-adapted sorghum germplasm. In addition to drought physiology in major cereals, Andrew has supervised a research program aimed at discovering frost adaptation in winter cereals at heading stage. He has also worked extensively in South-East Asia for the past 25 years developing sustainable cropping systems, including recent research on rice production and adaptation to climate change in Vietnam. Dr Borrell has served as Secretary-General of the Asian Crop Science Association.

Research Interests

  • Research Interests
    Producing more food with less water is one of the major challenges facing humanity. My research involves elucidating the physiological/molecular basis of drought adaptation in cereals, including the discovery of genes and gene networks that regulate adaptation, e.g. the stay-green drought adaptation trait in sorghum, wheat and barley; root architecture in sorghum, wheat and barley; early vigour in barley. Strong international collaborations to advance these areas of research include partners in USA (Texas A&M University), India (ICRISAT, IIMR), and Ethiopia (EIAR, Jimma University) with funding from GRDC, TAMU, GCP, ACIAR and BMGF. Other research interests include the efficiency with which resources (radiation, water and nitrogen) are utilized by crop plants, and developing sustainable cropping systems. This research has focused on developing novel water-saving strategies for climate-smart rice production in Australia and Asia. International partners for this research have included Indonesia (University of Mataram, Lombok), Vietnam (VAAS), and Norway (NIBIO), with funding from GRDC, ACIAR and NIBIO. Photosynthesis is another research interest, with particular focus on extending the duration of photosynthesis in C3 (wheat) and C4 (sorghum) plants. This research is funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Agricultural Studies, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Melbourne

Publications

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Supervision

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Krishna Reddy, K., Tesfai, Mehreteab, Borrell, Andrew, Nagothu, Udaya Sekhar, Suresh Reddy, K. and Gurava Reddy, K. (2016). Climate-smart rice-production systems: studying the potential of alternate wetting and drying irrigation. In Udaya Sekhar Nagothu (Ed.), Climate change and agricultural development: improving resilience through climate smart agriculture, agroecology and conservation (pp. 206-231) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Hammer, Graeme, Messina, Charlie, van Oosterom, Erik, Chapman, Scott, Singh, Vijaya, Borrell, Andrew, Jordan, David and Cooper, Mark (2016). Molecular breeding for complex adaptive traits: how integrating crop ecophysiology and modelling can enhance efficiency. In Xinyou Yin and Paul C. Struik (Ed.), Crop systems biology: narrowing the gaps between crop modelling and genetics (pp. 147-162) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-20562-5_7

  • Geethalakshmi, V., Mehreteab, Tesfai, Lakshmanan, A., Borrell, Andrew, Nagothu, Udaya Sekhar, Arasu, Meenakshi Sundara, Senthilraja, K., Manikandan, N. and Sumathi, S. (2016). System of rice intensification: climate-smart rice cultivation system to mitigate climate change impacts in India. In Udaya Sekhar Nagothu (Ed.), Climate change and agricultural development: improving resilience through climate smart agriculture, agroecology and conservation (pp. 232-258) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Borrell, Andrew, Jordan, David, Mullet, John, Henzell, Bob and Hammer, Graeme (2006). Drought adaptation in sorghum. In Jean-Marcel Ribot (Ed.), Drought adaptation in cereals (pp. 335-399) New York, U.S.A.: The Haworth Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Hammer, G., Chapman, S., Van Oosterom, E., Borrell, A., McLean, G. and Jordan, D. (2016). Integrating crop physiology and modelling with genetic improvement. In: International Crop Modelling Symposium, Berlin, Germany, (). 15-17 March 2016.

  • Christopher, J., Richard, C., Chenu, K., Christopher, M., Borrell, A. and Hickey, L. (2015). Integrating Rapid Phenotyping and Speed Breeding to Improve Stay-Green and Root Adaptation of Wheat in Changing, Water-Limited, Australian Environments. In: Agriculture and Climate Change conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (175-176). 15-17 February 2015.

  • Christopher, J., Richard, C., Chenu, K., Christopher, C., Borrell, A. and Hickey, L. (2015). Rapid phenotyping combined with speed-breeding to improve root adaptation of wheat in water-limited environments. In: 9th Symposium for the International Society of Root Research, Canberra, Australia, (). 6-9 October 2015.

  • Christopher, John T., Veyradier, Mathieu, Borrell, Andrew K., Harvey, Greg, Fletcher, Susan and Chenu, Karine (2014). Phenotyping novel stay-green traits to capture genetic variation in senescence dynamics. In: Interdrought IV. Interdrought IV Conference, Perth, WA Australia, (1035-1048). 2–6 September 2013. doi:10.1071/FP14052

  • Borrell, v, Van Oosterom, Erik J., Mullet, John, George-Jaeggli, Barbara, Hammer, Graeme, Klein, Patricia and Jordan, David (2014). The stay-green trait in cereals: integrating from cell to whole plant. In: 7th European Workshop on Plant Senescence, Aarhus, Denmark, (). 10-14 November 2014.

  • Jordan, D., Mace, E., Borrell, A., Cruickshank, A., Chapman, S., van Oosterom, E. and Hammer, G. (2013). An Integrated Approach to Sorghum Crop Improvement in Australia. In: 4th International Conference on Integrated Approaches to Improve Crop Production under Drought-Prone Environments (InterDrought-IV), Perth, WA, Australia, (). 2 - 6 September 2013.

  • Borrell, A., Coulibaly, S., Teme, N., George-Jaeggli, B., Hamlet, S., George, P. and Jordan, D. (2013). Development and evaluation of drought-adapted sorghum germplasm for Africa and Australia – Phase II.. In: Proceedings of the 2013 Generation Challenge Program Annual Research Meeting. 2013 General Research Meeting (GRM), Lisbon, Portugal, (). 27 - 30 September 2013.

  • Borrell, A. K., Christopher, J. T., Veyradier, M., Harvey, G., Fletcher, S., Christopher, M., Jennings, R., Hammer, G. L. and Chenu, K. (2013). Fine-mapping candidates for 'stay-green' in sorghum reveals genes associated with canopy development and root growth. In: ID4: InterDrought-IV Conference 2013. The 4th International Conference on Integrated Approaches to Improve Crop Production under Drought-Prone Environments, Burswood, WA, Australia, (). 2-6 September, 2013.

  • Frederiks, Troy, Christopher, Jack and Borrell, Andrew (2013). Focusing reproductive cold stress research on the main target. In: Wheat Breeders Assembly Brisbane 2013: Program and Abstracts. WBA2013: Wheat Breeders Assembly 2013, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (23-23). 16-19 July, 2013.

  • Borrell, A., Hammer, G., Van Oosterom, E., George-Jaeggli, B., McLean, G., Hamlet, S., Hunt, C., Mace, E., Mullet, J., Klein, P., Weers, B. and Jordan, D. (2013). Improving cereal productivity with stay-green technology.. In: 2013 QAAFI Annual Research Meeting, Brisbane, Australia, (). 6 - 7 August 2013.

  • Jordan, D., Mace, E. and Borrell, A. (2013). Sorghum crop improvement in Australia: integrating breeding, genomics, physiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and simulation modelling. In: Proceedings of the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Sorghum Research Institute, Liaoning Academy of Agricultural Science. 2013 Annual Meeting of the Sorghum Research Institute, Liaoning Academy of Agricultural Science, Shenyang, China, (). 28-30 January, 2013.

  • Christopher, Jack, Chenu, Karine, Veyradier, Mathieu, Christopher, Mandy, Jennings, Raeleen, Harvey, Greg, Fletcher, Susan and Borrell, Andrew (2013). Stay-green traits in wheat are linked to yield in well-watered environments. In: Wheat Breeders Assembly Brisbane 2013: Program and Abstracts. WBA2013: Wheat Breeders Assembly 2013, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (18-18). 16-19 July, 2013.

  • Borrell, A. K. (2012). Physiological and molecular approaches to drought adaptation in cereals (Plenary Address). In: Proceedings of the Indian Society of Plant Physiology 2012 Conference. Indian Society of Plant Physiology 2012 Conference, Hyderabad, India, (). 10-14 December 2012.

  • Christopher, J. T., Borrell, A. K., Chenu, K., Jennings, R., Harvey, G., Manschadi, A. M. and Hammer, G. L. (2011). Characterising root systems throughout the life cycle to identify adaptive root traits for water-limitation. In: Wheat Breeding Assembly, Perth, Australia, (). 24-26 August 2011.

  • Borrell, Andrew K., Jordan, David R. and George-Jaeggli, Barbara (2011). Developing drought-adapted sorghum germplasm for Africa and Australia: Stay-green trait beneficial in tall and short backgrounds. In: Plant and Animal Genome XIX Conference. Plant and Animal Genome XIX Conference, San Diego CA, United States, (). 15-19 January 2011.

  • Frederiks, T. M., Christopher, J. T., Harvey, G., Kelly, A. and Borrell, A. K. (2011). Optimising methods of field screening for reproductive frost resistance. In: Proceedings of the Wheat Breeders Assembly, Perth, Australia.. Wheat Breeders Assembly, Perth, Australia, (). 24-26 August 2011.

  • Frederiks, T.M., Christopher, J.T., Borrell, A.K. and Fletcher, S. (2011). Variation in frost susceptibility of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) during head-emergence and implications for phenotyping. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Plant Cold Hardiness Seminar (IPCHS), Luxembourg.. 9th International Plant Cold Hardiness Seminar (IPCHS), Luxembourg, Belgium, (). 17-22 July 2011.

  • Borrell, Andrew, Paterson, Andrew H., Hash, C. Tom, Billot, Claire, Jordan, David R., Lespinasse, Denis, Weltzien, Eva, Rattunde, H. Fred W., Upadhyaya, Hari D., Glaszmann, Jean-Christophe, Rami, Jean-Francois, Vaksmann, Michel, Teme, Niaba, Niangado, Oumar, Ramu, Punna, Senthilvel, S., Deshpande, Santosh P., Bouchet, Sophie and Kresovich, Stephen (2010). A GCP Challenge Initiative: Drought Tolerance Improvement for Sorghum in Africa. In: Abstracts for the Plant & Animal Genome XVIII Conference. Plant & Animal Genome XVIII Conference, San Diego, CA, U.S.A., (). 9-13 January 2010.

  • van Oosterom, Erik, Borrell, Andrew, Deifel, Kurt and Hammer, Graeme (2010). Plant design features that improve grain yield of sorghum under post-anthesis drought stress. In: Proceedings of the 1st Australian Summer Grains Conference. Australian Summer Grains Conference 2010, Gold Coast, Qld., Australia, (). 21-24 June 2010.

  • Christopher, J. T., Manschadi, A., Hammer, G. L. and Borrell, A. K. (2008). Stay-green wheat for Australia's changing, dry environment. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Wheat Genetics Symposium. 11th International Wheat Genetics Symposium, Brisbane, Queensland, (). 24-29 Aug 2008.

  • Harris, Karen, Subudhi, PK, Borrell, Andrew, Jordan, David, Rosenow, Darrell, Nguyen, Henry, Klein, Patricia, Klein, Robert and Mullet, John (2007). Sorghum stay-green QTL individually reduce post-flowering drought-induced leaf senescence. In: International Conference on Integrated Appraches to Sustain and Improve Plant Production under Drought Stress, Rome, Italy, (327-338). 24-28 September 2005. doi:10.1093/jxb/erl225

  • Van Oosterom, E J, Hammer, G L, Borrell, A. and Broad, J. (2006). What determines expression of stay-green under post-anthesis drought stress?. In: Borrell, A. K., Henzell, R. G. and Jordan, D. R., Proceedings from the 5th Australian Sorghum Conference. 5th Australian Sorghum Conference, Gold Coast, (1-10). 30 January - 2 February 2006.

  • Mahrup, Borrell, Andrew, Ma'shum, Mansur, Kusnarta, IGM, Sukartono, Tisdall, Judy and Gill, Jaikirat S. (2005). Soil management systems improve water use efficiency of rainfed rice in the semi-arid tropics of southern Lombok, Eastern Indonesia. In: 5th Asian Crop Science Conference (5ACSC), Brisbane, Australia, (342-344). 26 September - 1 October 2004. doi:10.1626/pps.8.342

  • Mullet, J., Klein, P., Klein, R., Rooney, B., Jordan, D., Borrell, A., Pratt, L., Cordonnier-Pratt, M. M., Price, D. S. J., Morishige, D., Menz, M., Buchanan, C., Salzman, R., Islam-Faridi, N., Harris, K., Brady, J., Kim, J. S., Lim, S. and Zhou, B. (2005). Sorghum and the genetic basis of drought tolerance. In: Annual Main Meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology, Barcelona, Spain, (S299-S299). 11-15 July 2005.

  • Christopher, John T., Borrell, Andrew K., Manschadi, A. M., Hammer, Graeme and Chapman, Scott (2004). Developing high yielding wheat for water limited environments in northern Australia. In: T. Fischer, N. Turner, J. Angus, L. McIntyre, M. Robertson, A. Borrell and D. Lloyd, New Directions for a Diverse Planet: Proceedings of the 4th International Crop Science Congress. 4th International Crop Science Congress, Brisbane, Australia, (1-6). 26 September-1 October 2004.

  • Borrell, Andrew K., Jordan, David, Mullet, John, Klein, Patricia, Klein, Robert, Nguyen, Henry, Rosenow, Darrell, Hammer, Graeme, Douglas, Andrew and Henzell, Bob (2004). Discovering stay-green drought tolerance genes in sorghum: A multidisciplinary approach. In: T. Fischer, N. Turner, J. Angus, L. McIntyre, M. Robertson, A. Borrell and D. Lloyd, New Directions for a Diverse Planet: Proceedings of the 4th International Crop Science Congress. 4th International Crop Science Congress, Brisbane, Australia, (1-5). 26 September-1 October 2004.

  • Borrell, A., Van Oosterom, E. J., Hammer, G. L., Jordan, D. and Douglas, A. (2003). The physiology of "stay-green" in sorghum. In: Australian Society of Agronomy, Proceedings of the 11th Australian Agronomy Conference. 11th Australian Agronomy Conference, Geelong, Victoria, (1-4). 2-6 February, 2003.

  • Chapman, S.C., Hammer, G. L., Cooper, M., Podlich, D. and Borrell, A. (2001). The role of modelling in linking physiology, molecular biology and plant breeding. In: Borrell and Henzell, Fourth Australian Sorghum Conference. Fourth Australian Sorghum Conference, Kooralbyn, Queensland, (). 5-8 February, 2001.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision