Dr Emma Mace

Senior Research Fellow

Centre for Plant Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
emma.mace@uq.edu.au
+61 7 4542 6729

Overview

Dr Emma Mace’s research interest is in developing and applying innovative genomics approaches to support sorghum improvement activities.

In Dr Mace’s current role leading sorghum genomics research components of research projects funded by the Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Global Crop Diversity Trust, her work focuses on generating significant innovative outcomes across a range of applications, from basic through to applied, specifically in using technologies to bridge the gene to phenotype gap, and to elucidate the genetic basis of quantitative and qualitative traits.

Research Interests

  • Sorghum
  • Genomics

Research Impacts

Australia produces at least 2 million tonnes of grain sorghum each year. Sorghum is one of the most diverse crop species with great potential for improvement in yield, drought resistance, insect resistance and grain quality. An understanding of the genetic control of key characteristics provides plant breeders with new opportunities to increase the rate of genetic gain and breed new improved genotypes. However, the complexity of gene function determination remains one of the major challenges facing plant biologists today, despite the development and application of new technologies, including high throughput genotyping and next-generation sequencing.

The UQ sorghum genomics team, together with researchers at DAF, are using an integrated set of technologies and germplasm collections to enhance gene function determination in sorghum.

Our capacity: marker-assisted selection, genomic selection and mapping

Applications

• high resolution genetic mapping for quantitative traits and identification of beneficial alleles

• development of customised SNP markers for target traits for Marker Assisted Selection

• development of whole-genome prediction models for applying genomic selection for target traits

The integrated application of new technologies and resources within the sorghum breeding program is being used in a range of research projects investigating a range of crop trait characteristics including drought tolerance, grain size, photosynthesis and grain yield.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Plant Genetics), University of Birmingham, UK
  • Master of Science (Plant Genetics), University of Birmingham, UK
  • Bachelor of Science (Biology), University of Nottingham, UK

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Mace, E. S., Mathur, P. N., Godwin, I. D., Hunter, D., Taylor, M. B., Singh, D., DeLacy, I. H. and Jackson, G. V. H. (2010). Development of a regional core collection (Oceania) for taro, Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott, based on molecular and phenotypic characterization. In V. Ramanatha Rao, P. J. Matthews, P. B. Eyzaguirre and D. Hunter (Ed.), The Global Diversity of Taro: Ethnobotany and Conservation (pp. 185-201) Rome, Italy: Bioversity International.

  • Paterson, Andrew H., Stalker, H. Thomas, Meagher, Maria, Burow, Mark D., Dwivedi, Sangam L., Crouch, Jonathan H. and Mace, Emma S. (2004). Genomics and genetic enhancement of peanut. In Richard F. Wilson, H. Thomas Stalker and E. Charles Brummer (Ed.), Legume Crop Genomics (pp. 97-109) Champaign, United States: AOCS Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Singh, Vijaya, van Oosterom, Erik, Jordan, David, Mace, Emma and Hammer, Graeme (2010). Genetic control of root system architecture in sorghum and its implications on water extraction. In: J. Wery, I, Shili-Touzi and A. Perrin, Proceedings of Agro2010: The XIth ESA Congress. Agro2010 XIth ESA Congress, Montpellier, France, (553-554). 29 August - 3 September, 2010.

  • Bovill, J. H., Lehmensiek, A., McNamara, B., Wildermuth, G. B., Platz, G., Mace, E. and Sutherland, M. W. (2007). The identification and validation of QTLs conferring resistance to spot blotch and common root rot in barley. In: Phytopathology. , , (S12-S13). .

  • Christopher, M, Mace, E, Jordan, D, Rodgers, D, McGowan, P, Delacy, I, Banks, P, Sheppard, J, Butler, D and Poulsen, D (2007). Applications of pedigree-based genome mapping in wheat and barley breeding programs. In: EUPHYTICA. 13th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference, Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND, (307-316). 18-21 Apr 2006. doi:10.1007/s10681-006-9199-z

  • Christopher, Mandy J., Mace, Emma, Jordan, David, Rodgers, David, McGowan, Paul, DeLacy, Ian H., Banks, Phillip M., Sheppard, John., Butler, David G. and Poulsen, David (2006). Applications of pedigree-based genome mapping in wheat and barley breeding programs. In: Advances in pasture plant breeding : Papers from the 13th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference. 13th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, (). 18-21 April 2006.

  • Crouch, JH, Buhariwalla, HK, Blair, M, Mace, E, Jayasharee, B and Serraj, R (2004). Biotechnology-based contributions to enhancing legume productivity in resource-poor areas. In: Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation. International Workshop on the Biological Nitrogen Fixation for Increased Crop Productivity, Montpellier France, (47-65). Jul 10-14, 2002.

  • Hadkins, ES, Lester, RN and Maxted, N (1995). The European Solanaceae Information Network. In: First International Symposium On Solanacea for Fresh Market. 1st International Symposium on Solanacea for Fresh Market, Malaga Spain, (80-87). Mar 28-31, 1995.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision