Dr Jaquie Mitchell

Senior Lecturer Agronomy

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 51494


Dr Jaquie Mitchell’s research activities are focused around two core themes. Jaquie has worked on various Research for Development projects based in South-East Asia with the aim of improving productivity and livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Currently she leads a weed management project for mechanised and broadcast lowland crop production systems in Laos and Cambodia. While a recently completed project focused on mechanization and value adding for diversification of lowland cropping systems. The second research theme includes examining genetic variation for resistance to abiotic stress, such as low-temperature tolerance at the reproductive stage in rice, the advantage of reduced-tillering gene in wheat grown under terminal drought, the effect of salinity and water-deficit on production of volatile compounds in aromatic rice. Currently Jaquie is lead investigator of an AgriFutures funded rice project examining genetic variation in physiological traits of importance to aerobic adaptation, and potential donor genotypes for use by the Australian rice breeding program aimed at aerobic production for the Riverina and northern Australia. Based at The University of Queensland, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Jaquie provides specialist guidance and assistance to undergraduate and postgraduate research students within crop physiology and agronomy. She has extensive experience conducting research projects focused on abiotic stress and cropping systems research.

Research Interests

  • Physiological traits of importance for rice production under aerobic conditions
    Aerobic rice in southern Australia is a potential new system, and as such little research has been conducted on the identification of donor varieties with specific adaptation to aerobic conditions, nor the physiological mechanisms underlying the requirements for aerobic varieties.This project aims to develop screening methods to identify donor varieties and evaluate genetic variation in key traits that contribute to aerobic adaptation. The project will link phenotype to genotype and identified traits to genomic regions for the direct incorporation into the Australian rice breeding program to maximize productivity of rice adapted to a new reduced water input system.
  • Cropping intensification & diversification in SE Asia
    ACIAR project in SE Asia (2014-19) was focused on mechanization and value adding for diversification of lowland cropping systems in Lao PDR and Cambodia. Also focused on improved agronomic management in lowland rice-based cropping systems in Laos and Cambodia, including non-rice crops such as maize, peanuts, soybean and mungbean to predominantly rice based cropping systems.
  • Cold tolerance in rice
    A RIRDC funded rice project (2012-2018) 'Cold tolerant traits and QTLs for improved efficiency of rice breeding program' where we examined low temperature tolerance in rice, mostly targeting the NSW rice industry. The major objective of the project was to improve understanding of cold tolerance in terms of underlying physiological mechanisms and the molecular basis (genomics) of traits involved in the maintenance of cold tolerance.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Masters of Agricultural Science, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Sience, The University of Queensland


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