Dr Alice Hayward

UQ Amplify Researcher

Centre for Horticultural Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
a.hayward@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 62295

Overview

I am a Plant Molecular Physiologist in the Mitter Lab at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation. My interests include using biotechnology to understand plant form and function and improve horticultural sustainability, and I am passoinate about restoring and preventing further degradation of the environment. Our team specificially focuses on genetic and tissue culture technologies to improve our understanding of productivity and develop commerical propagation solutions for crops in close partnership with industry. We also have a dedicated research stream in cryobiotechnology for the conservation of recalcitrant crop germplasm, as well as rare and threatened plants. Our aim is to help our industries and environment become more resilient to ongoing change and assit with conservation and recovery of endangered plants through tissue culture innovations. Our flagship species is the avocado, and our team has been involved with producing the first genome sequence for avocado, as well as the world's first commerical tissue culture pipelines for avocado propagation and cryopreservation. Our ongoing vision is extension of these technologie to new species and crops for both horticultureal and environmental outcomes.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Avocado (Persea Americana Mill) is a high value horticultural crop for Queensland. Currently, avocado genetic resources are maintained in the form of field repositories at great cost and risk of natural disasters, pest and diseases. Cryopreservation is the long-term storage of live tissues at ultra-low temperatures, and offers a necessary, complimentary method that is safe, cost-effective and long-term. This project will further develop our cryopreservation protocol for avocado, and translate this to a number of Persea spp cultivars/diverse germplasm. The student will work closely with collaborators in California, USA, and will have opportunity to work in California for a part of their project. The student may also have opportunity to undertake some next-generation molecular work in order to help elucidate Persea evolution and diversity with the goal to inform cryopreservation priorities. This project could be transformational for genetic preservation of avocado and other important tree species.

    Location: Mitter Laboratory, QAAFI Centre for Plant Science, Queensland Bioscience Precinct, UQ St Lucia campus, Brisbane. In collaboration with The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens, California, USA.Contact supervisors: A/Prof. Neena Mitter (mailto:n.mitter@uq.edu.au) and Dr Alice Hayward (mailto:a.hayward@uq.edu.au)

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Shaw, Lindsay, Nath, Onkar, Fletcher, Stephen, Henry, Robert, Mitter, Neena and Hayward, Alice (2020). Avocado transcriptomic resources. Reference Module in Food Science. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-08-100596-5.22733-9

  • Hiti-Bandaralage, Jayeni, Hayward, Alice, O’Brien, Chris, Gleeson, Madeleine, Nak, William and Mitter, Neena (2019). Advances in avocado propagation for the sustainable supply of planting materials. Achieving sustainable cultivation of tropical fruits. (pp. 215-238) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing. doi: 10.19103/as.2019.0054.19

  • O’Brien, Christopher, Hiti-Bandaralage, Jayeni C. A., Hayward, Alice and Mitter, Neena (2018). Avocado (Persea americana Mill.). Step Wise Protocols for Somatic Embryogenesis of Important Woody Plants. (pp. 305-328) edited by Shri Mohan Jain and Pramod Gupta. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-79087-9_24

  • Hayward, Alice (2012). Introduction - Oilseed Brassicas. Genetics, genomics and breeding of Oilseed Brassicas. (pp. 1-13) edited by David Edwards, Jacqueline Batley, Isobel Parkin and Chittaranjan Kole. Enfield, United States: Science Publishers.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Gleeson, Madeleine , Hayward, Alice , Hiti Bandalarage, Jayeni , Fletcher, Stephen and Mitter, Neena (2018). Adventitious Rooting in Avocado - Unravelling the Bottleneck to Propagation. Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXIV, San Diego, CA, United States, 13-17 January 2018. San Diego, CA, United States:

  • Ahsan, M. U., Hayward, A., Powell, R., Wilkie, J., Beveridge, C. and Mitter, N. (2018). MicroRNA control of flowering and annual crop cycle in tropical/subtropical horticultural trees. International Symposia on Tropical and Temperate Horticulture, Cairns, QLD Australia, 20 November 2016. Leuven, Belgium: International Society for Horticultural Science. doi: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1205.84

  • Hiti Bandalarage, Jayeni , Hayward, Alice , O'Brien, Christopher and Mitter, Neena (2017). Micropropagation: The Future of Clonal Propagation of Avocado. International Tropical Agriculture Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 20-22 November 2017. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: TropAg.

  • Mohd Rodzi, A., Hayward, A., Hiti Bandaralage, J., O'Brien, C., Gleeson, M. and Mitter, N. (2015). Factors affecting avocado shoot health in culture. VIII World Avocado Congress, Lima, Peru, 13- 18 September 2015. Lima Peru: World Avocado Congress.

  • Hiti Bandaralage, J., Hayward, A., O'Brien, C. and Mitter, N. (2015). Gibberellin and cytokinin in synergy for a rapid nodal multiplication system of avocado. VIII World Avocado Congress, Lima, Peru, 13- 18 September 2015. Lima Peru: World Avocado Congress.

  • Hiti Bandalarage, Jayeni , Hayward, Alice and Mitter, Neena (2015). Synergistic effect of Gibberellin and Cytokinin for a rapid nodal multiplication system of Avocado. International Tropical Agriculture Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 16-18 November 2015. Brisbane, Australia: International Tropical Agriculture Conference.

  • Golicz, A. A., Bayer, P. E., Martinez, P. A., Lai, K., Lorenc, M. T., Alamery, S., Hayward, A., Tollenaere, R., Batley, J., Edwards, D., Long, Y. and Meng, J. (2013). Characterising diversity in the brassica genomes. 6th International Symposium on Brassicas / 18th Crucifer Genetics Workshop, Catania, Italy, 12-16 November 2012. Leuven, Belgium: International Society for Horticultural Science. doi: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2013.1005.1

  • Hayward, A. C. (2003). Finding partners of the GmNARK Protein Kinase. The Inaugural Retreat for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Inh, Moreton Bay Research Station, North Stradbroke Island, 27th February to 2nd March, 2003. UQ: ARC Centre of Excellence For Integrative Legume Research.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Avocado (Persea Americana Mill) is a high value horticultural crop for Queensland. Currently, avocado genetic resources are maintained in the form of field repositories at great cost and risk of natural disasters, pest and diseases. Cryopreservation is the long-term storage of live tissues at ultra-low temperatures, and offers a necessary, complimentary method that is safe, cost-effective and long-term. This project will further develop our cryopreservation protocol for avocado, and translate this to a number of Persea spp cultivars/diverse germplasm. The student will work closely with collaborators in California, USA, and will have opportunity to work in California for a part of their project. The student may also have opportunity to undertake some next-generation molecular work in order to help elucidate Persea evolution and diversity with the goal to inform cryopreservation priorities. This project could be transformational for genetic preservation of avocado and other important tree species.

    Location: Mitter Laboratory, QAAFI Centre for Plant Science, Queensland Bioscience Precinct, UQ St Lucia campus, Brisbane. In collaboration with The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens, California, USA.Contact supervisors: A/Prof. Neena Mitter (mailto:n.mitter@uq.edu.au) and Dr Alice Hayward (mailto:a.hayward@uq.edu.au)