Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Ata-ur Rehman

Dr Ata-ur Rehman

Dr Ata-ur Rehman completed his PhD at the King's College University of London, UK in 1991. The work included purification of two type of laccases (1&11) and cloning of laccase-1 gene from the root rot fungus Armillaria mellea .

The postdoctoral research included, Agrobacterium mediated transformation of pasture legume Medicago  truncatula.;construction of different gene cassettes and their, biolistic and electroporation mediated, delivery in cereals (wheat, barley & rice) and Isolation, cloning and transformation of the Glycerol phosphate dehydrogenase genes (GPD1 & 2) in the wine yeast, to produce low alcohol wines with improved sweetness and palate.Past research and supervisory activities includes development and implementation of DNA and protein markers for improvement of cereals crops such as barley, wheat, rice and canola; genetic identification of Australian olives cultivars and olive oils using molecular markers; supervision of number of Master and PhD students on research work to investigate and develop high value bioactive compounds as therapeutic agents against human ailments such diabetes, hypertension, cancer

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Dr Ata-ur Rehman is leading an ACIAR funded research project to improve the productivity and profitability of lentil, chickpea and ground crops in the existing cropping systems in Pakistan.The farmer-led project focuses on identifying agronomic factors limiting the productivity and profitability of lentils, chickpeas and groundnut, and evaluation of possible solutions; Increasing opportunities for farmers to undertake postharvest value addition to chickpea, lentil and groundnut crops, by adapting and demonstrating food processing technologies suitable for small holders to add value to crops where appropriate; and developing site-specific village-based seed production and seed dissemination systems to increase farmer access to improved varieties.

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  • Rosy Raman, Belinda Taylor., Steve Marcroft., Jiri Stiller., Paul Eckermann., Neil Coombes., Ata Rehman, Kurt Lindbeck., David Luckett., Neil Wratten., Jacqueline Batley., David Edwards., Xiaowu Wang., and Harsh Raman (2012). Molecular mapping of qualitative and quantitative loci for resistance to Leptosphaeria maculans causing blackleg disease in canola (Brassica napus L.) Theor Appl Genet. 125, 405-418 Ee,
  • K.Y., Zhao, J, Rehman, A.and Agboola, S (2012). In vitro antioxidant and bioactive properties of raw and roasted wattle (Acacia victoriae Bentham) seed extracts. International Journal of Food Science and Technology. 47, 9, 2000-2008.
  •  Inayatullah S, Prenzler P, Obied H, Rehman A, and Mirza B (2012). Bioprospecting traditional Pakistani medicinal plants for potent antioxidants. Food Chemistry 132 , 222–229 Ee,
  • K.Y., Zhao, J, Rehman, A.and Agboola, S (2011). Glycosylation, amino acid analysis and kinetic properties of a major Kunitz-type trypsin inhibitor from Acacia victoriae Bentham seeds. 2011. Food Chemistry 129, 1224-1227
  •  A. Rehman, N.Evans, M.C. Gianibelli, P. Martin and R.J.Rose(2008).Allelic variation of high and low molecular weight glutenin subunits at Glu-Dtin Triticum tauschii as a source of improving bread wheat quality. Australian Journal of Agriculture Research Volume 59, No 5, p 399-405
  •  Ata-ur-Rehman, Kristy Hobson,Kevin Moore, Kurt Lindbeck (2016). Microsatellite marker-based assessment of Australian chickpea (Cicer arientinum L.) breeding germplasm for suitable disease management. Submitted. Crop and Pasture Science. CP 15272
  • A.Rehman, R. Mailer, Belaj, A, de la Rosa R, Raman, H (2012). Microsatellite marker-based identification of mother plants for the reliable propagation of olive (Olea europaea L.) cultivars in Australia. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology 87 (6) 647-653.
  •  K.W.Jayasena, A-U. Rehman, R.J. Rose and J.W. Randles (2001). Resistance to Alfalfa mosaic virus AMV in transgenic barrel medic lines containing the virus coat protein gene. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 52. 67-72.
  •  Miguel de Barros Lopes, Ata–ur-Rehman, Holger Gockowiak, Anthony J. Heinrich, Peter Langridge and Paul A. Henschke (2000). Fermentation properties of a wine yeast over-expressing the Saccharomyces cerevisiae glycerol 3-phosphate dehydrogenase gene (GPD2). Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 6, 208-215.
  • Rehman, A., and Thurston, C.F. (1992). Purification of Laccase 1 from Armillaria mellea. Journal of General Microbiology, Volume 138, 1251-1257. Ee,
  •  K.Y., Zhao, J, Rehman, A.and Agboola, S (2008).Characterisation of trypsin and α-chymotrypsin inhibitors in Australian wattle seed (Acacia victoriae Bentham). Food Chemistry, 107, 337-343

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