Staff Members with ACPFG

Whitford, Ryan
PositionHybrid Wheat Program Leader
Phone61 8 8313 7280
Research Interests

Ryan is a plant molecular biologist who works on projects both in the ACPFG drought group and hybrid wheat program. He is interested in floral developmental biology and the underlying molecular mechanisms behind plant responses to abiotic stress. He has previously worked on projects ranging from meiosis to extracellular peptide-based signalling in Arabidopsis and cereals.


Ryan completed his PhD at the Co-operative Research Centre for Molecular Plant Breeding at the University of Adelaide. He worked as a Molecular Biologist for Bayer Cropscience GmbH (Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany) before a postdoctoral period within the Flemish Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (Ghent University, Belgium). Since returning to Australia in 2008 he has been a Postdoctoral Researcher within the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, and in 2010 took on a leading role for the hybrid wheat program in collaboration with DuPont-Pioneer (USA).


Nagahatenna, D. S. K., Langridge P., and Whitford, R. (2015) Tetrapyrrole-based drought stress signaling. Plant Biotechnology Journal DOI: 10.1111/pbi.12356

Fleury, D. and Whitford, R. (2014) Crop Breeding: Methods and Protocols. Series: Methods in Molecular Biology, Vol. 1145. 250p Humana Press. ISBN 978-1-4939-0445-7

Whitford, R., Fleury, D., Reif, J.C., Garcia, M., Okada, T., Korzun, V., and Langridge, P. (2013) Hybrid breeding in wheat: technologies to improve hybrid wheat seed production. Journal of Experimental Botany (Darwin Review) DOI: 10.1093/jxb/ert333

Whitford, R., Fernandez, A., Tejos, R., Cuellar Perez, A., Kleine-Vehn, J., Vanneste, S., Drozdzecki, A., Leitner, J., Abas, L., Aerts, M., Hoogewijs., K., Baster, P., De Groodt, R., Lin, Y-C., Storme, V., Van de Peer, Y., Beeckman, T., Madder, A., Devreese, B., Luschnig, C., Friml, J., and Hilson, P. (2012) GOLVEN secretory peptides regulate auxin carrier turnover during plant gravitropic responses. Developmental Cell 22(3):678-685.

Mortier, V., Den Herder, G., Whitford, R., Van de Velde, W., Rombauts, S., D’haeseleer, K., Holsters, M., Goormatig, S. (2010) CLE peptides control Medicago truncatula nodulation both locally and systemically. Plant Physiology 153(1):222-237.

Whitford, R., Gilbert, M., and Langridge, P. (2009) Biotechnology in Agriculture. In: Reynolds, M. P. (eds.) Climate Change and Crop Production. Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux International (CABI) publishing, Wallingford, UK.

Whitford, R., Fernandez, A., De Groodt, R., Ortega, E., and Hilson, P. (2008) Plant CLE peptides from two distinct functional classes synergistically induce division of vascular cells. PNAS 105(47):18625-30.

Whitford, R., Baumann, U., Sutton, T., Gumaelius, L., Wolters, P., Tingey, S., Able, J. A., and Langridge, P. (2007) Identification of transposons, retroelements, and a gene family predominantly expressed in floral tissues in chromosome 3DS of the hexaploid wheat progenitor Aegilops tauschii. Functional & Integrative Genomics 7(1):37-52.

Underwood, B. A., Vanderhaeghen, R., Whitford, R., Town, C. D. and Hilson, P. (2006) Simultaneous recombinational cloning of ORFs in closed and open configuration. Plant Biotechnology Journal 4:317-324.

Dong, C., Thomas, S., Becker, D., Lörz, H., Whitford, R., Sutton, T., Able, J. A., and Langridge, P. (2005) WM5: Isolation and characterisation of a gene expressed during early meiosis and shoot meristem development in wheat. Functional Plant Biology 32(3):249-258.

Sutton, T., Whitford, R., Baumann, U., Dong, C., and Langridge, P. (2003) The Ph2 pairing homoeologous locus of wheat (Triticum aestivum): Identification of candidate meiotic genes using a comparative genetics approach. The Plant Journal 6(4):443-456.

Dong, C., Whitford, R. and Langridge P. (2002) A DNA mismatch repair gene links to the Ph2 locus in wheat. Genome 45: 116-124.

Henricus Bastiaans, Günter Donn, Nathalie Knittel, Arianna Martelletti, Richard Rees, Michael Schwall and Ryan Whitford (2005) “PLANT GROWTH REGULATION - 3,4-disubstituted maleimideals, indolinone, azepinone, substituierte 2-amino-6-oxy-purine and 2,4-diamino-5-substituted-thiazole as phytoregulators” WO/2005/107465, WO/2005/107466, WO/2005/107471, WO/2005/107472, WO/2005/063022

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