Staff Members with ACPFG

Heuer, Sigrid
TitleAssociate Professor
PositionACPFG Science Coordinator
Program Leader Nutrient efficient crops
Director ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub
Wheat in a hot and dry climate
Phone+61 8 8313 1069
Research Interests

Associate Professor Sigrid Heuer leads a program aiming to improve the Nutrient-Use Efficiency in wheat and other crops at the ACPFG. The main objective of this research is to identify traits and genes that contribute to more efficient nutrient uptake and internal usage, i.e., higher grain yield at current fertilizer rates or reduced fertilizer rates without yield penalty. The ultimate goal of this program is to develop crops with stable yield under stress conditions and with improved nutrient-use efficiency. Improvements in these areas will help to contribute to the broader goal of global food security.


Associate Professor Sigrid Heuer joined the ACPFG in January 2013 after nearly ten years as a researcher at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines. At IRRI, Sigrid’s research focused on developing rice with abiotic stress tolerance. Her initial work, in the team of Dr. David Mackill, focused on the SUB1A submergence-tolerance gene and the development of molecular markers to enable molecular breeding of tolerant rice varieties. In addition to this, Sigrid worked on a project on heat-tolerance, however, most of her time in recent years has been devoted to the cloning of the PSTOL1 protein kinase gene, which confers tolerance of phosphorus deficiency in rice.


Melino VJ, Fiene G, Enju A, Cai J, Buchner P, Heuer S (2015). Genetic diversity for root plasticity and nitrogen uptake in wheat seedlings. Functional Plant Biology 10.1071/FP15041.

Garnett T, Plett D, Heuer S, Okamoto M (2015). Genetic approaches to enhancing nitrogen-use efficiency (NUE) in cereals: challenges and future directions. Functional Plant Biology

Chopin J, Laga H, Huang CY, Heuer S, Miklavcic SJ (2015). RootAnalyzer: a cross-section image analysis tool for automated characterization of root cells and tissues. PLOS ONE. Accepted.

Li X, Lawas LMF, Malo R, Glaubitz U, Erban A, Mauleon R, Heuer S, Zuther E, Kopka J, Hincha DK, Jagadish KSV (2015). Metabolic and transcriptomic signatures of rice floral organs reveal sugar starvation as a factor in reproductive failure under heat and drought stress. Plant Cell Environ doi: 10.1111/pce.12545.

Heuer S, Chin JH, Gamuyao R, Haefele SM, Wissuwa M (2013). Molecular breeding for phosphorus-efficient rice. In: Translation Genomics for Crop Breeding: Volume II: Abiotic Stress, Quality and Yield. Editors: Rajeev Varshney, Roberto Tuberosa. ISBN 978-0-470-96291-6 - John Wiley & Sons.

Yang S-Y, Grønlund M, Jakobsen I, Rentsch D, Miyao A, Hirochika H, Kumar CS, Sundaresan V, Salamin N, Catausan S, Mattes N, Heuer S, Gheyselinck J, Paszkowski U (2012). Non-redundant control of rice arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis by two phosphate transporters. Plant Cell 24(10): 4236–51.

Gamuyao R, Chin JH, Pariasca-Tanaka J, Pesaresi P, Dalid C, Slamet-Loedin I, Tecson-Mendoza EM, Wissuwa M, Heuer S (2012). The protein kinase pstol1 from traditional rice confers tolerance of phosphorus deficiency. Nature 488: 535–541.

Chin JH, Gamuyao R, Dalid C, Bustamam M, Prasetiyono J, Moeljopawiro S, Wissuwa M, Heuer S (2011). Developing rice with high yield under phosphorus deficiency: Pup1 sequence to application. Plant Physiol 156: 1202–1216.

Chin JH, Lu X, Haefele SM, Gamuyao R, Ismail AM, Wissuwa M, Heuer S (2010). Development and application of gene-based markers for the major rice QTL Phosphate uptake 1 (Pup1). Theor Appl Genet 120(6): 1073–1086.

Wassmann R, Jagadish S V K, Heuer S, Ismail AM, Redona E, Serraj R, Singh RK, Howell G, Pathak H, Sumfleth K (2009). Climate change affecting rice production: The physiological and agronomic basis for possible adaptation strategies. In: Sparks DL, editor, Burlington: Academic Press, Adv Agron 101: 59-122. ISBN: 978-0-12-374817-1.

Wassmann R, Jagadish S V K, Sumfleth K, Pathak H, Howell G, Ismail AM, Serraj R, Redona E, Singh RK, Heuer S (2009). Regional vulnerability of climate change impacts on Asian rice production and scope for adaptation. Adv Agron 102: 91–133.

Xu K, Xu X, Fukao T, Canlas P, Maghirang-Rodriguez R, Heuer S, Ismail AM, Bailey-Serres J, Ronald PC, Mackill DJ (2006). Sub1A is an ethylene-responsive-factor-like gene that confers submergence tolerance to rice. Nature 442: 705–708.

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