Staff Members with ACPFG

Collins, Nick
PositionACPFG Science Executive Group leader for heat tolerance
Phone+61 8 8313 7171
Research Interests

Cereal molecular genetics, stress physiology and disease resistance.


Nick Collins’ background is in cereal molecular genetics, with an emphasis on positional cloning of genes controlling natural variation for significant agronomic traits, to generate basic knowledge and breeding tools. After completing a PhD in plant virology at the University of Adelaide, he investigated rust resistance at CSIRO and durable resistance to powdery mildew in the Sainsbury Laboratory UK. In 2003, he moved back to Adelaide to join the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics where he established research programs on tolerance to frost, aluminium toxicity and heat.

Nick leads a GRDC-funded multi-institutional project on the genetics of heat tolerance in wheat and is involved in several other collaborative projects on heat tolerance at the ACPFG. He maintains additional interests in the areas of aluminium tolerance, frost tolerance and disease resistance.


Roy SJ, Collins NC, Munns R (in press). Abiotic stress genes and mechanisms in wheat. In Encyclopaedia of Food Grains, Eds Seetharaman K and Wrigley C. Elsevier, Atlanta, USA. In press.

Maphosa L, Collins NC, Taylor J, Eagles H and Mather DE (2014). Post-anthesis heat and a Gpc-B1 introgression have similar but non-additive effects in bread wheat. Functional Plant Biology 41:1002-1008.

Houston K, McKim SM, Comadran J, Bonar N, Druka I, Uzrek N, Cirillo E, Guzy-Wrobelska J, Collins NC, Halpin C, Hansson M, Dockter C, Druka A, Waugh R (2013). Variation in the interaction between alleles of HvAPETALA2 and microRNA172 determines the density of grains on the barley inflorescence. Proc Natl Acad Science USA 110:16675-16680.

Lüpken T, Stein N, Perovic D, Habekuß A, Serfling A, Krämer I, Hähnel U, Steuernagel B, Scholz U, Ariyadasa R, Martis M, Mayer K, Niks R, Collins NC, Friedt W, Ordon F (2013). High-resolution mapping of the barley Ryd3 locus controlling tolerance to BYDV. Molecular Breeding 33:477-488.

Acevedo-Garcia J, Collins NC, Ahmadinejad N, Ma L, Houben A, Bednarek P, Benjdia M, Freialdenhoven A, Altmüller J, Nürnberg P, Reinhardt R, Schulze-Lefert P, Panstruga R (2013). Fine mapping and chromosome walking towards the Ror1 locus in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Theor. Appl. Genet. 126:2969–2982.

Shavrukov Y, Bovill J, Afzal I, Hayes J, Roy S, Tester M, Collins NC (2013). HVP10 encoding V-PPase is a prime candidate for the barley HvNax3 sodium exclusion gene - evidence from fine mapping and expression analysis. Planta 237:1111–1122.

Rivandi J, Miyazaki J, Hrmova M, Pallotta M, Tester M, Collins NC (2010). A SOS3 homologue maps to HvNax4, a barley locus controlling an environmentally sensitive Na+ exclusion trait. Journal of Experimental Botany. 62:1201-1216.

Bulgarelli D, Biselli C, Collins NC, Consonni G, Stanca AM, Schulze-Lefert P, Valè G (2010). The CC-NB-LRR-type Rdg2a resistance gene confers immunity to the seed-borne barley leaf stripe pathogen in the absence of hypersensitive cell death. PLoS ONE 5:e12599.

Shavrukov Y, Gupta NK, Miyazaki J, Baho MN, Chalmers KJ, Tester M, Langridge P, Collins NC (2010). HvNax3 – a locus controlling shoot sodium exclusion derived from wild barley (Hordeum vulgare ssp. spontaneum). Functional and Integrative Genomics 10:277-291.

Shi B-J, Gustafson JP, Button J, Miyazaki J, Pallotta M, Gustafson N, Zhou H, Langridge P, Collins NC (2009). Physical analysis of the complex rye (Secale cereale L.) Alt4 aluminium (aluminum) tolerance locus using a whole-genome BAC library of rye cv. Blanco. Theor. Appl. Genet., 119: 695-704.

Chen A, Reinheimer J, Brûlé-Babel A, Baumann U, Pallotta M, Fincher GB, Collins NC (2009). Genes and traits associated with chromosome 2H and 5H regions controlling sensitivity of reproductive tissues to frost in barley. Theor Appl Genet, 118:1465-1476.

Collins NC, Tardieu F, Tuberosa R (2008) Quantitative trait loci and crop performance under abiotic stress: Where do we stand? Plant Physiol. 147:  469-486.

Collins NC, Shirley NJ, Saeed M, Pallotta M, Gustafson JP (2008). An ALMT1 gene cluster controlling aluminium (Aluminum) tolerance at the Alt4 locus of rye (Secale cereale L.). Genetics, 179: 669-682.

Sutton T, Baumann U, Hayes J, Collins NC, Shi B-J, Schnurbusch T, Hay A, Mayo G, Pallotta M, Tester M, Langridge P (2007). Boron-toxicity tolerance in barley arising from efflux transporter amplification. Science 318: 1446-1449.

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