Staff Members with ACPFG

Pallotta, Margie
PositionHigher Education Officer Level 7
Phone+61 8 8313 7171
Research Interests

Margie is currently working on gene discovery projects in the hybrid wheat research area as well as genetic characterisation of sources of resistance to late maturity alpha amylase in wheat. More broadly, she is interested in genetic variation, adaptation and impediments to recombination in cereal crops.


Margie has an undergraduate degree in Science (University of Adelaide). She commenced work at The University of Adelaide working on cereal cytogenetics projects as well as wheat/rye hybrid production and triticale breeding. She moved to Canberra to work at CSIRO Plant Industry investigating the nature of somaclonal variation in wheat. After a return to Adelaide, Margie worked with several groups on trait mapping in cereals, and development of molecular markers for deployment in breeding programs. Margie joined ACPFG in 2004 and has worked on numerous gene analysis projects as well as characterisation of a barley transposon-tagged population and, more recently, understanding the genetic basis for boron toxicity tolerance in wheat.


Pallotta M, Schnurbusch T, Hayes J, Hay A, Baumann U, Paull J, Langridge P and Sutton T (2014) Molecular basis of adaptation to high soil boron in wheat landraces and elite cultivars. Nature 514: 88-91.

Hayes J, Pallotta M, Baumann U, Berger B, Langridge P and Sutton T (2013). Germanium as a tool to dissect boron toxicity effects in barley and wheat. Functional Plant Biology 40: 618-627.

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. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 118:1465–1476.

Collins NC, Shirley NJ, Saeed M, Pallotta M, Gustafson JP (2008). An ALMT1 Gene Cluster Controlling Aluminium 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 and Langridge P (2007).  Boron-toxicity tolerance in barley arising from efflux transporter amplification.  Science 318: 1446-1449. 

Boersma JG, Pallotta MA, Li C, Buirchell BJ, Sivasithamparam K and Yang H (2005). Construction of a genetic linkage map using MFLP, and identification of molecular markers linked to domestication genes in narrow-leafed lupins (Lupinus angustifolius L.). Cell and Molecularl Biology Letters 10: 331-344.

Pallotta MA, Asayama S, Reinheimer JM, Davies PA, Barr AR, Jefferies S, Jefferies SP, Chalmers KJ, Lewis J, Collins HM, Roumeliotis S,  Logue SJ, Coventry SJ, Lance RCM, Karakousis A, Lim P, Verbyla AP and Eckerman PJ (2003).  Mapping and QTL analysis of the barley population  Amagi Nijo x WI2585.  Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 54:1141-1144.

Pallotta MA, Warner P, Fox RL, Kuchel H, Jefferies SJ and Langridge P (2003). Marker assisted wheat breeding in the southern region of Australia. Proceedings of the 10th International Wheat Genetis Symposium, Paestum, Italy.

Pallotta MA, Graham RD, Langridge P, Sparrow DHB, Barker SJ (2000). RFLP mapping of manganese efficiency in barley.  Theoretical and Applied Genetics 101:1100-1108.

Jefferies SP, Pallotta MA, Paull JG, Karakousis, A Kretschmer, JM, Manning S, Islam AKMR, Langridge P and Chalmers KJ (2000). Mapping and validation of chromosome regions conferring boron toxicity tolerance in wheat (Triticum aestivum). Theoretical and Applied Genetics 101:767-777.

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