Staff Members with ACPFG

Fleury, Delphine
PositionACPFG Genetics Leader
Program Leader Drought genetics
Phone+61 8 8313 2814
Research Interests

As the Genetics leader, Dr Delphine Fleury coordinates the use and construction of genetic material for ACPFG. She also leads the genetics programme aiming to improve yield in low-rainfall environments in wheat and barley. She is co-investigator of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for genetic diversity and molecular breeding for wheat in a hot and dry climate (IH130200027) (from 2015-2020).


Dr Delphine Fleury joined the ACPFG in 2006 after working on sunflower in ENSAT (Toulouse, France) for two breeding companies (Maisadour and Caussade semences), and on Arabidopsis at the Department of Plant Systems Biology (VIB, Ghent, Belgium). In 2006-2009, Delphine had a project on comparative genomics in wheat and barley associated to EU TriticeaeGenome project. In 2010, she started to work on crops drought tolerance and became partner on the DROPS European FP7 project on drought-tolerant yielding plants (2009-2015). In 2012-2013, Delphine also worked as a consultant for Generation Challenge Program located at CIMMYT on the Integrated Breeding Platform.


Parent B, Shahinnia F, Maphosa L, Berger B, Rabie H, Chalmers K, Kovalchuk A, Langridge P, Fleury D. 2015. Combining field performance with controlled environment plant imaging to identify the genetic control of growth and transpiration underlying yield response to water deficit stress in wheat. Journal of Experimental Botany (doi:10.1093/jxb/erv320).

Fleury D and Langridge P. 2013. Quantitative Trait Loci and association mapping for plant abiotic stress tolerance: trait characterization and introgression for crop improvement and breeding. In: Plant Abiotic Stress, 2nd edition, M.A. Jenks and P.M. Hasegawa eds, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Huynh BL, Mather DE, Schreiber AW, Toubia J, Baumann U, Shoaei Z, Stein N, Ariyadasa R, Stangoulis J, Edwards J, Shirley N, Langridge P, Fleury D. 2012. Clusters of genes encoding fructan biosynthesizing enzymes in wheat and barley. Plant Molecular Biology 80: 299-314.

Langridge P and Fleury D. 2011. Making the most of "omics" for crop breeding. Trends in Biotechnology 29: 33-40

Schulte D , Ariyadasa R, Shi B , Fleury D , Saski C, Atkins M, deJong P, Wu C, Graner A, Langridge P, Stein N. 2011. BAC library resources for map-based cloning and physical map construction in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). BMC Genomics 2011, 12:247

Fleury D, Jefferies S, Kuchel H, Langridge P. 2010. Genetic and genomic tools to improve drought tolerance in wheat. Journal of Experimental Botany 61: 3211-22

Fleury D, Luo MC, Dvorak J, Ramsay L, Gill BS, Anderson OD, You FM, Shoaei Z, Deal KR, Langridge P. 2010. Physical mapping of a large plant genome using global high-information-content-fingerprinting: the distal region of the wheat ancestor Aegilops tauschii chromosome 3DS. BMC Genomics 11: 382

Nelissen H, De Groeve S, Fleury D, Neyt P, Bruno L, Bitonti MB, Vandenbussche F, Van Der Straeten D, Yamaguchi T, Tsukaya H, Witters E, De Jaeger G, Houben A, Van Lijsebettens M. 2010. Plant Elongator regulates auxin-related genes during RNA polymerase II transcription elongation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107: 1678-83.

Robles P, Fleury D, Candela H, Cnops G, Alonso-Peral MM, Anami S, Falcone A, Caldana C,Willmitzer L, Ponce MR, Van Lijsebettens M, Micol JL. 2010 The RON1/FRY1/SAL1 gene is required for leaf morphogenesis and venation patterning in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 152: 1357-72. 

Pien S, Fleury D, Mylne JS, Crevillen P, Inzé D, Avramova Z, Dean C, Grossniklaus U. 2008 ARABIDOPSIS TRITHORAX1 dynamically regulates FLOWERING LOCUS C activation via histone 3 lysine 4 trimethylation. Plant Cell 20:580-8

Fleury D, Himanen K, Cnops G, Nelissen H, Boccardi TM, Maere S, Beemster GT, Neyt P, Anami S, Robles P, Micol JL, Inze D, Van Lijsebettens M. 2007. The Arabidopsis thaliana homolog of yeast BRE1 has a function in cell cycle regulation during early leaf and root growth. Plant Cell 19: 417-32

Nelissen H, Fleury D, Bruno L, Robles P, De Veylder L, Cnops G, Traas J, Micol JL, Van Montagu M, Inzé D and Van Lijsebettens M. 2005. The elongata mutants identify a functional Elongator complex in plants with a role in cell proliferation during organ growth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 102:7754-9

Hervé-Fleury D, Fabre F, Berrios EF, Leroux N, Al Chaarani G, Planchon C, Sarrafi A, Gentzbittel L. 2001. QTL analysis of photosynthesis and water status traits in sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) under greenhouse conditions. Journal of Experimental Botany 52: 1857-1864

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