Dr Peng Zhang

BSc MSc PhD (Kansas State)
Research Fellow
Dept of Plant and Food Sciences

C44 - Plant Breeding Inst - Admin. & Labs A1 Camden
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 8815
Fax +61 9351 8875

Biographical details

Peng Zhang received her MSc degree in Biotechnology at Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands. Her MSc research work mainly involved FISH to DNA molecules prepared by molecular combing technique, which is one of the major methods in making DNA fibres. She worked in the same laboratory developing new fiber-FISH techniques and physically mapping yeast artificial chromosome clones to pachytene chromosomes of Arabidopsis before she started her PhD. She received her PhD degree in Genetics at Kansas State University, USA. After completing her degree, she worked as a research associate in the same laboratory for three years. Her work there was focused on the molecular cytogenetics of wheat, its relatives, and other cereals. She joined the University of Sydney in 2005. Since then, she has been working on identifying new resistance sources to rust diseases from wild relatives of wheat, introgress the target resistance genes into wheat, and recombine rust resistance genes to develop durable resistant germplasm.

Research interests

My research interests include molecular cytogenetics of cereal, germplasm and genetic stocks development, and rust and other resistance genes transfer from wild species to cereal. One of my major research interests involves transfers of rust and other resistance genes from wild species to cereal using chromosome engineering and molecular cytogenetic techniques (such as fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH)). I am also interested in the genetic aspects of rust and powdery mildew resistance. In addition, my long time research interests have been in the structure and function of cereal centromere and telomere, the evolution of the Triticeae genome, and the evolutionary relationships in the Triticum and Aegilops complex. Molecular biological and cytogenetic techniques are the main approaches used to study the Triticeae genome and its evolution in our laboratory.

Themes

Food Production, Quality and Safety; Food Security and Supply

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Zhang, P., Friebe, B. (2009). FISH on Plant Chromosomes. In Thomas Liehr (Eds.), Springer Protocols - Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH) Application Guide, (pp. 365-394). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer.

Journals

  • Mago, R., Verlin, D., Zhang, P., Bansal, U., Bariana, H., Jin, Y., Ellis, J., Hoxha, S., Dundas, I. (2013). Development of wheat-Aegilops speltoides recombinants and simple PCR-based markers for Sr32 and a new stem rust resistance gene on the 2S#1 chromosome. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 126(12), 2943-2955. [More Information]
  • Qi, L., Pumphrey, M., Friebe, B., Zhang, P., Qian, C., Bowden, R., Rouse, M., Jin, Y., Gill, B. (2011). A novel Robertsonian translocation event leads to transfer of a stem rust resistance gene (Sr52) effective against race Ug99 from Dasypyrum villosum into bread wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 123(1), 159-167. [More Information]
  • McIntosh, R., Zhang, P., Cowger, C., Parks, R., Lagudah, E., Hoxha, S. (2011). Rye-derived powdery mildew resistance gene Pm8 in wheat is suppressed by the Pm3 locus. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 123(3), 359-367. [More Information]
  • Eberhard, F., Zhang, P., Lehmensiek, A., Hare, R., Simpfendorfer, S., Sutherland, M. (2010). Chromosome composition of an F2 Triticum aestivum x T. turgidum spp. durum cross analysed by DArT markers and MCFISH. Crop and Pasture Science, 61(8), 619-624. [More Information]
  • Qi, L., Zhang, P., Friebe, B., Gill, B. (2009). A Molecular-Cytogenetic Method for Locating Genes to Pericentromeric Regions Facilitates a Genomewide Comparison of Synteny Between the Centromeric Regions of Wheat and Rice. Genetics, 183(3), 1235-1247. [More Information]
  • Mago, R., Zhang, P., Bariana, H., Verlin, D., Bansal, U., Ellis, J., Dundas, I. (2009). Development of wheat lines carrying stem rust resistance gene Sr39 with reduced Aegilops speltoides chromatin and simple PCR markers for marker-assisted selection. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 119(8), 1441-1450. [More Information]
  • Zhang, P., McIntosh, R., Hoxha, S., Dong, C. (2009). Wheat stripe rust resistance genes Yr5 and Yr7 are allelic. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 120(1), 25-29. [More Information]
  • Anugrahwati, D., Shepherd, K., Verlin, D., Zhang, P., Mirzaghaderi, G., Walker, E., Francki, M., Dundas, I. (2008). Isolation of wheat-rye 1RS recombinants that break the linkage between the stem rust resistance gene SrR and secalin. Genome, 51, 341-349.
  • Zhang, P., Li, W., Friebe, B., Gill, B. (2008). The Origin of a "Zebra" Chromosome in Wheat Suggests Nonhomologous Recombination as a Novel Mechanism for New Chromosome Evolution and Step Changes in Chromosome Number. Genetics, 179, 1169-1177.
  • Zhang, P., Friebe, B., Gill, B., Park, R. (2007). Cytogenetics in the age of molecular genetics. Crop and Pasture Science, 58(6), 498-506.
  • Qi, L., Friebe, B., Zhang, P., Gill, B. (2007). Homoeologous recombination, chromosome engineering and crop improvement. Chromosome Research, 15, 3-19. [More Information]
  • Chen, P., Liu, W., Yuan, J., Wang, X., Zhou, B., Wang, S., Zhang, S., Feng, Y., Yang, B., Liu, G., Zhang, P., et al (2005). Development and characterization of wheat-Leymus racemosus translocation lines with resistance to Fusarium Head Blight. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 111(5), 941-948. [More Information]
  • Friebe, B., Zhang, P., Linc, G., Gill, B. (2005). Robertsonian translocations in wheat arise by centric misdivision of univalents at anaphase I and rejoining of broken centromeres during interkinesis of meiosis II. Cytogenetic and Genome Research, 109(1-3), 293-297.
  • Bariana, H., Park, R., Wellings, C., Zhang, P. (2005). Rust: Can we fix it? Yes we can!. Australian grain, 15, 4-6.
  • Zhang, P., Li, W., Fellers, J., Friebe, B., Gill, B. (2004). BAC-FISH in wheat identifies chromosome landmarks consisting of different types of transposable elements. Chromosoma, 112(6), 288-299. [More Information]
  • Li, W., Zhang, P., Fellers, J., Friebe, B., Gill, B. (2004). Sequence composition, organization and evolution of the core Triticeae genome. Plant Journal, 40(4), 500-511.
  • Zhang, P., Li, W., Friebe, B., Gill, B. (2004). Simultaneous painting of three genomes in hexaploid wheat by BAC-FISH. Genome, 47(5), 979-987.
  • Friebe, B., Zhang, P., Nasuda, S., Gill, B. (2003). Characterization of a knock-out mutation at the Gc2 locus in wheat. Chromosoma, 111(8), 509-517.
  • Zhang, P., Friebe, B., Gill, B. (2002). Variation in the distribution of a genome-specific DNA sequence on chromosomes reveals evolutionary relationships in the Triticum and Aegilops complex. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 235(1-4), 169-179.
  • Friebe, B., Kynast, R., Zhang, P., Dhar, M., Qi, L., Gill, B. (2001). Chromosome healing by addition of telomeric repeats in wheat occurs during the first mitotic divisions of the sporophyte and is a gradual process. Chromosome Research, 9(2), 137-146.
  • Jackson, S., Chen, W., Zhang, P., Phillips, R., Friebe, B., Muthukrishnan, S., Gill, B. (2001). High-resolution structural analysis of biolistic transgene integration into the nuclear genome of wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 103(1), 56-62.
  • Wang, X., Chen, P., Liu, D., Zhou, B., Zhang, P., Friebe, B., Gill, B. (2001). Molecular cytogenetic characterization of Roegneria ciliaris chromosome additions in common wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 102(5), 651-657.
  • Zhang, P., Friebe, B., Lukaszewski, A., Gill, B. (2001). The centromere structure in Robertsonian wheat-rye translocation chromosomes indicates that centric breakage-fusion can occur at different positions within the primary constriction. Chromosoma, 110(5), 335-344.

Conferences

  • Dundas, I., Verlin, D., Zhang, P. (2012). Potentially new stem rust and leaf rust resistance genes derived from Aegilops speltoides and Thinopyrum ponticum. Borlaug Global Rust Initiative 2012 Technical Workshop, Beijing: Borlaug Global Rust Initiative.
  • Zhang, P., McIntosh, R., Hoxha, S., Bansal, U. (2012). The relationship of Lr13 and hybrid necrosis gene Ne2m. Borlaug Global Rust Initiative 2012 Technical Workshop, Beijing: Borlaug Global Rust Initiative.
  • Eberhard, F., Zhang, P., Sutherland, M., Hare, R., Simpfendorfer, S. (2008). Chromosome composition in an F2hexaploid x durum cross analyzed by DArT markers and MCFISH. 11th International Wheat Genetics Symposium 2008, Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • McIntosh, R., Zhang, P., Lagudah, E., Brunner, S., Keller, B., Hoxla, S. (2008). The inhibitor of Pm8 in certain 1BL.1RS wheat genotypes. 11th International Wheat Genetics Symposium 2008, Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.

2013

  • Mago, R., Verlin, D., Zhang, P., Bansal, U., Bariana, H., Jin, Y., Ellis, J., Hoxha, S., Dundas, I. (2013). Development of wheat-Aegilops speltoides recombinants and simple PCR-based markers for Sr32 and a new stem rust resistance gene on the 2S#1 chromosome. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 126(12), 2943-2955. [More Information]

2012

  • Dundas, I., Verlin, D., Zhang, P. (2012). Potentially new stem rust and leaf rust resistance genes derived from Aegilops speltoides and Thinopyrum ponticum. Borlaug Global Rust Initiative 2012 Technical Workshop, Beijing: Borlaug Global Rust Initiative.
  • Zhang, P., McIntosh, R., Hoxha, S., Bansal, U. (2012). The relationship of Lr13 and hybrid necrosis gene Ne2m. Borlaug Global Rust Initiative 2012 Technical Workshop, Beijing: Borlaug Global Rust Initiative.

2011

  • Qi, L., Pumphrey, M., Friebe, B., Zhang, P., Qian, C., Bowden, R., Rouse, M., Jin, Y., Gill, B. (2011). A novel Robertsonian translocation event leads to transfer of a stem rust resistance gene (Sr52) effective against race Ug99 from Dasypyrum villosum into bread wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 123(1), 159-167. [More Information]
  • McIntosh, R., Zhang, P., Cowger, C., Parks, R., Lagudah, E., Hoxha, S. (2011). Rye-derived powdery mildew resistance gene Pm8 in wheat is suppressed by the Pm3 locus. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 123(3), 359-367. [More Information]

2010

  • Eberhard, F., Zhang, P., Lehmensiek, A., Hare, R., Simpfendorfer, S., Sutherland, M. (2010). Chromosome composition of an F2 Triticum aestivum x T. turgidum spp. durum cross analysed by DArT markers and MCFISH. Crop and Pasture Science, 61(8), 619-624. [More Information]

2009

  • Qi, L., Zhang, P., Friebe, B., Gill, B. (2009). A Molecular-Cytogenetic Method for Locating Genes to Pericentromeric Regions Facilitates a Genomewide Comparison of Synteny Between the Centromeric Regions of Wheat and Rice. Genetics, 183(3), 1235-1247. [More Information]
  • Mago, R., Zhang, P., Bariana, H., Verlin, D., Bansal, U., Ellis, J., Dundas, I. (2009). Development of wheat lines carrying stem rust resistance gene Sr39 with reduced Aegilops speltoides chromatin and simple PCR markers for marker-assisted selection. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 119(8), 1441-1450. [More Information]
  • Zhang, P., Friebe, B. (2009). FISH on Plant Chromosomes. In Thomas Liehr (Eds.), Springer Protocols - Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH) Application Guide, (pp. 365-394). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Zhang, P., McIntosh, R., Hoxha, S., Dong, C. (2009). Wheat stripe rust resistance genes Yr5 and Yr7 are allelic. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 120(1), 25-29. [More Information]

2008

  • Eberhard, F., Zhang, P., Sutherland, M., Hare, R., Simpfendorfer, S. (2008). Chromosome composition in an F2hexaploid x durum cross analyzed by DArT markers and MCFISH. 11th International Wheat Genetics Symposium 2008, Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Anugrahwati, D., Shepherd, K., Verlin, D., Zhang, P., Mirzaghaderi, G., Walker, E., Francki, M., Dundas, I. (2008). Isolation of wheat-rye 1RS recombinants that break the linkage between the stem rust resistance gene SrR and secalin. Genome, 51, 341-349.
  • McIntosh, R., Zhang, P., Lagudah, E., Brunner, S., Keller, B., Hoxla, S. (2008). The inhibitor of Pm8 in certain 1BL.1RS wheat genotypes. 11th International Wheat Genetics Symposium 2008, Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Zhang, P., Li, W., Friebe, B., Gill, B. (2008). The Origin of a "Zebra" Chromosome in Wheat Suggests Nonhomologous Recombination as a Novel Mechanism for New Chromosome Evolution and Step Changes in Chromosome Number. Genetics, 179, 1169-1177.

2007

  • Zhang, P., Friebe, B., Gill, B., Park, R. (2007). Cytogenetics in the age of molecular genetics. Crop and Pasture Science, 58(6), 498-506.
  • Qi, L., Friebe, B., Zhang, P., Gill, B. (2007). Homoeologous recombination, chromosome engineering and crop improvement. Chromosome Research, 15, 3-19. [More Information]

2005

  • Chen, P., Liu, W., Yuan, J., Wang, X., Zhou, B., Wang, S., Zhang, S., Feng, Y., Yang, B., Liu, G., Zhang, P., et al (2005). Development and characterization of wheat-Leymus racemosus translocation lines with resistance to Fusarium Head Blight. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 111(5), 941-948. [More Information]
  • Friebe, B., Zhang, P., Linc, G., Gill, B. (2005). Robertsonian translocations in wheat arise by centric misdivision of univalents at anaphase I and rejoining of broken centromeres during interkinesis of meiosis II. Cytogenetic and Genome Research, 109(1-3), 293-297.
  • Bariana, H., Park, R., Wellings, C., Zhang, P. (2005). Rust: Can we fix it? Yes we can!. Australian grain, 15, 4-6.

2004

  • Zhang, P., Li, W., Fellers, J., Friebe, B., Gill, B. (2004). BAC-FISH in wheat identifies chromosome landmarks consisting of different types of transposable elements. Chromosoma, 112(6), 288-299. [More Information]
  • Li, W., Zhang, P., Fellers, J., Friebe, B., Gill, B. (2004). Sequence composition, organization and evolution of the core Triticeae genome. Plant Journal, 40(4), 500-511.
  • Zhang, P., Li, W., Friebe, B., Gill, B. (2004). Simultaneous painting of three genomes in hexaploid wheat by BAC-FISH. Genome, 47(5), 979-987.

2003

  • Friebe, B., Zhang, P., Nasuda, S., Gill, B. (2003). Characterization of a knock-out mutation at the Gc2 locus in wheat. Chromosoma, 111(8), 509-517.

2002

  • Zhang, P., Friebe, B., Gill, B. (2002). Variation in the distribution of a genome-specific DNA sequence on chromosomes reveals evolutionary relationships in the Triticum and Aegilops complex. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 235(1-4), 169-179.

2001

  • Friebe, B., Kynast, R., Zhang, P., Dhar, M., Qi, L., Gill, B. (2001). Chromosome healing by addition of telomeric repeats in wheat occurs during the first mitotic divisions of the sporophyte and is a gradual process. Chromosome Research, 9(2), 137-146.
  • Jackson, S., Chen, W., Zhang, P., Phillips, R., Friebe, B., Muthukrishnan, S., Gill, B. (2001). High-resolution structural analysis of biolistic transgene integration into the nuclear genome of wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 103(1), 56-62.
  • Wang, X., Chen, P., Liu, D., Zhou, B., Zhang, P., Friebe, B., Gill, B. (2001). Molecular cytogenetic characterization of Roegneria ciliaris chromosome additions in common wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 102(5), 651-657.
  • Zhang, P., Friebe, B., Lukaszewski, A., Gill, B. (2001). The centromere structure in Robertsonian wheat-rye translocation chromosomes indicates that centric breakage-fusion can occur at different positions within the primary constriction. Chromosoma, 110(5), 335-344.

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