Dr Tariq Chattha

Research Scientist
Dept of Plant and Food Sciences

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

Telephone +61 2 9351 8825
Fax +61 2 9351 8875

Biographical details

Dr Chattha was a research officer for the Soil Salinity Research Institute in Pakistan from 1988 to 2000. He came to the University of Sydney that same year as a research fellow working on determination of starch quality, and development of new wheat germplasm. In 2003 he was appointed as an associate professor in Pakistan, and in 2004 he returned to the University of Sydney as a visiting scientist. In January of 2009 he became a research scientist for the Faculty.

Research interests

Dr Chattha is interested in the utilization of genetic resources for the changing global climate and the shifting consumer demands. The issues immediately emerging out of recent changes in environment have favoured the adoption of resource conservation farming. There is a need to promote knowledge about the available options, and to create novel genetic variability befitting the transforming environments. He is conducting experiments to test the existing genetic variability and improve winter cereals’ adaptation to conservation agriculture. To improve selection, he is developing a breeding program gene pool, identifying suitable land races, and exploring new synthetic wheat diversity.

His current national and international projects include: 1. Development of new wheat germplasm with enhanced water use efficiency using AB genome genetic diversity. 2. Heat stress alleviation in summer vegetables using diverse genetic resources. 3. Studies on genotype x tillage interactions in broad acre crops and their implications for cultivar improvement. 4. Harnessing of Indian mustard’s potential for biodiesel production in north-western NSW.

Themes

Plant and crop physiology; Agronomy, horticulture and precision agriculture; Food Production, Quality and Safety

Selected grants

2013

  • Heat stress alleviation in summer vegetables - enhancing the use of genetic diversity in central Punjab, Pakistan; Chattha T; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)/Research and Development Programs.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Trethowan, R., Turner, M., Chattha, T. (2010). Breeding Strategies to Adapt Crops to a Changing Climate. In David Lobell, Marshall Burke (Eds.), Climate Change and Food Security: Adapting Agriculture to a Warmer World, (pp. 155-174). USA: Springer.

Journals

  • Javed, M., Huyop, F., Ishii, T., Samad, A., Chattha, T., Haider, M., Saleem, M. (2013). Construction of microsatellite linkage map and detection of segregation distortion in indica rice (Oryza sativa L.). Pakistan Journal of Botany, 45(6), 2085-2092.
  • Trethowan, R., Chattha, T., Ali, Z., Oldach, K., Garcia, A. (2012). Breeding wheat cultivars better adapted to conservation agriculture. Field Crops Research, 132, 76-83. [More Information]
  • Ali, Z., Salam, A., Azhar, F., Khan, I., Khan, A., Bahadur, S., Chattha, T., Ahmad, D., Trethowan, R. (2012). The response of genetically distinct bread wheat genotypes to salinity stress. Plant Breeding (Online), 131(6), 707-715. [More Information]
  • Usman, M., Ahmad, D., Ahmad, S., Arshad, M., Khaliq, T., Wajid, A., Hussain, K., Nasim, W., Chattha, T., Trethowan, R., et al (2009). Development and application of crop water stress index for scheduling irrigation in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) under semiarid environment. Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment, 7(3-4), 386-391.
  • Chattha, T., Turner, M., Stoddard, F. (2007). Comparison of Methods for Colorimetric Amylose Determination in Cereal Grains. Starch-Starke, 59(8), 357-365. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Chattha, T., Ahmed, A., Ali, Z., Trethowan, R. (2009). Genotype X Tillage Interactions in Broad Acre Crops and their Implications for Cultivar Improvement. The 14th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference (APBC) & 11th Congress of the Society for the Advancement of Breeding Research in Asia & Oceania (SABRAO) 2009, Australia: SABRAO.
  • Trethowan, R., Chattha, T., Rapp, G., Turner, M., Zhao, X., Lancaster, J. (2009). The Potential of Indian Mustard for Biodiesel Production in North-Western NSW. The 14th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference (APBC) & 11th Congress of the Society for the Advancement of Breeding Research in Asia & Oceania (SABRAO) 2009, Australia: SABRAO.

2013

  • Javed, M., Huyop, F., Ishii, T., Samad, A., Chattha, T., Haider, M., Saleem, M. (2013). Construction of microsatellite linkage map and detection of segregation distortion in indica rice (Oryza sativa L.). Pakistan Journal of Botany, 45(6), 2085-2092.

2012

  • Trethowan, R., Chattha, T., Ali, Z., Oldach, K., Garcia, A. (2012). Breeding wheat cultivars better adapted to conservation agriculture. Field Crops Research, 132, 76-83. [More Information]
  • Ali, Z., Salam, A., Azhar, F., Khan, I., Khan, A., Bahadur, S., Chattha, T., Ahmad, D., Trethowan, R. (2012). The response of genetically distinct bread wheat genotypes to salinity stress. Plant Breeding (Online), 131(6), 707-715. [More Information]

2010

  • Trethowan, R., Turner, M., Chattha, T. (2010). Breeding Strategies to Adapt Crops to a Changing Climate. In David Lobell, Marshall Burke (Eds.), Climate Change and Food Security: Adapting Agriculture to a Warmer World, (pp. 155-174). USA: Springer.

2009

  • Usman, M., Ahmad, D., Ahmad, S., Arshad, M., Khaliq, T., Wajid, A., Hussain, K., Nasim, W., Chattha, T., Trethowan, R., et al (2009). Development and application of crop water stress index for scheduling irrigation in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) under semiarid environment. Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment, 7(3-4), 386-391.
  • Chattha, T., Ahmed, A., Ali, Z., Trethowan, R. (2009). Genotype X Tillage Interactions in Broad Acre Crops and their Implications for Cultivar Improvement. The 14th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference (APBC) & 11th Congress of the Society for the Advancement of Breeding Research in Asia & Oceania (SABRAO) 2009, Australia: SABRAO.
  • Trethowan, R., Chattha, T., Rapp, G., Turner, M., Zhao, X., Lancaster, J. (2009). The Potential of Indian Mustard for Biodiesel Production in North-Western NSW. The 14th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference (APBC) & 11th Congress of the Society for the Advancement of Breeding Research in Asia & Oceania (SABRAO) 2009, Australia: SABRAO.

2007

  • Chattha, T., Turner, M., Stoddard, F. (2007). Comparison of Methods for Colorimetric Amylose Determination in Cereal Grains. Starch-Starke, 59(8), 357-365. [More Information]

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