Dr Tariq Chattha
I have a passion to develop high performance plant based technologies suited to heat prone water deficit environments, and promote knowledge and introduce innovations to improve energy harvest from plant based renewable energy resources.
I am interested in the utilization of genetic resources for the changing global climate. The issues immediately emerging out of recent changes in environment have favored 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.
Conservation agriculture has improved sustainability of cropping systems and reduced the costs of production. The development of better adapted crop cultivars to conservation agriculture, to a large degree, is dependent on the existence of genotype x tillage interaction among the parental material. We are conducting experiments to test the existing genetic variability and improve winter cereal’s adaptation to conservation agriculture.
To improve selection, we are focusing on defining the ‘target population of environments’ (TPE) and progressing towards the development of breeding program gene pool, identification of suitable land races, and development of synthetic hexaploid wheat.
Our current national and international projects include:
- Development of new wheat germplasm with enhanced water use efficiency using AB genome genetic diversity.
- Studies on genotype x tillage interactions in broad acre crops and their implications for cultivar improvement.
- The potential of Indian mustard for biodiesel production in north-western NSW.
- Development of UG-99 resistant wheat germplasm.
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.
- R.M. Trethowan and T. Mahmood 2011 Genetics Options for Improving the Productivity of Wheat in Water-Limited and Temperature-Stressed Environments. In: Shyam S. Yadav, Bob Redden, Jerry S. Hatfield, Hermann Lotze-Campen, Anthony Hall (eds.); Crop Adaptation to Climate Change, Chap. 7; pp: 218-237. Publisher, Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
- R. Trethowan, M. Turner, T. Mahmood 2010 Breeding strategies to adapt crops to a changing climate. In: D. Lobell & M. Burke (eds.); Climate change and food security: Breeding strategies to adapt crops to a changing climate, Chapter 9, pp 155-174; Advances in Global Change Research 37, DOI 10.1007/978-90-481-2953-9_9. Publisher, Springer Science + Business Media, B.V. 2010.
- Richard Trethowan, R Chatrath, N Bains, VS Sohu, U Bansal, MS Saharan, R Tiwari, P Chhuneja, T Chattha, NK Singh, TR Sharma, K Pal, M Singh, G McLaren, HS Bariana, SS Singh 2010 Integrating molecular technology in key Indian wheat breeding programs to improve yield and disease resistance. 8th International Wheat Conference, 1-4 June 2010, St. Petersburg, Russia.
- R. Trethowan, T. Mahmood, G. Rapp, J. Lancaster 2009 Improving Indian mustard for biodiesel production in northwestern NSW. Bioenergy Austalia 2009 Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland, 9-10 December, 2009
- R. Trethowan, Y. Manes, T. Chattha 2009 Breeding for improved adaptation to conservation agriculture improves crop yields. In: Lead Papers, 4th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture, 4-7 February 2009, New Delhi, India. pp: 207-211.
- T. Mahmood, A. Ahmad, Z. Ali, R. Trethowan 2009 Genotype x tillage interactions in broad acre crops and their implications for cultivar improvement. Paper presented at 14th Australasian Plant Breeding & 11th SABRAO Conference 10 - 14 August 2009 Cairns, Australia.
- R. Trethowan, T. Mahmood, G. Rapp, M. Turner, Z. Xiaochun, J. Lancaster 2009 The potential of Indian mustard for biodiesel production in northwestern NSW. Paper presented at 14th Australasian Plant Breeding & 11th SABRAO Conference 10 - 14 August 2009 Cairns, Australia.
- M. Usman, A. Ahmad, S. Ahmad, M. Arshad, T. Khaliq, A. Wajid, K. Hussain, W. Nasim, T.M. Chattha, R. Trethowan, G. Hoogenboom 2009 Development and application of crop water stress index for scheduling irrigation in cotton (G. hirsutum L.) under semiarid environment. Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment, 7: 386-391.