Dr Helen Bramley

Senior Lecturer, Plant Breeding Institute
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

E12 - Plant Breeding Institute Narrabri
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 6799 2204
Fax +61 2 6799 2239

Curriculum vitae Curriculum vitae

Biographical details

Helen recently joined U Syd as the GRDC Lecturer in Agronomy, based at The Plant Breeding Institute in Narrabri. She holds a BEnvSc (Ecology) and BSc (Hons) from Flinders University, and a PhD in Plant Physiology from The University of Western Australia. Her PhD studied root hydraulic properties and subsequent postdoctoral work at The University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) studied the fundamentals of plant water transport in a variety of different plant species and large celled algae as model plant cells. Returning to Australia, she turned her focus to agricultural crops at UWA Institute of Agriculture and CSIRO Plant Industry. She now works on the physiology and water use of crops in response to the environment and climate change.

Research interests

Helen’s research applies biophysical and ecological principles to understand adaptive responses of crop plants to changes in their environment. Her research explores processes operating at the cellular to whole plant levels, particularly those involved in water transport. A major focus is to identify mechanisms and traits that contribute to differences in yield and help crops adapt to adverse or fluctuating environments (drought, waterlogging, high temperature, elevated CO2 and frost), with the aim of developing crop plants better adapted to their target environments and ready for the future climate. Helen is also developing new methods for phenotyping drought tolerance and to help breeders select drought tolerant germplasm more easily. This includes using new technology that can monitor plant performance non-destructively.

Current research students

Project title Research student
The effect of sowing time on phenology, frost, pod set and biomass partitioning in faba bean (Vicia faba L.) Najeeb ALHARBI
Assessment of the biological impact of introducing mustards into a typical crop rotation on the northwestern plains of NSW. Ashrafi ASHRAFI
Understanding the mechanism underlying drought tolerance in faba bean (Vicia faba L.) Terkula MAGA
Characterising the Albedo as a Canopy Energy Balance Trait for Heat Tolerance in Wheat Maria Francisca RUZ RUIZ

Current projects

GRDC Innovation Investment “Screening for drought tolerance under well-watered conditions: a rapid method to predict wilting point of grain crops”

PUBLICATIONS

For full list of Publications, please refer to attached CV shown at the top of the page.

Themes

Agronomy, horticulture and precision agriculture; Environment; Plant biology and production

Selected grants

2016

  • A national approach to improving heat tolerance in wheat through more efficient carbon allocation; Bramley H, Tan D, Trethowan R, Merchant A; Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)/Research Support.
  • Industrial Transformation Research Program - Legumes for Sustainable Agriculture; Kaiser B, Trethowan R, Barbour M, Smith P, Merchant A, Bramley H, Deaker R; NSW Department of Industry/Research Attraction and Acceleration Program.
  • Legumes for sustainable agriculture; Kaiser B, Trethowan R, Mathesius U, Colmer T, Day D, Denton M, Adams M, Barbour M, Smith P, Merchant A, Bramley H, Deaker R, Sutton T, Bird D, Ogbonnaya F; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (ITRH).
  • Introgression of heat-tolerant genes to broaden genetic variation in current wheat breeding populations - 2016.02.01C; Trethowan R, Daetwyler H, Thistlethwaite R, Bramley H, Buckley T, Tan D; Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)/Research Grants.
  • Screening techniques for tolerance to heat in wheat: review and recommendations; Bramley H, Trethowan R, Tan D; Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)/Research and Development: Wheat and Barley Breeding.
  • Increasing carbon capture by optimising canopy resource distribution; Merchant A, Buckley T, Trethowan R, Bramley H, Gilbert M, Fuentes H, Sharp P, Misra S; Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)/Research and Development: Germplasm Enhancement.

2013

  • Screening for Drought Tolerance Under Well Watered Conditions; Bramley H, Veneklaas E, Sack L, Turner N; Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)/Research and Development: Gene Discovery.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Brodribb, T., Holloway-Phillips, M., Bramley, H. (2015). Improving water transport for carbon gain in crops. In Victor O. Sadras, Daniel F. Calderini (Eds.), Crop Physiology Applications for Genetic Improvement and Agronomy, (pp. 251-281). London: Elsevier. [More Information]
  • Choat, B., Munns, R., McCully, M., Passioura, J., Tyerman, S., Bramley, H., Canny, M. (2015). Water movement in plants. In R. Munns, S. Schmidt, & C. Beveridge (Eds.), Plants in Action (Second Edition). Australia and New Zealand: Australian Society of Plant Scientists and New Zealand Society of Plant Biologists.
  • Berry, P., Ramirez-Villegas, J., Bramley, H., Mgonja, M., Mohanty, S. (2014). Regional Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture and the Role of Adaptation. In M. Jackson, B. Ford-Lloyd, M. Parry (Eds.), Plant Genetic Resources and Climate Change, (pp. 78-97). Oxfordshire: CABI.
  • Siddique, K., Bramley, H. (2014). Water Deficits: Development. In Yeqiao Wang (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Natural Resources: Land, (pp. 522-525). Boca Raton: CRC Press.
  • Bramley, H., Turner, N., Siddique, K. (2013). Water Use Efficiency. In C. Kole (Eds.), Genomics and Breeding for Climate-Resilient Crops Vol. 2 Target Traits, (pp. 225-268). Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag. [More Information]
  • Palta, J., Berger, J., Bramley, H. (2012). Physiology of the Yield Under Drought: Lessons from Studies with Lupin. In R. Aroca (Eds.), Plant Responses to Drought Stress: From Morphological to Molecular Features, (pp. 417-440). Berlin: Springer Verlag. [More Information]
  • Bramley, H., Tyerman, S. (2010). Root Water Transport Under Waterlogged Conditions and the Roles of Aquaporins. In S. Mancuso, S. Shabala (Eds.), Waterlogging Signalling and Tolerance in Plants, (pp. 151-180). Berlin: Springer Verlag. [More Information]

Journals

  • Blessing, C., Mariette, A., Kaloki, P., Bramley, H. (2018). Profligate and conservative: water use strategies in grain legumes. Journal of Experimental Botany, 69(3), 349-369. [More Information]
  • Huang, J., Ramamoorthy, P., McBratney, A., Bramley, H. (2018). Soil Water Extraction Monitored Per Plot Across a Field Experiment Using Repeated Electromagnetic Induction Surveys. Soil Systems, 2(1), 1-17. [More Information]
  • Saradadevi, R., Bramley, H., Palta, J., Siddique, K. (2017). Stomatal behaviour under terminal drought affects post-anthesis water use in wheat. Functional Plant Biology, 44(3), 279-289. [More Information]
  • Foyer, C., Lam, H., Nguyen, H., Siddique, K., Varshney, R., Colmer, T., Cowling, W., Bramley, H., Mori, T., Hodgson, J., Kaiser, B., et al (2016). Neglecting legumes has compromised human health and sustainable food production. Nature Plants, 2(8), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Mart, K., Veneklaas, E., Bramley, H. (2016). Osmotic potential at full turgor: An easily measurable trait to help breeders select for drought tolerance in wheat. Plant Breeding, 135(3), 279-285. [More Information]
  • Saradadevi, R., Bramley, H., Palta, J., Edwards, E., Siddique, K. (2016). Root biomass in the upper layer of the soil profile is related to the stomatal response of wheat as the soil dries. Functional Plant Biology, 43(1), 62-74. [More Information]
  • Dias De Oliveira, E., Palta, J., Bramley, H., Stefanova, K., Siddique, K. (2015). Elevated CO2 reduced floret death in wheat under warmer average temperatures and terminal drought. Frontiers in Plant Science, 6, 1-12. [More Information]
  • Dias De Oliveira, E., Siddique, K., Bramley, H., Stefanova, K., Palta, J. (2015). Response of wheat restricted-tillering and vigorous growth traits to variables of climate change. Global Change Biology, 21(2), 857-873. [More Information]
  • Bramley, H., Bitter, R., Zimmermann, G., Zimmermann, U. (2015). Simultaneous recording of diurnal changes in leaf turgor pressure and stem water status of bread wheat reveal variation in hydraulic mechanisms in response to drought. Functional Plant Biology, 42(10), 1001-1009. [More Information]
  • Saradadevi, R., Bramley, H., Siddique, K., Edwards, E., Palta, J. (2014). Contrasting stomatal regulation and leaf ABA concentrations in wheat genotypes when split root systems were exposed to terminal drought. Field Crops Research, 162, 77-86. [More Information]
  • Benlloch-Gonzalez, M., Bochicchio, R., Berger, J., Bramley, H., Palta, J. (2014). High temperature reduces the positive effect of elevated CO2 on wheat root system growth. Field Crops Research, 165, 71-79. [More Information]
  • Benlloch-Gonzalez, M., Berger, J., Bramley, H., Rebetzke, G., Palta, J. (2014). The plasticity of the growth and proliferation of wheat root system under elevated CO2. Plant and Soil, 374(1-2), 963-976. [More Information]
  • Zimmermann, U., Bitter, R., Schuttler, A., Ehrenberger, W., Ruger, S., Bramley, H., Siddique, K., Arend, M., Bader, M. (2013). Advanced Plant-Based, Internet-Sensor Technology Gives New Insights into Hydraulic Plant Functioning. Acta Horticulturae, 991, 313-320. [More Information]
  • Dias De Oliveira, E., Bramley, H., Siddique, K., Henty, S., Berger, J., Palta, J. (2013). Can elevated CO2 combined with high temperature ameliorate the effect of terminal drought in wheat? Functional Plant Biology, 40(2), 160-171. [More Information]
  • Bramley, H., Ehrenberger, W., Zimmermann, U., Palta, J., Ruger, S., Siddique, K. (2013). Non-invasive pressure probes magnetically clamped to leaves to monitor the water status of wheat. Plant and Soil, 369(42767), 257-268. [More Information]
  • Farooq, M., Bramley, H., Palta, J., Siddique, K. (2011). Heat Stress in Wheat during Reproductive and Grain-Filling Phases. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, 30(6), 491-507. [More Information]
  • Bramley, H., Tyerman, S., Turner, D., Turner, N. (2011). Root growth of lupins is more sensitive to waterlogging than wheat. Functional Plant Biology, 38(11), 910-918. [More Information]
  • Bramley, H., Turner, N., Turner, D., Tyerman, S. (2010). The contrasting influence of short-term hypoxia on the hydraulic properties of cells and roots of wheat and lupin. Functional Plant Biology, 37(3), 183-193. [More Information]
  • Bramley, H., Turner, N., Turner, D., Tyerman, S. (2009). Roles of morphology, anatomy, and aquaporins in determining contrasting hydraulic behavior of roots. Plant Physiology, 150, 348-364. [More Information]
  • Bramley, H., Turner, N., Turner, D., Tyerman, S. (2007). Comparison between gradient-dependent hydraulic conductivities of roots using the root pressure probe: the role of pressure propagations and implications for the relative roles of parallel radial pathways. Plant, Cell and Environment, 30(7), 861-874. [More Information]
  • Bramley, H., Turner, D., Tyerman, S., Turner, N. (2007). Water flow in the roots of crop species: The influence of root structure, aquaporin activity, and waterlogging. Advances in Agronomy, 96, 133-196. [More Information]
  • Bramley, H., Hutson, J., Tyerman, S. (2003). Floodwater infiltration through root channels on a sodic clay floodplain and the influence on a local tree species Eucalyptus largiflorens. Plant and Soil, 253(1), 275-286. [More Information]
  • Tyerman, S., Niemietz, C., Bramley, H. (2002). Plant aquaporins: multifunctional water and solute channels with expanding roles. Plant, Cell and Environment, 25, 173-194. [More Information]

2018

  • Blessing, C., Mariette, A., Kaloki, P., Bramley, H. (2018). Profligate and conservative: water use strategies in grain legumes. Journal of Experimental Botany, 69(3), 349-369. [More Information]
  • Huang, J., Ramamoorthy, P., McBratney, A., Bramley, H. (2018). Soil Water Extraction Monitored Per Plot Across a Field Experiment Using Repeated Electromagnetic Induction Surveys. Soil Systems, 2(1), 1-17. [More Information]

2017

  • Saradadevi, R., Bramley, H., Palta, J., Siddique, K. (2017). Stomatal behaviour under terminal drought affects post-anthesis water use in wheat. Functional Plant Biology, 44(3), 279-289. [More Information]

2016

  • Foyer, C., Lam, H., Nguyen, H., Siddique, K., Varshney, R., Colmer, T., Cowling, W., Bramley, H., Mori, T., Hodgson, J., Kaiser, B., et al (2016). Neglecting legumes has compromised human health and sustainable food production. Nature Plants, 2(8), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Mart, K., Veneklaas, E., Bramley, H. (2016). Osmotic potential at full turgor: An easily measurable trait to help breeders select for drought tolerance in wheat. Plant Breeding, 135(3), 279-285. [More Information]
  • Saradadevi, R., Bramley, H., Palta, J., Edwards, E., Siddique, K. (2016). Root biomass in the upper layer of the soil profile is related to the stomatal response of wheat as the soil dries. Functional Plant Biology, 43(1), 62-74. [More Information]

2015

  • Dias De Oliveira, E., Palta, J., Bramley, H., Stefanova, K., Siddique, K. (2015). Elevated CO2 reduced floret death in wheat under warmer average temperatures and terminal drought. Frontiers in Plant Science, 6, 1-12. [More Information]
  • Brodribb, T., Holloway-Phillips, M., Bramley, H. (2015). Improving water transport for carbon gain in crops. In Victor O. Sadras, Daniel F. Calderini (Eds.), Crop Physiology Applications for Genetic Improvement and Agronomy, (pp. 251-281). London: Elsevier. [More Information]
  • Dias De Oliveira, E., Siddique, K., Bramley, H., Stefanova, K., Palta, J. (2015). Response of wheat restricted-tillering and vigorous growth traits to variables of climate change. Global Change Biology, 21(2), 857-873. [More Information]
  • Bramley, H., Bitter, R., Zimmermann, G., Zimmermann, U. (2015). Simultaneous recording of diurnal changes in leaf turgor pressure and stem water status of bread wheat reveal variation in hydraulic mechanisms in response to drought. Functional Plant Biology, 42(10), 1001-1009. [More Information]
  • Choat, B., Munns, R., McCully, M., Passioura, J., Tyerman, S., Bramley, H., Canny, M. (2015). Water movement in plants. In R. Munns, S. Schmidt, & C. Beveridge (Eds.), Plants in Action (Second Edition). Australia and New Zealand: Australian Society of Plant Scientists and New Zealand Society of Plant Biologists.

2014

  • Saradadevi, R., Bramley, H., Siddique, K., Edwards, E., Palta, J. (2014). Contrasting stomatal regulation and leaf ABA concentrations in wheat genotypes when split root systems were exposed to terminal drought. Field Crops Research, 162, 77-86. [More Information]
  • Benlloch-Gonzalez, M., Bochicchio, R., Berger, J., Bramley, H., Palta, J. (2014). High temperature reduces the positive effect of elevated CO2 on wheat root system growth. Field Crops Research, 165, 71-79. [More Information]
  • Berry, P., Ramirez-Villegas, J., Bramley, H., Mgonja, M., Mohanty, S. (2014). Regional Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture and the Role of Adaptation. In M. Jackson, B. Ford-Lloyd, M. Parry (Eds.), Plant Genetic Resources and Climate Change, (pp. 78-97). Oxfordshire: CABI.
  • Benlloch-Gonzalez, M., Berger, J., Bramley, H., Rebetzke, G., Palta, J. (2014). The plasticity of the growth and proliferation of wheat root system under elevated CO2. Plant and Soil, 374(1-2), 963-976. [More Information]
  • Siddique, K., Bramley, H. (2014). Water Deficits: Development. In Yeqiao Wang (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Natural Resources: Land, (pp. 522-525). Boca Raton: CRC Press.

2013

  • Zimmermann, U., Bitter, R., Schuttler, A., Ehrenberger, W., Ruger, S., Bramley, H., Siddique, K., Arend, M., Bader, M. (2013). Advanced Plant-Based, Internet-Sensor Technology Gives New Insights into Hydraulic Plant Functioning. Acta Horticulturae, 991, 313-320. [More Information]
  • Dias De Oliveira, E., Bramley, H., Siddique, K., Henty, S., Berger, J., Palta, J. (2013). Can elevated CO2 combined with high temperature ameliorate the effect of terminal drought in wheat? Functional Plant Biology, 40(2), 160-171. [More Information]
  • Bramley, H., Ehrenberger, W., Zimmermann, U., Palta, J., Ruger, S., Siddique, K. (2013). Non-invasive pressure probes magnetically clamped to leaves to monitor the water status of wheat. Plant and Soil, 369(42767), 257-268. [More Information]
  • Bramley, H., Turner, N., Siddique, K. (2013). Water Use Efficiency. In C. Kole (Eds.), Genomics and Breeding for Climate-Resilient Crops Vol. 2 Target Traits, (pp. 225-268). Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag. [More Information]

2012

  • Palta, J., Berger, J., Bramley, H. (2012). Physiology of the Yield Under Drought: Lessons from Studies with Lupin. In R. Aroca (Eds.), Plant Responses to Drought Stress: From Morphological to Molecular Features, (pp. 417-440). Berlin: Springer Verlag. [More Information]

2011

  • Farooq, M., Bramley, H., Palta, J., Siddique, K. (2011). Heat Stress in Wheat during Reproductive and Grain-Filling Phases. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, 30(6), 491-507. [More Information]
  • Bramley, H., Tyerman, S., Turner, D., Turner, N. (2011). Root growth of lupins is more sensitive to waterlogging than wheat. Functional Plant Biology, 38(11), 910-918. [More Information]

2010

  • Bramley, H., Tyerman, S. (2010). Root Water Transport Under Waterlogged Conditions and the Roles of Aquaporins. In S. Mancuso, S. Shabala (Eds.), Waterlogging Signalling and Tolerance in Plants, (pp. 151-180). Berlin: Springer Verlag. [More Information]
  • Bramley, H., Turner, N., Turner, D., Tyerman, S. (2010). The contrasting influence of short-term hypoxia on the hydraulic properties of cells and roots of wheat and lupin. Functional Plant Biology, 37(3), 183-193. [More Information]

2009

  • Bramley, H., Turner, N., Turner, D., Tyerman, S. (2009). Roles of morphology, anatomy, and aquaporins in determining contrasting hydraulic behavior of roots. Plant Physiology, 150, 348-364. [More Information]

2007

  • Bramley, H., Turner, N., Turner, D., Tyerman, S. (2007). Comparison between gradient-dependent hydraulic conductivities of roots using the root pressure probe: the role of pressure propagations and implications for the relative roles of parallel radial pathways. Plant, Cell and Environment, 30(7), 861-874. [More Information]
  • Bramley, H., Turner, D., Tyerman, S., Turner, N. (2007). Water flow in the roots of crop species: The influence of root structure, aquaporin activity, and waterlogging. Advances in Agronomy, 96, 133-196. [More Information]

2003

  • Bramley, H., Hutson, J., Tyerman, S. (2003). Floodwater infiltration through root channels on a sodic clay floodplain and the influence on a local tree species Eucalyptus largiflorens. Plant and Soil, 253(1), 275-286. [More Information]

2002

  • Tyerman, S., Niemietz, C., Bramley, H. (2002). Plant aquaporins: multifunctional water and solute channels with expanding roles. Plant, Cell and Environment, 25, 173-194. [More Information]

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