Dr Helen Bramley

GRDC Lecturer in Agronomy, 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 02 6799 2204

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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
Understanding Phenology and Early Pod Set in Faba Bean (Vicia faba L.) Under High Biomass Conditions Najeeb ALHARBI
Assessment of the biological impact of introducing mustards into a typical crop rotation on the northwestern plains of NSW. Ashrafi ASHRAFI
Characterising canopy energy balance 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”

OTHER

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

  • 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.
  • A national approach to improving heat tolerance in wheat through more efficient carbon allocation; Bramley H, Trethowan R; Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)/Research Support.
  • 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; Buckley T, Trethowan R, Bramley H, Gilbert M, Merchant A, 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.
  • Siddique, K., Bramley, H. (2014). Water Deficits: Development. In Yeqiao Wang (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Natural Resources: Land, (pp. 522-525). Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Journals

  • 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]
  • 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]

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]
  • 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

  • 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]

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