Dr Rebecca Thistlethwaite

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Wheat Heat Research)
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

E12 - Plant Breeding Institute Narrabri
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Dr Rebecca Thistlethwaite graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Hons) in 2012 and a PhD in 2017. Rebecca was the recipient of a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Post-graduate Scholarship to complete her thesis entitled “Identification of genetic variation in heat stress and mechanisms of tolerance in wheat”. Rebecca’s thesis aimed to identify genetic diversity for high temperature tolerance in bread wheat by evaluating a large number of genotypes across years and sowing dates, evaluate a subset of germplasm using different screening methods for heat tolerance (in‐field controlled environment chambers and glasshouses) and compare different screening methods and propose a screening methodology for evaluating large numbers of genotypes. Rebecca’s supervisors were Professor. Richard Trethowan (Primary), Dr. Daniel Tan (Auxiliary). Since graduating from her PhD, Rebecca has taken on a post-doctoral role to continue her work on breeding heat tolerant wheat and is located at the University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute Narrabri.

Before undertaking her PhD studies, Rebecca worked as a Research Agronomist (Northern NSW) for PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia and whilst completing her PhD, she worked part-time as a Research Assistant for Pork CRC Feed Grains project. Rebecca has presented research posters at the Agriculture and Climate Change conference in Amsterdam (2014) and Spain (2017) and the International Wheat Symposium 2015 in Sydney (2015) and has presented her research orally at GRDC Research Updates, University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute Narrabri Annual Breeders Walk and Field Days.

Research interests

Rebecca is an advocate for positive images of Agriculture and has been an Art 4 Agriculture Young Farming Champion since 2013 representing the Grains industry and sponsored by the GRDC. From 2011 to 2014, Rebecca was an Executive Committee Member for the Agricultural Institute of Australia NSW Division and in 2012 was a Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Scholar. Rebecca has a keen interest in development agriculture and was lucky enough to be selected as a team member for a Rotary International Group Study Exchange to Uganda in early 2018.

Since moving to Narrabri to complete her PhD, Rebecca has been heavily involved in her local community. She has been the on the Country Education Foundation of the Namoi’s committee in various roles since 2014 and is currently Vice-Chair. Rebecca’s other volunteer community involvement includes the Narrabri Youth Shack, School science days at rural and urban primary schools, Science and Engineering Investigation Awards, Narrabri Meals on Wheels and Narrabri Riding for the Disabled.

Selected grants

2016

  • 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/Research Grants.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Ullah, S., Bramley, H., Daetwyler, H., He, S., Mahmood, T., Thistlethwaite, R., Trethowan, R. (2018). Genetic Contribution of Emmer Wheat (Triticum dicoccon Schrank) to Heat Tolerance of Bread Wheat. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9, 1-11. [More Information]

2018

  • Ullah, S., Bramley, H., Daetwyler, H., He, S., Mahmood, T., Thistlethwaite, R., Trethowan, R. (2018). Genetic Contribution of Emmer Wheat (Triticum dicoccon Schrank) to Heat Tolerance of Bread Wheat. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9, 1-11. [More Information]

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