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Craig Atkins

E/Prof Craig Atkins

Senior Honorary Research Fellow
Biological Sciences, School of

Contact details
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M084)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2262
Room 2.21, Botany and Biology Building, Crawley campus
MSc(Agric) Syd., PhD Qu., DSc W.Aust., FAIBiol
Key research
Nitrogen metabolism, nitrogen fixation, translocation of solutes, seed development and regulation of gene expression in plants
180 in International Journals
Total Publications- 178
Refereed papers- 128
Book chapters, books, refereed conference proceedings etc- 50.
Publication list (past 5 years only)
Atkins, C. A. and Smith, P.M.C. (1997) Genetic transformation and regeneration of legumes. Proceedings of the 2nd European Congress on Nitrogen Fixation- NATO ASI-series, A Legocki, H Bothe and A Puhler (eds.) Poznan , Poland, 1996. Springer, Berlin. pp.283-304.
Atkins, C. A. and Smith, P. M. C. (1998) Regulation of nitrogen assimilation in legume nodules. In: Proceedings 11th International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation, Paris, 1997. C Elmerich, A Kondorosi and WE Newton (eds).Kluwer, Dordrecht. pp.453-456.
Pigeaire, A., Abernethy, D., Smith, P. M. C., Simpson, K., Fletcher, N., Lu, C-Y., Atkins, C. A. and Cornish, E. (1997) Routine Transformation of a Grain Legume Crop (Lupinus angustifolius L.) via Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated gene transfer to shoot apices. Plant Molecular Breeding 3: 341-349.
Reader, M. A., Dracup, M. and Atkins, C. A. (1997) Transient high temperatures and seed filling in narrow-leafed lupins (Lupinus angustifolius L.). I. High temperatures reduce seed weight. Aust J Agric Res. 48: 1169-1178.
Reader, M. A., Dracup, M. and Atkins, C. A. (1997) Transient high temperatures and seed filling in narrow-leafed lupins (Lupinus angustifolius L.). II. Injuriously high temperatures are likely in Western Australia. Aust J Agric Res. 48:1179-1186.
Smith, P. M. C., Mann, A. J., Goggin, D. E. and Atkins, C. A. (1998) AIR synthetase in Cowpea Nodules: A single gene product targeted to two organelles? Plant Molecular Biology 36: 811-820.
Miguel, L. C., Longnecker, N. E., Quifu Ma, Osborne, L. and Atkins C. A. (1998) Branch development in Lupinus angustifolius L. I Not all branches have the same potential growth rate. J. Exp Bot 49: 547-553.
Emery R. J. N., Longnecker, N. E. and Atkins C. A. (1998) Branch development in Lupinus angustifolius L. II Correlation with endogenous ABA, IAA and cytokinin in axillary and main stem buds. J. Exp Bot 49: 555-562.
Ma Q., Longnecker N. and Atkins C.A. (1998) Exogenous Cytokinin and nitrogen do not increase grain yield in narrow-leafed lupin. Crop Science 38: 717-721.
Ma Q, Longnecker N, Emery RJN and Atkins CA (1998) Growth and yield of Lupinus angustifolius are depressed by early transient nitrogen deficiency. Aust J Agric Res 49: 811-819.
Layzell DB and Atkins CA (1997). The Physiology and Biochemistry of Legume N2 Fixation. In: Plant Metabolism. DT Dennis, DH Turpin, DD Lefebvre and DB Layzell (eds). Longman, Singapore. pp. 495-505.
Gladstones JS, Atkins CA and Hamblin J (eds.) (1998) Lupins As Crop Plants: Biology, Production and Utilization. CAB International Wallingford, UK. 465p.
Atkins CA, Smith PMC, Gupta S, Jones MGK and Caligari PDS. (1998). Genetics, Cytology and Biotechnology. In: Lupins As Crop Plants: Biology, Production and Utilization. JS Gladstones, CA Atkins and J Hamblin (eds.) CAB International Wallingford, UK. pp. 67-92.
Pate JS, Emery RJN and Atkins CA. (1998). Transport Physiology and Partitioning. In: Lupins As Crop Plants: Biology, Production and Utilization. JS Gladstones, CA Atkins and J Hamblin (eds.) CAB International Wallingford, UK. pp. 181-226.
Emery, R.J.N., Leport,L., Barton,J.E., Turner, N.C. and Atkins C.A. (1998) cis-isomers of cytokinins predominate in chickpea seeds throughout their development. Plant Physiology 117: 1515-1524.
Hamblin J, Barton J, Atkins C, Jones MGK, Smith PMC, Wylie, S, Schroeder H, Molvig L, Tabe L and Higgins TJ. (1998). The development and status of transgenic pulses in Australia. 3rd European Conference on Grain Legumes- Valladolid, Spain. pp 70-71.
Kuzma MM, Winter H, Storer PJ, Oresnik I, Atkins CA, and Layzell DB. (1999) The site of O2 limitation in soybean nodules Plant Physiology 119: 399-407.
Atkins CA. (1999). Spontaneous phloem exudation accompanying abscission in Lupinus mutabilis (Sweet). Journal of Experimental Botany 50: 805-812.
Thumfort PP, Layzell DB and Atkins CA (2000) A simplified approach to modelling diffusion into cells. J Theor Biol 204: 47-65.
Thumfort PP, Layzell DB and Atkins CA (1999) Diffusion and Reaction of Oxygen in the Central Tissue of Ureide-Producing Legume Nodules. Plant Cell and Environment 22: 1351-1363.
Clements J and Atkins CA (2001) Characterisation of a non-abscission mutant in Lupinus angustifolius L. I. Genetic, and structural aspects. American Journal of Botany 88: 31-42.
Hardarson G and Atkins CA (2002) Optimizing Biological Nitrogen Fixation by Legumes in Farming Systems. Plant and Soil- Special Volume (in press)
Atkins CA and Smith PMC (2000) Ureide Synthesis in Legume Nodules. In E Triplett (ed) Nitrogen Fixation in Bacteria: Molecular and Cellular Biology. University of Wisconsin p 559-588.
Clements JC and Atkins CA (2001) Characterisation of a non-abscission mutant in Lupinus angustifolius L.: Physiological aspects. Annals of Botany 88: 629-635.
Atkins, C. A. (2000) Biochemical aspects of assimilate exchange along the phloem path: Exchange of N-solutes in lupin. Australian Journal of Plant Physiology 27: 531-537.
Atkins, C.A. and Smith, P.M.C. (2000) Genetic Transformation of Legumes. In: “Nitrogen Fixation: From Molecules to Crop Productivity”. Eds. F O Pedrosa, M Hungria, MG Yates and WE Newton. Kluwer Academic Press, Dordrecht. p. 647-652.
Emery, R.J.N., Ma Qifu and Atkins C.A. (2000) The forms and sources of cytokinins in developing Lupinus seeds and fruits. Plant Physiology 123: 1593-1604.
Atkins C, Smith P, Mann A and Thumfort P (2001) Localization of carbonic anhydrase in legume nodules. Plant Cell and Environment 24: 317-326.
Atkins CA and Smith PMC (2003) Transformation of Lupins. “In, Biotechnology for the Improvement of Legumes”. Eds, P K Jaiwal & R P Singh (in press).
Peltzer SC, Abbott LK and Atkins CA (2002) Effect of low root zone temperature on nodule initiation in narrow-leafed lupin (Lupinus angustifolius L.). Aust J Agric Res 53, 1-11.
Emery RJN and Atkins CA (2002) Chapter 25. Roots and Cytokinins. In, Plant Roots: The Hidden Half, 3rd Edition. Ed, Y Waisel, A Eshel and U Kafkafi. Marcel Decker, New York. pp 417-433.
Smith PMC and Atkins CA (2002) Purine Biosynthesis: Big in cell division- even bigger in nitrogen assimilation. Plant Physiology UPDATE 128: 793-802.
Smith P M C, Winter H, Storer P J, Bussell J D, Schuller KA, and. Atkins CA (2002) Effect of short-term N2 deficiency on expression of the ureide pathway in cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L.) root nodules. Plant Physiology 129: 1216-1221.
Atkins CA and Thumfort PP (2002) Assimilation of Fixed-N in a ureide-forming symbiosis. In Nitrogen Fixation: Global Perspectives (eds T Finan, M O'Brian, D Layzell, K Vessey, W Newton) CAB International Wallingford OXON UK. pp 256-257.
Francki MG, Whitaker P, Smith PMC and Atkins CA (2002) Differential expression of a novel gene during triacylglycerol accumulation in lupin species (Lupinus angustifolius L. and L. mutabilis L.). Funct Integr Genomics 2: 292-300.
Goggin DE, Lipscombe R, Fedorova E, Millar SH, Mann A, Atkins CA and Smith PMC (2003) Dual intracellular localization and targeting of aminoimidazole ribonucleotide synthetase in cowpea. Plant Physiology (in press).
Emery RJN and Atkins CA (2003) CK/Seed. Handbook of Seed Science. Ed. A Basra. (in press)
Atkins CA (2003) Nitrogen Metabolism. In Encyclopedia of Grain Science. Eds. C Wrigley, H Corke and C Walker. Elsevier Science, London UK.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Genetic alteration of legume seeds to generate new and novel grains
Future research
Functional genomics and metabolomics of nitrogen metabolism in relation to seed development in pulses
Funding received
Industrial relevance
Aimed at enhancing on farm performance of pulses, especially lupins in the context of WA farming systems. Development of novel lupin genotypes that can be exploited to provide function foods.
English, limited German
Australian Society of Plant Science
American Society of Plant Biology
Honours and awards
Personal Chair Univ WA
Clarke Medal- Royal Society of NSW
Elected Fellow of the the Australian Institute of Biology
Gast Professor Univ of Vienna Austria
Visity Professor Queen;s Univ Kingston Ont Canada
Previous positions
Head, Dept Botany Univ WA
Head, Soils Section FAO/IAEA Joint Division Vienna Austria
Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Current projects
Dual targeting of single gene products to plastids and mitochondria in plants.
Exploiting a GE approach to generate narrow leafed lupins with a high content of oil.
Regulation of gene expression in developing lupin seeds.
Identification of phloem borne 'signals' in lupin that regulate floral transition, cluster root initiation and induction of nodules in response to Bradyrhizobium.
Studies of the Ant/bacterial/extra-floral nectary relationships in cowpea.
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