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Kadambot Siddique

Professor Kadambot H.M. Siddique

Hackett Professor of Agriculture Chair and Director/Professor
Agriculture, The UWA Institute of

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The University of Western Australia (M082)
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Professor Kadambot H.M. Siddique AM FTSE, CitWA, FAIA, FNAAS, IPP
Hackett Professor of Agriculture Chair and Director
The UWA Institute of Agriculture
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After completion of his PhD at UWA in 1985 Professor Siddique joined the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) as a cereal crop physiologist and worked his way up to principal scientist and leader of DAFWA’s Pulse Program. He became the Director of Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA) at UWA in 2001 and remained in this position until 2006 when he was appointed to establish and lead The UWA Institute of Agriculture.

Professor Siddique is recognised internationally as a leader in crop science and agriculture.
Combined number of citations: Google Scholar: May 2016:9056, since 2011: 5190
H-index: 55; Papers above 100 citations: 22

Some of Professor Siddique’s most recent publications are:

1. Qiang Chai, Yantai Gan, Cai Zhao, Hui-Lian Xu, Reagan M Waskom, Yining Niu, Kadambot H M Siddique (2015) Regulated deficit irrigation for crop production under drought stress. A review. Agron. Sustain. Dev, DOI 10.1007/s13593-015-0338-6
2. M.Farooq, N Gogoi, S Barthakur, B Bharadwaj, S S Alghamdi and K H M Siddique (2016) Drought Stress in Grain Legumes during Reproduction and Grain Filling.Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science DOI 10.1111/jac.12169
3. Mubshar Hussain, Muhammad Farooq, Ahmad Nawaz, Abdulah M Al-Sadi, Zakaria M Solaiman, Salem S Alghamdi, Ume Ammara, Yong Sik Ok and Kadambot H M Siddique (2016) Biochar for crop production: potential benefits and risks. J Soils Sediments DOI10.1007/s11368-016-1360-2
4. Yong Peng Wag, Xioa Gang Li, Jing Zhu, Cheng Yun Fan, Xue Jing Kong, Neil C Turner, Kadambot H M Siddique, Feng-Min Lin (2016) Multi-site assessment of the effect of plastic film mulch on dryland maize productivity in semiarid areas in China. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology220 (2016) 160-169
5. Xiaoliang Qin, Fan Feng, Yajun Li, Shutu Xu, Kadambot H M Siddique and Yuncheng Lioa (2016) Maize yield improvements in China: past trends and future directions Plant Breeding DOI:10.1111/pbr.12347
6. Andreson Walter, Johansen Chris, Siddique Kadambot. H. M (2016) Addressing the yield gap in rainfed crops: a review. Agron Sustain Dev 36:18
7. Nelson M N, Milley J M, Helliwell C, Taylor C M, Siddique K M H, Chen S, Raman H, Batley J, Cowling W A (2016) Can genomics assist the phenological adaptation of canola to new and changing environments? CSIRO Publishing. Http://
8. Chen Y, Shan Fucheng, Nelson M N, Siddique K M H, Rengel Z (2016) Root trait diversity, molecular marker diversity, and trait-marker associations in a core collection of Lupinus angustifolius. Journal of Experimental Botany. DOI 10.1093/jxb/erw127
9. Allan C J, Jones B, Falkiner S, Nicholson C, Hyde S, Mauchline A, Ferrier D, Ward P, Siddique K H M, Flower K C (2016) Light grazing of crop residues by sheep in a Mediterranean-type environment has little impact on following no-tillage crops. European Journal of Agronomy. 77 (2016) 70-80
10. Pang Jiayin, Turner Neil C, Khan Tanveer, Du Yan-Lei, Xiong Jun0Lan, Colmer Timothy D, Devilla Rosangela, Stefanova Katia, Siddique Kadambot H M (2016) Response of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) to terminal drought: leaf stomatal conductance, pod abscisic acid concentration, and seed set. Journal of Experiemntal Botany Adavnce Access. DOI 10.1093/jxb/erw153
11. Khan Hammad A, Siddique Kadambot H M, Colmer Timothy D (2016) Salt sensitivity in chickpea is determined by sodium toxicity. Planta DOI 10.1007/s00425-016-2533-3
12. Khan H A, Siddique K H M, Colmer T D (2016) Vegetative and reproductive growth of salt-stressed chickpea are carbon-limited: sucrose infusion at the reproductive stage improves salt tolerance. Journal of Experimental Botany. DOI 10.1093/jxb/erw177

Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Professor Kadambot Siddique is currently the Hackett Professor and Director of The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture. Professor Siddique’s research experience in crop physiology spans more than 30 years. His publications in this field are considered as key papers and are widely cited. These publications include numerous highly cited papers on adaptation of crops (including wheat and grain legumes) to water limited environments. His research focus for the past 30 years has been in crop water relations and adaptation to dryland environments. This has encompassed providing a fundamental understanding of the response of crops to water deficits, temperatures and nutrient deficiencies. Professor Siddique conducted research on adaptation of crops to water shortage and the phenological, morphological, physiological, biochemical and genetic traits that enable crops to cope with water stress.

Some of the research highlights include:
1) Identification of traits that are associated with greater wheat yields in Mediterranean environments;
2) Discovered that old cultivars of wheat are more conservative in their water use compared with modern cultivars that are more opportunistic;
3) Identified that old cultivars of wheat have larger root systems than modern cultivars that was not specifically selected for during breeding;
4) Developed ear:stem ratio as a selection criteria for harvest index and yield improvement in wheat;
5) Identified physiological differences between chickpea genotype during terminal drought;
6) Developed a number of high yielding superior legume cultivars adapted to dryland environment and commercially released in Australia;
7) Outstanding ability and experience in translational research;
8) Successfully supervised a number of PhD students in crop physiology, agronomy and genetics of field crops.

Keynote Speaker at recent major International conferences:
- Third International Agronomy Congress, New Delhi India (2012).
- 4th International Farming Systems Design Symposium, Lanzhou, China (2013).
- International Plant Breeding Congress, Antalya, Turkey (2013).
- 6th International Food Legumes Research Conference & 7th International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics, Saskatoon, Canada (2014).
- 5th International Seed Science Congress, Diyarbakır, Turkey (2014).
- Agriculture and Climate Change 2015; Adapting Crops to Increased Uncertainty Conference,
Amsterdam, (2015).
- 30th Qi Zhen Global Lecture, Zhejiang University, China (2015)
- Silver Jubilee Lecture Indian National Academy of Agricultural Science, New Delhi, India (2015)
- IPPC2015 (3rd International Plant Physiology Congress New Delhi, India (2015)
- International Pulse Congress, Marrakesh, Morocco (2016)
Honours and awards
In April 2016 Professor Siddique was designated by UN FAO as Special Ambassador for the International Year of Pulses. In 2015 Professor Siddique was elected as the International Fellow of the Indian Society of Plant Physiology (IPP) and the Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (FNAAS). 2014 Professor Siddique was the winner of the Western Australian Year of the Award 2014 (Professions Category) for his contribution to agricultural science and farming community 2013. Professor Siddique was honoured with a prestigious Dunhunag Award by China's Gansu Provincial Government for his outstanding contribution to research and leadership within Gansu Province, especially at Lanzhou University.
2013 Professor Siddique was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Agricultural Institute (FAAI) and the citation recognised his outstanding contribution to professional agriculture.
2013 Nominated as the finalist of the Australian Year of the Award 2013 in Western Australia for his contribution to agricultural science and as mentor.
2012 Awarded Hackett Professor of Agriculture Chair at The University of Westren Australia
2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours Award with Member of the Order of Australia (AM). “Advancing agricultural science as an academic and researcher in the area of crop improvement and agronomy and through contributions to professional associations”.
2009 Indian Society of Pulse Research and Development (ISPRD) prestigious award: ISPRD Gold Medal for “the outstanding contribution in Pulse Research and Development and Natural Resource Management”.
2005 Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE). The citation recognised his outstanding contribution to Australian and international agriculture, particularly his innovative research and leadership in production agronomy, crop physiology, germplasm development and breeding of grain legumes pulses) and cereal crops of benefit to the grains industry in Australia and overseas.
2001 Urrbrae Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Australian Agricultural Science and industry”, Urrbrae Memorial Trust.
Previous positions
1980-1981 - Research Associate, International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Aleppo, Syria.
1985-1992 - Cereal Physiologist, Department of Agriculture, WA.
1992-1996 - Senior Pulse Agronomist/Physiologist, Department of Agriculture Western Australia.
1996-2001 - Principal Pulse Agronomist/Physiologist, Department of Agriculture, WA and Sub-Program Leader, CLIMA.
2000-2001 - Leader, Pulse Productivity Program, Department of Agriculture Western Australia.
2001-2006 - Director and Professor (Crop Science), Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA), The University of Western Australia.
2000-2006 Adjunct Professor, Muresk Institute of Agriculture, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.
2007-2009 Visiting Professor Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia.
2010-2013 Visiting Professor King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Commercial development of new grain legume crop varieties for Australia:
- Desi chickpeas: Heera and Sona.
- Lentils: Cassab and Cumra.
- Lathyrus Cicera: Chalus.
- Lathyrus sativus: Ceora.
- Ord River Chickpea: Kimberley Large.
- Ascochyta resistant kabuli chickpeas : Almaz and Nafice.
- Ascochyta resistant kabuli chickpeas : Neelam and Amber.
Professor Siddique is involved in undergraduate teaching and he regularly delivers lectures on the following topics: Climate change and global food security, Water use efficiency and dryland crop production, Grain legume adaptation and production agronomy, Climate change and crop adaptation.

He has supervised numerous honours and post-graduate students. Currently he is supervising 12 PhD students.
Current external positions
2007-Present Adjunct Professor of Lanzhou University, China.
2007-Present Honorary Professor of Gansu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China.
2008-Present Honorary Professor Hauzhong Agricultural University, China.
2009-Present Adjunct Professor Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China.
2009-Present Visiting Professor Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, China.
Current projects
• Physiological and molecular characterisation of salinity and drought tolerance in chickpea.
• Improving heat and drought tolerance in canola through genomic selection in Brassica rapa.
•.Development of conservation cropping systems in the drylands.
• Genomic approaches for stress tolerant (drought, heat and salinity) chickpea.
• Adaptation of wheat to climate change: drought and heat tolerance and elevated CO2.
• Assessing the role of transpiration in ameliorating leaf temperature in wheat.
• Stomatal regulation and leaf ABA concentrations in wheat.
• Phenotyping root architecture and root system in wheat and chickpea
• Phosphorus use efficiency in chickpea.
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