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Peta Clode

Assoc/Prof Peta Clode

Associate Professor

Contact details
The University of Western Australia (M010)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 8098
+61 8 6488 1087
Room 1.81, Physics Building, Perth campus
BSc PhD La Trobe
PhD La Trobe 2002 (APA Scholarship)
Lecturer UWA 2003-2007
Senior Lecturer UWA 2007-2015
Associate Professor UWA 2015 - current
Key research
Metals in biology
Biomineralisation / calcification
Cell structure-function relationships
Element and nutrient acquisition strategies
Symbiotic, parasitic, diseased systems
For full list of publications see: Google Scholar - Peta Clode or

Botero A, Clode PL, Peacock C, Thompson RCA (2016). Towards a better understanding of the life cycle of Trypanosoma copemani. Protist 167:82-92.

Botero A, Cooper C, Thompson C, Clode PL, Rose K, Thompson RCA (2016). Morphological and phylogenetic description of Trypanosoma noyesi sp. nov.: an Australian wildlife trypanosome within the T. cruzi clade. Protist 167:425-439.

Cooper C, Clode PL, Thompson RCA (2016) Host-parasite relationships and life histories of trypanosomes in Australia. Advances in Parasitology Available online.

Foster T and Clode PL (2016). Skeletal mineralogy of coral recruits under high temperature and pCO2. Biogeosciences 13:1717-1722.

Foster T, Falter JL, McCulloch MT, Clode PL (2016). Ocean acidification causes structural deformities in juvenile coral skeletons. Science Advances 2:e1501130.

Gunasinghe N, You MP, Clode PL, Barbetti MJ (2016). Mechanisms of resistance in Brassica carinata, Brassica napus, and Brassica juncea to Pseudocercosporella capsellae. Plant Pathology 65:888-900.

Gunasinghe N, You MP, Clode PL, Cawthray G, Barbetti M (2016). Unique infection structures produced by Pseudocercosporella capsellae during initial infection stages on Brassica carinata, B. juncea and B. napus. Plant Pathology Available online.

Lema KA, Clode PL, Kilburn MR, Thornton R, Willis BL, Bourne DG (2016). Imaging the uptake of nitrogen-fixing bacteria into larvae of the coral Acropora millepora. The ISME Journal 10:1804-1808.

Nyalugwe EP, Barbetti MJ, Clode PL, Jones RAC (2016). Systemic hypersensitive resistance to Turnip mosaic virus in Brassica juncea is associated with multiple defence responses, especially phloem necrosis and xylem occlusion. Plant Disease 100:1261-1270.

Nyalugwe EP, Barbetti MJ, Clode PL, Jones RAC (2016). Programmed cell death pathways induced by early plant-virus infection are determined by isolate virulence and stage of infection. Plant Pathology 65:1518-1528.

Ricardo G, Jones R, Clode PL, Negri AP (2016). Mucous secretion and cilia beating defend developing coral larvae from suspended sediments. PLoS One 11(9):e0162743.

Thompson RCA, Koh WH, Clode PL (2016). Cryptosporidium: What is it? Food and Waterborne Parasitology 4:54-61.

Uloth MB, Clode PL, You MP, Barbetti M (2016). Attack modes and defence reactions in pathosystems involving Scleractinia sclerotiorum, Brassica carinata, and Brassica napus. Annals of Botany 117:79-95.

Wangpraseurt D, Pernice M, Guagliardo P, Kilburn MR, Clode PL, Polerecky L, Kühl M (2016). Light microenvironment and single-cell gradients of carbon fixation in tissues of symbiont-bearing corals. ISME Journal 10:788-792.

Au P-I, Clode P, Smart RSC, Leong Y-K (2015). Surface chemistry-microstructure-rheology of high and low crystallinity KGa-1b and KGa-2 kaolinite suspensions. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 484:354-364.

Clode PL (2015). A method for preparing difficult plant samples for light and electron microscopy. Microscopy and Microanalysis 21:902-909.

Clode PL, Koh WH, Thompson RCA (2015). Life without a host cell: what is Cryptosporidium? Trends in Parasitology 31:614-624.

Cooper C, Clode PL, Thomson D, Stat M (2015). A flatworm from the genus Waminoa (Acoela: Convolutidae) associated with bleached corals in Western Australia. Zoological Science 32(5):465-472.

Jaafar NM, Clode PL, Abbott LK (2015). Soil microbial responses to biochar varying in particle size, surface and pore properties. Pedosphere (special issue) 25:770-780.

Jaafar NM, Clode PL, Abbott LK (2015). Biochar interactions in four agricultural soils. Pedosphere (special issue) 25:729-736.

Kaiser C, Kilburn MR, Clode PL, Fuchslueger L, Koranda M, Cliff JB, Solaiman ZM, Murphy DV (2015). Exploring the transfer of recent photosynthates to soil microbes: mycorrhizal pathway versus direct root exudation. New Phytologist 205:1537-1551.

Kotula L, Clode PL, Striker GG, Pedersen O, Läuchli A, Shabala S, Colmer TD (2015). Oxygen deficiency and salinity affect cell-specific ion concentrations in adventitious roots of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). New Phytologist 208:1114-1125.

Kotula L, Khan HA, Quealy J, Turner NC, Vadex V, Siddique KHM, Clode PL, Colmer TD (2015). Salt sensitivity in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.): ions in reproductive tissues and yield components in contrasting genotypes. Plant, Cell and Environment 38:1565-77.

Lambers H, Clode P, Hawkins H-J, Reddell P, Shane MW, Weston P, Stitt M. (2015). Metabolic adaptations of the non-mycotrophic Proteaceae to soil with a low phosphorus availability. In: Plaxton WC & Lambers H (eds). Annual Plant Reviews Volume 48: Phosphorus Metabolism in Plants in the Post-genomic Era: From Gene to Ecosystem. Chapter 11. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Chichester.

Ricardo GF, Jones RJ, Clode PL, Humanes A, Negri AP (2015). Suspended solids limit coral sperm availability. Scientific Reports 5:18084.

Uloth M, Clode PL, You MP, Barbetti M (2015). Calcium oxalate crystals: an integral component of the Sclerotinia sclerotiorum / Brassica carinata pathosystem. PLoS One 10(3):e0122362.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Director of Teaching, CMCA
Head - Biological Applications, CMCA

Various biological systems (plant, animal, microbial)
Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry
Electron microscopy
Cell and tissue imaging
Biological microanalysis (EDS element analysis)
Funding received
DAFF Carbon Farming Futures: Filling the Research Gap, 2013-17: Gleeson et al. Managing biological, physical and chemical constraints to soil carbon storage.

ARC Discovery, 2013-15: Lambers et al. Does calcium toxicity explain the absence of most Proteaceae from calcareous habitats?

ARC LIEF, 2015: Millar et al. High resolution mass spectrometry for metabolomics and proteomics research.

ARC LIEF, 2015: Low et al. A STM/AFM facility for electroactive materials characterisation.
Useful links
UWA Oceans Institute -
Australian Microscopy Society -
Current projects
Effects of dredging on corals & sponges (WAMSI)
Calcification in reef corals
Parasites in Australian wildlife
Nutrient dynamics in the rhizosphere
Ca and P sensitivity in crop and native plants
Salinity tolerance in important crops
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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