Pip Wilson



Dr Pip Wilson came to ANU in 2012 from CSIRO Plant Industry where she undertook field based research investigating whether combining greater early growth and higher transpiration efficiency could improve wheat yields in Australian environments.

Dr Wilson obtained her BSc (Advanced) from Sydney University. She did her honours at ANU on systemic signalling of high light stress in Arabidopsis under the supervision of Professor Barry Pogson. Her PhD, in the same group, involved the positional cloning, and molecular and physiological characterisation, of a water stress tolerant Arabidopsis mutant, alx8.


Research interests

To meet worldwide wheat grain demands, the rate of yield increase needs to double by 2050. One underexplored area is the potential to increase crop yields by increasing the energy use efficiency in crops such as wheat. In particular, by applying our molecular and physiological knowledge of respiration and photosynthesis, there is potential to identify wheat varieties that have the most beneficial combinations of traits to increase biomass and yield. Whereas this trait has been difficult to measure in the past, new technology now exists that will allow rapid screening of respiration of field grown materials. This capacity is being utilised to improve energy use efficiency in wheat as part of a new GRDC funded international collaboration. The project is part of the International Wheat Yield Partnership, and will be run between CIMMYT, University of Western Australia, University of Adelaide and the Australian National University involving 7 Chief Investigators and 7 postdoctoral researchers. My current role is as a project manager and researcher in this interdisciplinary project that will combine crop physiology, population genetics, metabolomics, proteomics and bioinformatics to achieve its goals.


Rungrat, T., Awila, M., Brown, T., Cheng, R., Sirault, X., Fajkus, J., Trtilek, M., Furbank, B., Badger, M., Tester, M., Pogson, B.J., Borevitz, J.O., and Wilson, P.B. 2016. Using phenomic analysis of photosynthetic function for abiotic stress response gene discovery. The Arabidopsis Book, in press

Wilson, P.B., Rebetzke, G.R. and Condon, A.G., 2015, Of growing importance: combining greater early vigour and transpiration efficiency for wheat in variable rainfed environments. Functional Plant Biology, 42(12): 1107-1115 

Wilson, P.B., Streich, J.C. and Borevitz, J., 2015, Genomic Diversity and Climate Adaptation in Brachypodium. Chapter in: Genetics and Genomics of Brachypodium, Ed: John Vogel

Wilson, P.B., Rebetzke, G.R. and Condon, A.G., 2015, Pyramiding genes for greater early vigour and transpiration efficiency in bread wheat I. Germplasm development and early growth, Field Crop Research, 183: 102-110 

Wilson*, P.B., Estavillo*, G.M., Field, K.J., Pornsiriwong, W., Carroll, A.J., Howell, K.A., Woo, N.S., Lake, J.A., Smith, S.M., Millar, A.H., von Caemmerer, S. and Pogson, B.J., 2009, The nucleotidase/phosphatase SAL1 is a negative regulator of drought tolerance in Arabidopsis, The Plant Journal, 58(2): 299 * - equal first author

Rossel*, J.B., Wilson*, P.B., Hussain*, D., Mewett, O.P., Howell, K., Gordon, M., Whelan J., Kazan, K. and Pogson, B.J., 2007, Systemic and intracellular photoprotective responses to oxidative stress, Plant Cell, 19: 4091 * - equal first author

Rossel, J.B., Walter (now Wilson), P.B., Hendrickson, L., Chow, W.S., Poole, A., Mullineaux, P.M. and Pogson, B.J., 2006, A mutation affecting ASCORBATE PEROXIDASE 2 gene expression reveals a link between responses to high light and drought tolerance, Plant Cell and Environment, 29: 269

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