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Dr Anthony James

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Environmental Systems

Personal

Name
Dr Anthony James
Position(s)
Research Scientist
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Environmental Systems
Discipline *
Agricultural Biotechnology, Crop and Pasture Production
Phone
+61 7 3138 2153
Fax
+61 7 3138 4132
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Plant Protection (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) (Life Science) (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Applied Science (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Australasian Plant Pathology Society
  • American Phytopathological Society
Keywords

Banana virus diagnostics and charactisation, Viruses of taro, yam & banana, Bananas resistant to Fusarium wilt, Bananas resistant to Banana bunchy top virus, Banana streak virus infectious clones, Plant biotechnology, Plant pathology, Biosecurity

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Biography: Anthony joined the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities in 2006 as a Research Scientist and completed his PhD studies in 2011. Initially Anthony worked on a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project to develop biofortified bananas for East Africa. Anthony’s work focussed on implementing diagnostics assays for banana viruses with three partner organisations in East Africa as well as identifying and characterisation banana viruses from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya in cooperation with scientists in each country. This work led to the development of a novel diagnostic assay for detecting banana streak viruses and the molecular characterisation of a number of BSV species. 

Since 2010 Anthony has worked on an ARC-Linkage funded project “Generation of Bananas with Resistance to Fusarium Wilt” with a focus on using stress tolerance genes and disease resistance genes to develop transgenic or cisgenic bananas resistant to Tropical Race 4 of banana Fusarium wilt. The identification of promoters for root-specific transgene expression in banana has been an additional focus area of this work.

More recently Anthony has been working on developing infectious clones of banana streak virus for gene expression and gene silencing in bananas, and has also become involved in a HAL funded project titled “A platform for the continuous genetic improvement of accepted cultivars of vegetatively propagated horticultural crops”.

Anthony supervises post-graduate (PhD) research students working in a range of project areas including:

  • Development of bananas with resistance to banana bunchy top virus using RNAi
  • Development of Banana streak virus-based vectors for efficient gene expression in banana
  • Characterisation of taro viruses and development of diagnostic assays
  • Characterisation and diagnostics for badnaviruses of yam
This information has been contributed by Dr Anthony James.

Teaching

Anthony assists with undergraduate practical classes focussing on plant-pathogen interactions in addition to supervising postgraduate research students.

This information has been contributed by Dr Anthony James.

Experience

Professional Experience:

  • 2006–Current Research Scientist (Plant virology/Plant biotechnology), Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Project work areas:

  • Development of infectious clones of banana streak viruses for gene expression and gene silencing in banana
  • Development of transgenic bananas with resistance to Fusarium wilt race 1 and Tropical race 4 caused by Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense
  • Development of transgenic bananas with resistance to Banana bunchy top virus
  • Characterisation of promoters for root-specifc transgene expression in banana
  • Development of diagnostic assay and characterisation of viruses infecting bananas, taro and yam
  •  2000–2006 Research Scientist (Plant pathology and Quarantine), BSES Limited, David North Plant Research Centre, Indooroopilly, QLD, Australia
  • 1999–2000 Research Assistant (Quarantine), BSES Limited, David North Plant Research Centre, Indooroopilly, QLD, Australia
  • 2003 Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program, Yunnan Sugar Research Institute, Yunnan province, P.R. China
This information has been contributed by Dr Anthony James.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Supervision

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)