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Southern Cross Plant Science

Dr Daniel Waters

Daniel Waters

Research Fellow

t: +61 2 6620 3443
f: +61 2 6622 2080
e: daniel.waters@scu.edu.au

Education:
BSc (Hons I) Biochemistry (UNE)
Grad Dip Ed (UNE)
PhD Plant Molecular Genetics (SCU)

Research interests/background

Dan's research career has revolved around understanding and managing the molecular components of plant foods. Within this sphere, his research has encompassed a diverse range of activities. His undergraduate honours project investigated gene promoters for the detoxification of plant derived fluoroacetate in ruminants. Following this he worked with anti-nutritive non-starch polysaccharides degrading exogenous enzymes in wheat based poultry diets. His PhD tracked the gene expression of developing grape berries and characterized important flavonoid bio-synthesis genes in grapes. Post PhD he has worked primarily in the molecular genetics of rice and rice grain quality in the context of rice breeding.

This work has included identification of the gene for fragrance in rice, characterization of the alleles which control rice starch gelatinization temperature and the provision of molecular markers for the Australian rice breeding program. The grain quality of wild rice relatives and the diversity of starch bio-synthesis genes and their association with starch traits in the Australian rice breeding program have been the more recent focus of attention.

Research grants awarded in past 5 years

  • Grain Foods CRC: GF2 Fragrant Grains 2006-2008 - $294,430.
  • RIRDC: Developing high quality cold tolerant rice varieties using molecular markers (UCA10A) 2006-2010: $113,866.
  • Industry and Investment NSW and Coffee Union Pty Ltd, Genetic Variation in Coffee, $25,000.
  • RIRDC: Identification of desirable coffee secondary metabolites (Project ID to be advised) 2011-2014: $150,000.

Publications

Book Chapters

  • Bradbury LME, Henry RJ, Waters DLE (2008) Flavor development in Rice. In: Havkin-Frenkel D and Belanger FC (Eds) Biotechnology in Flavor Production. Oxon UK, Blackwell Publishing Ltd: 130-142.
  • Bradbury LMT, Waters DLE, Henry RJ (2008) Genotyping for rice eating qualities. In: Henry RJ (Ed.) Plant Genotyping II: SNP Technology. Wallingford, UK, CABI Publishing: 187-194.
  • Waters DLE, Bundock PC, Henry RJ (2008) Genotyping by allele specific PCR. In: Henry RJ (Ed.) Plant Genotyping II: SNP Technology. Wallingford, UK, CABI Publishing: 88-97.

Journals

  • Nock, C. J., Waters, D. L. E., Edwards, M. A., Bowen, S., Rice, N., Cordeiro, G. M. and Henry, R. J. (2011) "Chloroplast genome sequences from total DNA for plant identification." Plant Biotechnology Journal 9: 328-333.
  • Kasem S, Waters DLE, Rice N, Shapter FM, Henry RJ. (2010) Whole grain morphology of Australian rice species. Plant Genetic Resources - Characterization and Utilization. 8(1):74-81.
  • Cuevas RP, Daygon VD, Corpuz HM, Nora L, Reinke RF, Waters DLE, Fitzgerald MA. (2010) Melting the secrets of gelatinisation temperature in rice. Functional Plant Biology. 37(5):439-447.
  • Fitzgerald TL, Waters DLE, Brooks LO, Henry RJ.(2010) Fragrance in rice (Oryza sativa) is associated with reduced yield under salt treatment. Environmental and Experimental Botany. 68(3):292-300.
  • Masouleh AK, Waters DLE, Reinke RF, Henry RJ. (2009) A high-throughput assay for rapid and simultaneous analysis of perfect markers for important quality and agronomic traits in rice using multiplexed MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. Plant Biotechnology Journal.7(4):355-363.
  • Fitzgerald TL, Henry RJ, Waters DLE (2008) Betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase in plants. Plant Biology.11:119-130.
  • Bradbury LME, Gillies SA, Brushett D, Waters DLE, Henry RJ (2008) Inactivation of an aminoaldehyde dehydrogenase is responsible for fragrance in rice. Plant Molecular Biology 68: 439-449.
  • Cross M, Waters D, Lee LS, Henry RJ 2008, 'Endonucleolytic Mutation Analysis by Internal Labelling (EMAIL) Electrophoresis 29:1291-301.
  • Fitzgerald TL, Waters DLE, Henry RJ (2008) The effect of salt on betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase transcript levels and 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline concentration in fragrant and non-fragrant rice (Oryza sativa). Plant Science 175: 539-546.
  • Waters DLE, Henry RJ (2007) Genetic manipulation of starch properties in plants: Patents 2001-2006. Recent Patents on Biotechnology 1: 252-259 (Invited Paper).
  • Kennedy B, Waters DLE, Henry RJ (2006) Screening for the rice blast resistance gene Pi-ta using LNA displacement probes and real-time PCR. Molecular Breeding 18: 185-193.
  • Waters DLE, Henry RJ, Reinke RF, Fitzgerald MA (2006) Gelatinization temperature of rice explained by polymorphisms in starch synthase. Plant Biotechnology Journal 4: 115-122.
  • Waters DLE, Holton TA, Ablett EM, Lee LS, Henry RJ (2006) The Ripening wine grape berry skin transcriptome. Plant Science 171: 132-138.
  • Bradbury LMT, Fitzgerald TL, Henry RJ, Jin Q, Waters DLE (2005) The Gene for Fragrance in Rice. Plant Biotechnology Journal 3: 363-370.
  • Bradbury LMT, Henry RJ, Jin Q, Waters DLE (2005) A Perfect Marker for Fragrance Genotyping in Rice. Molecular Breeding 16: 279-283.
  • Waters DLE, Holton TA, Ablett EM, Lee LS, Henry RJ (2005) cDNA Microarray analysis of developing grape (Vitis Vinifera cv. Shiraz ) berry skin. Functional & Integrative Genomics 5: 40-58.
  • Choct M, Kocher A, Waters DLE, Pettersson D, Ross G (2004) A comparison of three xylanases on the nutritive value of two wheats for broiler chickens. British Journal of Nutrition 92(1):53-61
  • Qingsheng J, Waters DLE, Cordeiro GM, Henry RJ, Reinke RF (2003) A Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) marker linked to fragrance in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Plant Science 165: 359-364
  • Tomkins JP, Peterson DG, Yang TJ, Ablett EF, Henry RJ, Lee LS, Waters DLE, Wing RA (2001) Grape (Vitis vinifera L.) BAC library construction, preliminary STC analysis, and identification of clones associated with flavonoid and stilbene biosynthesis. American Journal Enology and Viticulture 52: 287-291
  • Entsch B, Moran G, Waters D, Palfrey B, Ballou, B (1996) The Influence of Charge upon the Catalysis by para-Hydroxybenzoate Hydroxylase as found from the study of specific mutants. Flavins and Flavoproteins :319-322

Conference Proceedings

  • Henry, R. J., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2011). Chloroplast Genome Sequence Indicates Australian Wild Rice Represents a Source of Diversity for Rice Improvement. Plant and Animal Genome XIX Conference, San Diego, California.
  • Kasem, S., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2011). Wild Oryza starch property evaluation. Plant and Animal Genome XIX Conference, San Diego, California.
  • Nock, C. J., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2011). Plant DNA Barcoding using chloroplast genome sequences. IBC 2011 XVIII International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Nock, C. J., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2011). Whole organelle genomes from total plant DNA sequencing. Plant and Animal Genome XIX Conference, San Diego, California.
  • Shrestha, K. N., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2011). BADH genes in wheat and their expression. Plant and Animal Genome XIX Conference, San Diego, California.
  • Waters, D. L. E., P. C. Bundock, et al. (2010). Genomics and Metabolomics for New Plant Products. New Rural Industries Australia 2010 Conference and Exposition, Jupiters, Gold Coast QLD.
  • Rice, N., G. Cordeiro, et al. (2010). Whole genome sequence (WGS) analysis for exploring plant relationships. Plant and Animal Genome XVIII Conference San Diego, California.
  • Masouleh, A., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2010). Development of multiplexed perfect markers for screening key rice traits Plant and Animal Genome XVIII Conference San Diego, California.
  • Rice, N., C. J. Nock, et al. (2009). Next-Generation Sequencing of Plant Genomes. 2009 NSW Bioinformatics Research Symposium, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • Kasem, S., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2009). Genetic variation in starch genes in rice and its wild relatives. 59th Australian Cereal Chemistry Conference - Quality Science for the Country Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga NSW.
  • Cross, M., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2009). CEL I and the EMAIL mutation scanning assay. Plant and Animal Genome XVII Conference, San Diego, California USA.
  • Masouleh, A., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2009). Rapid multiplexed analysis of perfect markers for important rice traits 6th International Rice Genetics Symposium 2009, Manila, Philippines.
  • Cross, M., D. Waters, et al. (2008). CEL I and the EMAIL Mutation Scanning Assay. International Plant and Animal Genome XVI Conference, San Diego CA, USA.
  • Fitzgerald, T. L., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2008). Analysis of BADH transcript and 2AP levels in rice (Oryza sativa). 58th Australian Cereal Chemistry Conference, Gold Coast QLD, Australia.
  • Kasem, S., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2008). Evaluation of Starch Granule morphology in Wild relatives of Rice using Scanning Electron Microscopy. 58th Australian Cereal Chemistry Conference, Gold Coast QLD, Australia.
  • Kasem, S., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2008). Grain morphology of wild relatives of Australian rice. 1st Australian Wild Rice Symposium: Australia, a major centre of diversity for rice, Lismore, NSW.
  • Waters, D. L. E. and R. J. Henry (2008). Oryza sativa breeding and traits that might be sourced from Australian wild rice. 1st Australian Wild Rice Symposium: Australia, a major centre of diversity for rice, Lismore, NSW.
  • Waters, D. L. E., J. A. Pattemore, et al. (2008). Personalised plant genetic analysis. 58th Australian Cereal Chemistry Conference, Gold Coast QLD, Australia.
  • Bradbury, L. M. T., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2007). Generation of simple, perfect markers for cereal quality traits. Plant and Animal Genomes Conference XV, Molecular Markers for Plant Breeding Workshop, San Diego USA.
  • Fitzgerald, T. L., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2007). Analysis of BAD gene expression in Oryza sativa using qRTPCR. Plant and Animal Genomes Conference XV, San Diego USA.
  • Henry, R. J., L. M. E. Bradbury, et al. (2007). Functional Analysis of Rice Genes Determining Fragrance. 5th Rice Functional Genomics Symposium, Tsukuba Japan.
  • Bradbury, L. M. T., R. J. Henry, et al. (2006). Genotyping of the fragrance allele in rice. Plant and Animal Genomes Conference XIV, San Diego CA, USA.
  • Cordeiro, G. M., N. Rice, et al. (2006). SCAMinG an Efficient High Through put Approach to Discovery and Analysis of SNP for Genotyping of Agricultural and Food Species. Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC) 'Unlocking the potential of agricultural biotechnology', Melbourne VIC, Australia.
  • Eliott, F., G. M. Cordeiro, et al. (2006). SCAMinG: An Efficient High Throughput Approach to Discovery and Analysis of SNPs for Genotyping of Tropical Crop Species. Tropical Crop Biotechnology Conference, Cairns QLD, Australia.
  • Aryan, A., M. Martin, et al. (2006). Cooking Properties of Rice Crossbreds in Relation to Allelic Combination of the Key Starch Synthetic Enzyme Genes. 56th Australian Cereal Chemistry Conference, Fremantle WA, Australia.
  • Henry, R. J., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2006). Cereal Quality Improvement Using Genomic Tools. ISPMB 8th International Congress of Plant Molecular Biology, Adelaide SA, Australia.
  • McIntosh, S., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2006). Improving Cereals for Human Health. Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC) 'Unlocking the potential of agricultural biotechnology', Melbourne VIC, Australia.
  • Henry, R. J., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2006). Discovery of genes for quality and nutritional traits in rice. Tropical Crop Biotechnology Cairns, Cairns QLD, Australia.
  • Waters, D. L. E., L. M. T. Bradbury, et al. (2006). Competitive allele specific PCR molecular markers for Australian rice breeding. 13th Australian Plant Breeding Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Waters, D. L. E., M. A. Fitzgerald, et al. (2006). Rice Genome Sequence Accelerates the Discovery of Commercially Important Genes and Polymorphisms. Plant and Animal Genomes Conference XIV, San Diego CA, USA.
  • Waters, D. L. E., S. McIntosh, et al. (2006). Improving rice for human health. Tropical Crop Biotechnology Conference, Cairns QLD, Australia.
  • Bradbury, L. M. E., T. L. Fitzgerald, et al. (2005). The Fene for Fragrance in Rice. Plant and Animal Genomes Conference XIII, San Diego CA, USA.
  • Bradbury, L. M. T., T. L. Fitzgerald, et al. (2005). The Gene for Fragrance in Rice. Connect 2005 - Chemical Challenges for the 21st Century (the 12th Convention of the RACI), Sydney NSW, Australia.
  • Henry, R. J., L. M. E. Bradbury, et al. (2005). Fragrance of Rice is Associated with an Altered form of BAD2 on Chromosome 8. Plant and Animal Genomes Conference XIII, San Diego CA, USA.
  • Qingsheng, J., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2004). Development of molecular markers for the Australian Rice Breeding Program. Plant and Animal Genomes XII Conference, San Diego CA, USA.
  • Henry, R. J., P. C. Bundock, et al. (2003). Single nucleotide polymorphism analysis in support of plant breeding. 12th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference, Perth WA, Australia.
  • Qingsheng, J., D. L. E. Waters, et al. (2003). Single nucleotide polymorphisms in cultivated rice (Oryza sativa L.) with reference to the fragrance gene. The First International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics, Shanghai, China.
  • Henry, R. J., T. Pacey-Miller, et al. (2003). SNP discovery and analysis in plant genomes. Genetics Society of Australia Conference, Melbourne VIC, Australia.
  • Lee, L. S., E. Ablett, et al. (2002). Grapevine ESTs - Expression comparisons and access to sequences. 10th International Plant, Animal and Microbe Genomes Conference, San Diego CA, USA.
  • Tomkins, J., D. Peterson, et al. (2002). A BAC library for grape and strategies for the development of a physical framework for the Grape Genome. Plant, Animal and Microbe Genomes X Conference, San Diego CA, USA.
  • Waters, D., T. A. Holton, et al. (2000). Flavonoid Biosynthesis genes from Grape (Vitis vinifera) isolated by EST analysis. Combio 2000, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Waters, D. L. E. and M. Choct (1998). A simple method for the measurement of endogenous -glucanase activity in wheat. Australian Poultry Science Symposium. University of Sydney, Sydney: 204.
  • Waters, D. L. E., G. M. Cordeiro, et al. (2003). Development and application of molecular markers to the Australian Rice Breeding Program. RACI Cereal Chemistry Division - Barley Technical Symposium, Glenelg SA, Australia, Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Australia.
  • Ablett, E. M., S. L. Lee, et al. (2003). Gene discovery in grapes: The Grape Genome Project. Congress for InVitro Biology, Oregon USA.
  • Waters, D. L. E. and R. J. Henry (2005). Application of SNP and SSR markers in rice improvement. 5th International Rice Genetics Symposium, Manila, Philippines.
  • Waters, D. L. E., T. Holton, et al. (2004). cDNA Microarray analysis of Developing Vitis vinifera cv Shiraz Berry Skin. Plant and Animal Genomes XII Conference, San Diego CA, USA.