Craig Atkins

Emeritus Professor, MSc(Agric) Syd., PhD Qu., DSc W.Aust., FAIBiol

  • The University of Western Australia (M084), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile

Roles and responsibilities

Genetic alteration of legume seeds to generate new and novel grains

Future research

Functional genomics and metabolomics of nitrogen metabolism in relation to seed development in pulses

Funding overview


Previous positions

Head, Dept Botany Univ WA
Head, Soils Section FAO/IAEA Joint Division Vienna Austria

Current projects

Dual targeting of single gene products to plastids and mitochondria in plants.
Exploiting a GE approach to generate narrow leafed lupins with a high content of oil.
Regulation of gene expression in developing lupin seeds.
Identification of phloem borne 'signals' in lupin that regulate floral transition, cluster root initiation and induction of nodules in response to Bradyrhizobium.
Studies of the Ant/bacterial/extra-floral nectary relationships in cowpea.

Industrial relevance

Aimed at enhancing on farm performance of pulses, especially lupins in the context of WA farming systems. Development of novel lupin genotypes that can be exploited to provide function foods.

Teaching overview

Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Nitrogen metabolism, nitrogen fixation, translocation of solutes, seed development and regulation of gene expression in plants


limited German

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research expertise keywords

  • Analytical techniques for plants and soil
  • Genetic manipulation of plants
  • Nitrogen transformation in legumes
  • Plant biochemistry and physiology
  • Plant growth regulators
  • Plant molecular biology
  • Stable isotopes in plant biology
  • Stable isotope techniques
  • Symbiotic nitrogen fixation


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