Craig Atkins

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

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

    6009 Perth


  • 1349 Citations
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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


  • 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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Research Output 1992 2017

50 Citations (Scopus)

A comprehensive draft genome sequence for lupin (Lupinus angustifolius), an emerging health food: insights into plant–microbe interactions and legume evolution

Hane, J. K., Ming, Y., Kamphuis, L. G., Nelson, M. N., Garg, G., Atkins, C. A., Bayer, P. E., Bravo, A., Bringans, S. D., Cannon, S., Edwards, D., Foley, R., Gao, L. L., Harrison, M. J., Huang, W., Hurgobin, B., Li, S., Liu, C. W., McGrath, A., Morahan, G. & 4 othersMurray, J., Weller, J. L., Jian, J. & Singh, K. B., 1 Mar 2017, In : Plant Biotechnology Journal. 15, 3, p. 318-330 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Lupinus angustifolius
health foods
11 Citations (Scopus)

Long-distance movement of phosphate starvation-responsive microRNAs in Arabidopsis

Huen, A. K., Rodriguez-Medina, C., Ho, A. Y. Y., Atkins, C. A. & Smith, P. M. C., 1 Jul 2017, In : Plant Biology. 19, 4, p. 643-649 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

39 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
genetic markers
4 Citations (Scopus)

Projects 1995 2013