Kadambot Siddique

Professor, BSc (Ag) (Hons), MSc (Ag), PhD

  • The University of Western Australia (M082), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


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Professor Kadambot H.M. Siddique AM, CitWA, FTSE, FAIA, FNAAS, FISPP
Hackett Professor of Agriculture Chair and Director The UWA Institute of Agriculture
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After completion of his PhD at UWA in 1985 Professor Siddique joined the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) as a cereal crop physiologist and worked his way up to principal scientist and leader of DAFWA’s Pulse Program. He became the Director of Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA) at UWA in 2001 and remained in this position until 2006 when he was appointed to establish and lead The UWA Institute of Agriculture.

Professor Siddique is recognised internationally as a leader in crop science and agriculture.

Roles and responsibilities

Professor Kadambot Siddique is currently the Hackett Professor and Director of The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture. Professor Siddique’s research experience in crop physiology spans more than 30 years. His publications in this field are considered as key papers and are widely cited. These publications include numerous highly cited papers on adaptation of crops (including wheat and grain legumes) to water limited environments. His research focus for the past 30 years has been in crop water relations and adaptation to dryland environments. This has encompassed providing a fundamental understanding of the response of crops to water deficits, temperatures and nutrient deficiencies. Professor Siddique conducted research on adaptation of crops to water shortage and the phenological, morphological, physiological, biochemical and genetic traits that enable crops to cope with water stress.

Some of the research highlights include:
1) Identification of traits that are associated with greater wheat yields in Mediterranean environments;
2) Discovered that old cultivars of wheat are more conservative in their water use compared with modern cultivars that are more opportunistic;
3) Identified that old cultivars of wheat have larger root systems than modern cultivars that was not specifically selected for during breeding;
4) Developed ear:stem ratio as a selection criteria for harvest index and yield improvement in wheat;
5) Identified physiological differences between chickpea genotype during terminal drought;
6) Developed a number of high yielding superior legume cultivars adapted to dryland environment and commercially released in Australia;
7) Outstanding ability and experience in translational research;
8) Successfully supervised a number of PhD students in crop physiology, agronomy and genetics of field crops.

Keynote Speaker at recent major International conferences:
- Kansas State University Food and Agriculture Lecture (2015)
- 30th Qi Zhen Global Lecture, Zhejiang University, China (2015)
- Silver Jubilee Lecture, Indian National Academy of Agricultural Science, New Delhi, India (2015)
- 3rd International Plant Physiology Congress (IPPC2015), New Delhi, India (2015)
- 1st Agriculture and Climate Change Conference, ;Adapting Crops to Increased Uncertainty' Amsterdam, Netherlands (2015)
- Distinguished Visiting Scientist Lecture, ICRISAT, India (2016)
- International Pulse Congress, Marrakesh, Morocco (2016)
- Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Conference, Cape Town, South Africa (2016)
- 4th International Agronomy Conference, New Delhi, India (2016)
- FAO Regional Forum, 'Enhancing the Productivity and Profitability of Pulses Addressing Food and Nutritional Security', Chenai, Imndia (2016)
- Distinguished Professor Lectures, North West Agricultural and Forestry University, Yangling, China (2016)
- Australian Africa University Network (AAUN) Conference, Perth, Australia (2016)
- 7th Annual Crop Science Congress, Beijing, China (2016)
- International Conference on Pulses for Nutritional Security and Agricultural Sustainability, New Delhi, India (2016)
- FAO Regional Initiative on Zero Hunger Challenge: Regional Export Consultation on Scoping, Prioritising and Mapping of Neglected and Underutilised Crop Species in Asia, Bangkok, Thailand (2016)
- World Universities Network (WUN) Symposium and Research Summit, 'Impact of Grain Legumes Research and Development in Developing Countries, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2017)
- International Symposium on Crop Roots and Rhizosphere Interaction, Yangling, China (2017)
- 2nd Agriculture and Climate Change Conference, Barcelona, Spain (2017)
- Australia Africa Universities Network (WUN) Workshop, 'New Plant Breeding Methods for Sustainable Use of Genetic Resources and Security of Food Production', University of Mauritius (2018)
- VII-International Food Legumes Research Conference (IFLRC), Marrakesh, Morocco (2018)

Previous positions

1980-1981 - Research Associate, International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Aleppo, Syria.
1985-1992 - Cereal Physiologist, Department of Agriculture Western Australia.
1992-1996 - Senior Pulse Agronomist/Physiologist, Department of Agriculture Western Australia.
1996-2001 - Principal Pulse Agronomist/Physiologist, Department of Agriculture, Western Australia and Sub-Program Leader, Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA), The University of Western Australia.
2000-2001 - Leader, Pulse Productivity Program, Department of Agriculture Western Australia.
2001-2006 - Director and Professor (Crop Science), Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA), The University of Western Australia.
2006-2012 - Winthrop Professor of Agriculture Chair and Director, The UWA Institute of Agriculture, The University of Western Australia.
2010-2012 - Associate Research Dean, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Western Australia.

Current projects

• Physiological and molecular characterisation of salinity and drought tolerance in chickpea.
• Improving heat and drought tolerance in canola through genomic selection in Brassica rapa.
•.Development of conservation cropping systems in the drylands.
• Genomic approaches for stress tolerant (drought, heat and salinity) chickpea.
• Adaptation of wheat to climate change: drought and heat tolerance and elevated CO2.
• Assessing the role of transpiration in ameliorating leaf temperature in wheat.
• Stomatal regulation and leaf ABA concentrations in wheat.
• Phenotyping root architecture and root system in wheat and chickpea
• Phosphorus use efficiency in chickpea.

Teaching overview

Professor Siddique is involved in undergraduate teaching and he regularly delivers lectures on the following topics: Climate change and global food security, Water use efficiency and dryland crop production, Grain legume adaptation and production agronomy, Climate change and crop adaptation.

He has supervised numerous honours and post-graduate students. Currently he is supervising 12 PhD students.


  • Agriculture, abiotic stress, crop physiology, agronomy, farming systems, germplasm enhancement and breeding of cereals, legumes and oil seed crops, climate change adaptation, conservation agriculture
  • International project collaboration
  • Linkage with farmer groups and industry
  • Postgraduate training/supervision

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Projects 2001 2021

Research Output 1998 2018

4 Citations

Application of zinc improves the productivity and biofortification of fine grain aromatic rice grown in dry seeded and puddled transplanted production systems

Farooq, M., Ullah, A., Rehman, A., Nawaz, A., Nadeem, A., Wakeel, A., Nadeem, F. & Siddique, K. H. M. 1 Feb 2018 In : Field Crops Research. 216, p. 53-62 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

production system
aromatic compounds
production technology
1 Citations

Ex vivo and in vitro assessment of anti-inflammatory activity of seed β-conglutin proteins from Lupinus angustifolius

Lima-Cabello, E., Morales-Santana, S., Foley, R. C., Melser, S., Alché, V., Siddique, K. H. M., Singh, K. B., Alché, J. D. & Jimenez-Lopez, J. C. 1 Jan 2018 In : Journal of Functional Foods. 40, p. 510-519 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lupinus angustifolius
Functional Food
Dietary Supplements
anti-inflammatory activity
functional foods

Genetic analysis of meiotic-stage water stress tolerance in wheat (Triticum aestivum. L.)

Onyemaobi, I. O. 2018 (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

stress tolerance
genetic techniques and protocols
water stress
Triticum aestivum

Genomic research to improve the quality of narrow-leafed lupin (Lupinus angustifolius L.) grain

Frick, K. M. 2018 (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Lupinus angustifolius
quinolizidine alkaloids


Summary of yield-related QTL identified for water-stress resistance in wheat.

Onyemaobi, I. O. (Creator), Ayalew, H. (Creator), Liu, H. (Creator), Siddique, K. (Creator), Yan, G. (Creator), PLos ONE, 8 Mar 2018