Parwinder Kaur

Dr, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M089), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


  • 118 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
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Personal profile

Current projects

Improved subterranean clover seed production for multiple disease resistance

Phosphorus-efficient pastures that deliver high nitrogen- and water-use efficiency with reduced cost of production across southern Australia

Industrial relevance



I am working with a team of researchers across various disciplines developing methodologies to enable breeders to identify environmentally friendly pastures and discover the genes controlling traits of interest in them.

My main reserch focus is Subterranean clover (Trifolium subterraneum L.) which is the most common pasture species in Australia, growing on 22 million hectares of Australian farmland. It is also an ideal reference species for comparative mapping within the Leguminosae. It is a diploid (2n =16), predominantly inbreeding annual species that can be readily hybridised. It also has a wide range of diversity for both qualitative and quantitative agronomic and morphological characters. I have lead the assembly of the first draft genome sequence of Subterranean clover recently published in Nature Scientific reports. The draft assembly describes represents 86% (~480Mb)of the estimated 556.6 Mb subterranean clover genome (based on cv. Daliak). This reference genome will serve as a genomic resource of subterranean clover and facilitate identification of the genetic basis of agronomically important traits, which are vital for the future genetic improvement of pasture legumes. Having a fully sequenced genome has profound implications for the pre-breeding and molecular marker development of subterranean clover.

Presently, a panel of 97 world core collection accessions and 28 elite Australian cultivars, has been extensively phenotyped and genotyped to construct a haplotype map (HapMap) which will serve as a powerful tool enabling identification of the genes and genetic variations for important economic and morphological traits.


Punjabi and Sanskrit

External positions

Lead Scientist | Genome Innovation Hub, Telethon Kids Institute

7 Jul 2018 → …


  • Genomics
  • Plant biology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Genetics
  • Entomology

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Research Output 2008 2018

Waterlogging tolerance of pea at germination

Zaman, M. S., Malik, A. I., Kaur, P. & Erskine, W. Apr 2018 In : Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science. 204, 2, p. 155-164

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

flooded conditions
5 Citations

An advanced reference genome of Trifolium subterraneum L. reveals genes related to agronomic performance

Kaur, P., Bayer, P. E., Milec, Z., Vrána, J., Yuan, Y., Appels, R., Edwards, D., Batley, J., Nichols, P., Erskine, W. & Doležel, J. 12 Jul 2017 In : Plant Biotechnology Journal. 15, 8, p. 1034-1046 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Trifolium subterraneum
agronomic traits
1 Citations

Climate Clever Clovers: New Paradigm to Reduce the Environmental Footprint of Ruminants by Breeding Low Methanogenic Forages Utilizing Haplotype Variation

Kaur, P., Appels, R., Bayer, P. E., Keeble-Gagnere, G., Wang, J., Hirakawa, H., Shirasawa, K., Vercoe, P., Stefanova, K., Durmic, Z., Nichols, P., Revell, C., Isobe, S. N., Edwards, D. & Erskine, W. 5 Sep 2017 In : Frontiers in Plant Science. 8, 10 p., 1463

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
5 Citations

Draft genome sequence of subterranean clover, a reference for genus Trifolium

Hirakawa, H., Kaur, P., Shirasawa, K., Nichols, P., Nagano, S., Appels, R., Erskine, W. & Isobe, S. N. 22 Aug 2016 In : Scientific Reports. 6, p. 1-9

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations

Mass-spectrometry data for Rhizoctonia solani proteins produced during infection of wheat and vegetative growth

Anderson, J. P., Hane, J. K., Stoll, T., Pain, N., Hastie, M. L., Kaur, P., Hoogland, C., Gorman, J. J. & Singh, K. B. 2016 In : Data in Brief. 8, p. 267-271 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mass Spectrometry


GENOMICS platform

Kaur, P. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 4 May 2015


Clover v2.0 reference assembly and annotation

Kaur, P. (Creator), Bayer, P. (Creator), Milec, Z. (Creator), Vrána, J. (Creator), Yuan, Y. (Creator), Appels, R. (Creator), Edwards, D. (Creator), Batley, J. (Creator), Nichols, P. G. (Creator), Erskine, W. (Creator), Doležel, J. (Creator), Zenodo, 27 Oct 2016