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Professor Saman Seneweera

Professor Saman Seneweera
Name Saman Seneweera
Position Adjunct Professor
Section Centre for Crop Health (Operations)
Qualifications PhD Western Sydney
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Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified ( 050299 )
  • Crop and Pasture Production not elsewhere classified ( 070399 )

Research interests
Plant Physiology, Biochemistry, Grain Quality, Climate Change Biology, Plant Breeding, Global Food and Nutrient Security

Industry affiliations
Member of American Society of Plant Biologist

Australian Society of Plant Scientists

Australian Society of Agronomists

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
20 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
5 Years

Research most recent
Myers S, Nellen W, Zanobetti A, Kloog I, Dietterich LH, Sartor KA, Hasegawa T, Raboy V, Nelson R, Leakey ADB, Ottman MJ, Tausz M, Fitzgerald G, Seneweera S (2014) Rising concentration of atmospheric CO2 threatens human nutrition. Nature 000: 000 in Press - doi:10.1038/nature13179

Fernando N, Panozzo J, Tausz M, Norton RM, Neumann N, Fitzgerald GJ, Seneweera S (2014) Elevated CO2 alters grain quality of two bread wheat cultivars grown under different environmental conditions. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 185: 24-3

Fernando N, Panozzo J, Tausz M, Norton RM, Fitzgerald GJ, Myers S, Nicolas ME, Seneweera S (2014) Intra-specific variation of wheat grain quality in response to elevated [CO2] at two sowing times under rain-fed and irrigation treatments. Journal of Cereal Science 59: 137-144

Thilakarathne CL, Tausz-Posch S, Cane K, Norton RM, Tausz M, Seneweera S (2013) Intraspecific variation in growth and yield response to elevated CO2 in wheat depends on the differences of leaf mass per unit area. Functional Plant Biology 40: 185

Research most notable
Fernando N, Panozzo J, Tausz M, Norton R, Fitzgerald and G, Seneweera S. (2012) Rising atmospheric CO2 concentration affects mineral nutrient and protein concentration of wheat grain. Food Chemistry, 133, 1307-1311

Tausz M, Tausz-Posch S, Norton RM, Fitzgerald GJ, Nicolas ME, Seneweera S (2013) Understanding crop physiology to select breeding targets and improve crop management under increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Environmental and Experimental Botany 88: 71-80

Tausz-Posch S, Borowiak K, Dempsey RW, Norton RM, Seneweera S, Fitzgerald GJ, Tausz M (2013) The effect of elevated CO2 on photochemistry and antioxidative defence capacity in wheat depends on environmental growing conditions - A FACE study. Environmental and Experimental Botany 88: 81-92

Tausz-Posch S, Norton RM, Seneweera S, Fitzgerald GJ, Tausz M (2013) Will intra-specific differences in transpiration efficiency in wheat be maintained in a high CO 2 world? A FACE study. Physiologia Plantarum148: 232–245

Seneweera S, Makino A, Hirotsu N, Norton R, Suzuki Y (2011) New insight into photosynthetic acclimation to elevated CO2: The role of leaf nitrogen and ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase content in rice leaves. Environmental and Experimental Botany 71: 128-136

Seneweera S, Kailasapathy K (2011) Impact of microencapsulated peptidase (Aspergillus oryzae) on cheddar cheese Proteolysis and its biologically active peptide. Protein & Peptide Letters 18: 741-746

Atwell BJ, Henery ML, Rogers GS, Seneweera S, Treadwell M, Conroy JP (2007) Canopy development and hydraulic function in Eucalyptus tereticornis grown in drought in CO2-enriched atmospheres. Functional Plant Biology 34: 1137-1149

Seneweera S, Makino A and T Mae (2005) Response of rice to CO2 enrichment: The relationship between photosynthesis and Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase. Journal of Crop Improvement 13: 31-53

Seneweera SP, Kobayashi K, Okada M, Ishimaru K, Lieffering M, Conroy JP, Ghannoum O, Kim HY (2002) Changes in source-sink relation during development influence photosynthetic acclimation of rice under free air CO2 enrichment (FACE). Functional Plant Biology 29: 945-953

Seneweera SP, O. Ghannoum and Conroy JP (2001) Root and shoot factors contribute to the effect of drought on photosynthesis and growth of the C4 grass Panicum Coloratum at elevated CO2 partial. Australian Journal of Plant Physiology 28:451-460

Aben S. Seneweera S, Ghannoum, O. and Conroy J (1999) Nitrogen requirement for maximum growth and photosynthesis of rice Oryza sativa L. CV Jarrah grown at 36 and 70 Pa CO2. Australian Journal of Plant Physiology 26:759-766

Seneweera S, Ghannoum O, and Conroy JP (1998) High vapour pressure deficits and low soil water availability enhance shoot the response of a C4 grass (Panicum coloratum cv. Bambatsi) to CO2 enrichment. Australian Journal of Plant Physiology 25: 287-292

Seneweera, SP, and Conroy JP (1998) Growth, grain yield and quality of rice (Oryza sativa L. cv. Jarrah) in response to elevated CO2 and phosphorus nutrition. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 43: 1131-1136.

Jitla DS, Rogers GS, Seneweera S, Basra AS, Oldfield RJ and Conroy JP. (1997) Accelerated early growth of rice at elevated CO2: Is it related to development changes in shoot apex? Plant Physiology 115: 15-22.

Seneweera S, Basra AS, Conroy JP and Barlow EWR. (1995) Diurnal regulation of leaf growth in rice by CO2 -Is it related to sucrose phosphate synthase (SPS) activity? Plant Physiology 108: 1471-1477.

Publications in ePrints

Kumarathilaka, Prasanna and Bundschuh, Jochen and Seneweera, Saman and Ok, Yong Sik (2021) An integrated approach of rice hull biochar-alternative water management as a promising tool to decrease inorganic arsenic levels and to sustain essential element contents in rice. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 405:124188. pp. 1-9. ISSN 0304-3894

Kumarathilaka, Prasanna and Seneweera, Saman and Ok, Yong Sik and Meharg, Andrew and Bundschuh, Jochen (2019) Arsenic in cooked rice foods: assessing health risks and mitigation options. Environment International, 127. pp. 584-591. ISSN 0160-4120

Al‐Hadeethi, Ikhlas and Li, Yan and Odhafa, Abdul Kareem H. and Seneweera, Saman and Lam, Shu K. (2019) Assessment of grain quality in terms of functional group response to elevated [CO2], water, and nitrogen using a meta‐analysis: grain protein, zinc, and iron under future climate. Ecology and Evolution, 9 (13). pp. 7425-7437.

Thompson, Michael and Gamage, Dananjali and Ratnasekera, Disna and Perera, Anton and Martin, Anke and Seneweera, Saman (2019) Effect of elevated carbon dioxide on plant biomass and grain protein concentration differs across bread, durum and synthetic hexaploid wheat genotypes. Journal of Cereal Science, 87. pp. 103-110. ISSN 0733-5210

Li, Ping and Hao, Xingyu and Aryal, Mela and Thompson, Michael and Seneweera, Saman (2019) Elevated carbon dioxide and nitrogen supply affect photosynthesis and nitrogen partitioning of two wheat varieties. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 42 (11-12). pp. 1290-1300. ISSN 0190-4167

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