Professor Justin Borevitz

Research School of Biology

Justin Borevitz obtained his PhD in 2002 from the University of California at San Diego with Joanne Chory dissecting the genetic basis of adaptive traits and environmental responce in model plants. He performed postdoctoral research with Joseph Ecker (2002-2004) at the Salk Institute mapping plant functional genomic diversity. From 2004 until 2011 he was an assistant and associate professor in the Departent of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. Research first demonstrated Genome Wide Association Studies in plants and next generation sequencing in emerging crop and foundation species. In 2012, Borevitz moved to ANU and became Professor in 2014. His current work within the Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology is using Landscape Genomics to select the gene variants underlying adaptation to shifting climates and soils for restoration of global crops and woodlands.

Research interests

Land use and carbon drawdown capacity of agriculutre and forestry

Food and Environmental Security

  • Wilson, P, Streich, J, Murray, K et al. 2019, 'Global diversity of the Brachypodium species complex as a resource for genome-wide association studies demonstrated for agronomic traits in response to climate', Genetics (online), vol. 211, no. 1, pp. 317-331.
  • Taghavi Namin, S, Esmaeilzadeh Fereydani, M, Najafi, M et al. 2018, 'Deep phenotyping: Deep learning for temporal phenotype/genotype classification', Plant Methods, vol. 14, no. 66, pp. 1-14pp.
  • Supple, M, Bragg, J, Broadhurst, L et al. 2018, 'Landscape genomic prediction for restoration of a Eucalyptus foundation species under climate change', eLife, vol. 7, pp. e31835(22pp).
  • Hoffmann, A, Griffin, P, Dillon, S et al 2015, 'A framework for incorporating evolutionary genomics into biodiversity conservation and management', Climate Change Responses, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 1-23.
  • Bragg, J, Supple, M, Andrew, R et al 2015, 'Genomic variation across landscapes: Insights and applications', New Phytologist, vol. 207, no. 4, pp. 953-967pp.
  • Rivers, J, Warthmann, N, Pogson, B et al 2015, 'Genomic breeding for food, environment and livelihoods', Food Security, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 375-382.
  • GRABOWSKI, P, Morris, G, Casler, M et al 2014, 'Population genomic variation reveals roles of history, adaptation and ploidy in switchgrass', Molecular Ecology, vol. 23, no. 16, pp. 4059-4073.
  • Brown, T, Cheng, R, Sirault, X et al 2014, 'TraitCapture: genomic and environment modelling of plant phenomic data', Current Opinion in Plant Biology, vol. 18, pp. 73-79.
  • Genetic Variation for Life History Sensitivity to Seasonal Warming in Arabidopsis thaliana.
    Li Y, Cheng R, Spokas KA, Palmer AA, Borevitz JO.
    Genetics. 2014 Feb;196(2):569-77.
  • Eichten , S & Borevitz, J 2013, 'EPIGENOMICS Methylation's mark on inheritance', Nature, vol. 495, no. 7440, pp. 181-182.
  • Horton, M, Hancock, A, Huang, Y et al 2012, 'Genome-wide patterns of genetic variation in worldwide Arabidopsis thaliana accessions from the RegMap panel', Nature Genetics, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 212-216.
  • Glover, J, Reganold, J, Bell, L et al 2010, 'Increased Food and Ecosystem Security via Perennial Grains', Agriculture, vol. 328, no. 5986, pp. 1638-1639.
  • Platt, A, Horton, M, Huang, Y et al 2010, 'The scale of population structure in Arabidopsis thaliana', PLoS Genetics, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. e1000843-e1000843.
  • Li, Y, Huang, Y, Bergelson, J et al 2010, 'Association mapping of local climate-sensitive quantitative trait loci in Arabidopsis thaliana', PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 107, no. 49, pp. 21199-21204.
  • Li Y, Huang Y, Bergelson J, Nordborg M, Borevitz JO. Association mapping of
    local climate-sensitive quantitative trait loci in Arabidopsis thaliana. Proc
    Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Dec 7;107(49):21199-204. Epub 2010 Nov 15. PubMed PMID:
    21078970; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3000268.
  • Brachi, B, Morris, G & Borevitz, J 2011, 'Genome-wide association studies in plants: the missing heritability is in the field', Genome Biology, vol. 12, no. 10, p. 8.