Ting Xiang Neik

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Ting Xiang (Tina) is from Malaysia. She graduated from Monash University Sunway Campus and University of Malaya with B.Sc (Biotechnology) and M. Biotechnology degrees. Before joining UWA as a PhD student, she did lecturing work at tertiary level, and was also involved in a weedy rice project. Her hobbies are reading and enjoying nature.

Research Interests

Genomics, crop evolution, plant-pathogen interaction

Current Projects

Genome-wide polymorphism between resistant and susceptible B. napus cultivars towards blackleg pathogen, L. maculans

Brassica napus (canola/oilseed rape) is one of the most highly valued food crops in the world. However, this important crop is affected by blackleg disease, which has potential yield loss of up to 90% in some Australian canola growing regions. Blackleg disease is caused by Leptosphaeria maculans, which is host specific to Brassica crops. Although several single dominant resistance genes against L. maculans (Rlm genes) have been genetically mapped through QTL analysis in B. napus, it remains unknown if these genes are different genes or allelic variants. Tina's project aims to resolve this situation. Her study will define the basis for characterising the single dominant gene(s) involved in the B. napus-L. maculans interaction, a critical step towards producing new varieties of B. napus with more effective resistance against the blackleg pathogen.


1. Sudianto, E., Song, B.K., Neik, T.X., Saldain, N.E., Scott, R.C., & Burgos, N.R. (2013). Clearfield® rice: Its development, success, and key challenges on a global perspective. Crop Protection, 49, 40-51

2. Sudianto, E., Neik, T.X., Tam, S.M., Chuah, T.S., Idris, A. A., Olsen, K.M., Song, B.K (2013). Morphology of Malaysian weedy rice (Oryza sativa): diversity, origin and implications for weed management. Weed Science, 64, 501-512

3. Neik, T.X., Olsen, K.M., Song, B.K. (2014). Genetic analysis and population structure of Sabah weedy rice (In preparation: to be submitted to Weed Research, impact factor 2.0).

4. Neik, T.X., Barbetti, M. J., Batley, J. (2016). Identification of pathogen resistance genes in Brassica napus: Current status and challenges (In preparation)

5. Ting Xiang Neik, Martin J. Barbetti, and Jacqueline Batley. (2017). Current Status and Challenges in Identifying Disease Resistance Genes in Brassica napus. Front Plant Sci. 2017; 8: 1788.

Conference proceedings including poster/oral presentation

1. Song, B.K., Sudianto, E., Neik, T. X., Olsen, K. M. (2013). Malaysian weedy rice shows its true stripes. Plant and Animal Genome XXI Conference, P0717. San Diego, CA, USA, January 12-16.

2. Chen, S., Hayward, A., Hmon, K. P. W., Dey, S. S., Inturrisi, F. C., Dolatabadian, A., Neik, T. X., Yang, H., Nelson, M. N., Turner, N. C., Siddique, K. H. M., Cowling, W. A., Batley, J. (2016). Genome-wide association analyses provide genomic insights into natural variation in heat tolerance of Brassica rapa, paper presented at the Brassica 2016 Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 3-6 Oct 2016.

3. Neik, T.X., Barbetti, M. J., Edwards, D., Batley, J. (2016). Identification of candidate resistance gene towards Leptosphaeria maculans in Brassica napus. Brassica 2016 Conference, P023, Melbourne, Australia, 3-6 Oct 2016.

4. Fabian C. Inturrisi, Soodeh Tirnaz, Philipp E. Bayer, Ting Xiang Neik, Hua Yang1,2, Aria Dolatabadian, Fangning Zhang, Anita Severn-Ellis, Dhwani A. Patel, Aneeta Pradhan, HueyTyng Lee, David Edwards and Jacqueline Batley. Genome-Wide Analysis of NBS-LRR Genes in the Brassicaceae and Applications for Breeding. PAG XXVI. 2018.

5. Ting Xiang Neik, Martin J. Barbetti, Philipp E. Bayer, Chon-Kit Kenneth Chan, Anita Severn-Ellis, David Edwards and Jacqueline Batley. Comparative Genome Analysis of Blackleg Resistant and Susceptible Genes in Brassica napus using Whole Genome ReSequencing. PAG XXVI. 2018.

Contact Details

Ting Xiang Neik (Tina)

Room 1.122, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

The University of Western Australia

Crawley, WA 6009, Perth, Australia

Email: ting.neik@research.uwa.edu.au

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