B.Sc.(hons) M.Sc.(biotech) Ph.D.
Research Fellow

Contact Details

Office 223E, Level 2 John Hines Building (62)
P: +61 (0)7 3346 6206
F: +61 (0)7 3365 3556
E: p.scott@uq.edu.au

Short Biography

Following undergraduate studies in microbiology and biochemistry at the University of Sydney Paul completed a coursework masters degree in biotechnology at the University of New South Wales. Subsequently, he completed a PhD program in the Department of Microbiology, Monash University, Australia. His PhD thesis looked at the development of gene cloning protocols for the human and animal pathogenic bacterium Clostridium perfringens. Immediately after his PhD studies Paul was appointed as a lecturer in microbiology and molecular biology at the Central Queensland University, a position he held from 1992-1999. Nexty, he worked for 2 years as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Bordeaux, France. Since July 2001 Paul has worked as a research fellow at the University of Queensland, firstly with the School of Agronomy and Horticulture (2001-2004) and next with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume Research.

Research Interests

For the last five to six years the major interest has been with the tree legume, Pongamia pinnata, which has emerged as a strong feedstock candidate for biodiesel and aviation fuel production. This plant is a new crop and much of my work is involved in the development and domestication of this legume species using functional genomics, genetic transformation, clonal propagation, agronomic and silviculture approaches.

Publications (since 2001)

1. Kazakoff S, Gresshoff PM, Scott PT (2011) Pongamia pinnata: a feedstock for a sustainable biodiesel industry. In: Energy Crops (eds. Nigel Halford and Angela Karp), pp. 233-258. Royal Society for Chemistry, London, UK

2. Biswas B, Scott PT, Gresshoff PM (2011) Tree legumes as feedstock for sustainable biofuel production: opportunities and challenges. Journal of Plant Physiology 168: 1877-1884

3. Ghali MB, Scott PT, Alhadramai GA, Al Jassim RAM (2011) Identification and characterisation of the predominant lactic acid-producing and lactic acid-utilising bacteria in the foregut of the feral camel (Camelusdromedarius) in Australia. Animal Production Science 51: 597-604

4. Hernandez JD, Scott PT, Shephard RW, Al Jassim RAM (2008) The characterization of lactic acid producing bacteria from the rumen of dairy cattle grazing on improved pasture supplemented with wheat and barley grain. Journal of Applied Microbiology 104: 1754-1763.

5. Scott PT, Pregelj L, Chen N, Hadler JS, Djordjevic MA, Gresshoff PM (2008) Pongamia pinnata: an untapped resource for the biofuels industry of the future. BioEnergy Research 1: 2-11.

6. Wells R, Scott PT, Harrison DK, Wreford NG, Duckett R, Johnston SD, D'Occhio MJ (2008) Expression of FGF2 and TGF? and testis morphology during testicular hypertrophy subsequent to hemicastration in the neonatal boar. Molecular Reproduction and Development 75: 961-966

7. Nontachaiyapoom S, Scott PT, Schenk PM, Men AE, Gresshoff PM (2007) Promoters of orthologous soybean and Lotus japonicus nodulation autoregulation genes interchangeably drive phloem-specific expression in transgenic plants. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 20: 769-780

8. Kenny MK, Galea VJ, Scott PT, Price TV (2006) A comparison of Colletotrichum species associated with berry diseases of Coffea Arabica L. ACIAR Technical Report Series 62: 192-199.

9. Kinkema M, Scott PT, Gresshoff PM (2006) Legume nodulation: successful symbiosis through short and long-distance signalling. Functional Plant Biology 33:707-721.

10. Al Jassim RAM, Scott PT, Krause D, Denman S, McSweeney CS (2005) The diversity of cellulolytic and lactic acid bacteria of the gastro-intestinal tract of the horse. Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition in Australia 15: 155-164.

11. Scott PT, Martin HL, Boreel SM, Wearing AH, Maclean DJ (2005) Molecular characterisation, pathogenesis and fungicide sensitivity of Pythium spp. isolated from table beet (Beta vulgaris var. vulgaris L.) grown in the Lockyer Valley, Queensland, Australia. Australasian Plant Pathology 34: 361-368.

12. Strychar KB, Coates MC, Sammarco PW, Piva TJ, Scott PT (2005) Loss of Symbiodiniumfrom bleached Australian soft coralsSarcophytonehrenbergi, Sinulariasp.andXenia sp. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 320: 159-177.

13. Al Jassim RAM, Scott PT, Trebbin AL, Trott D, Pollitt C (2005) The genetic diversity of lactic acid producing bacteria of the equine gastrointestinal tract. FEMS Microbiology Letters 248: 75-81.

14. Townsend KM, Giang VN, Stephens C, Scott PT, Trott DJ (2005) Application of nox-RFLP for the differentiation of Brachyspira spp. isolated from pigs and poultry in Australia. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 17: 103-109

15. Ghali M, Scott PT, Al Jassim RAM (2004) Characterization of Streptococcus bovis from the rumen of the dromedary camel and Rusa deer. Letters in Applied Microbiology 39: 341-346.

16. Guthrie JN, Walsh KB, Scott PT, Rasmussen TS (2001) The phytopathology of Australian papaya dieback: a proposed role for the phytoplasma. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 58(1): 23-30.

Current Students

Stephen Kazakoff (PhD)
Sharon Samuel (PhD)
Zurianti Idris (honours)
Hei Shin Alice Young (honours)

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