EMEBIRI, Livinus

Cereal Geneticist

Research interests

  • Cereal Genetics (Wheat and Barley)
  • Germplasm Development for risk management and rotation
  • Developing new tools for molecular breeding


Dr Emebiri joined the Industry & Investment NSW in 2009. Before then he was a Senior Research Scientist with the Biosciences Research Division, Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, and based at Horsham, where he conducted pre-breeding research in molecular genetics of barley (malting) and wheat, with the main focus on improving grain yield and quality.

Over the years, Dr Emebiri’s research has elucidated a large part of the genetic basis for complex traits, including grain protein concentration of two-rowed malting barley, and developed an alternative approach to yield improvement, based on manipulation of grain protein genes, which resulted in yields up to 53% over current farming practices, while maintaining protein levels within malting specifications.

Current research activities include gene prospecting of wheat wild relatives and landraces, such as the synthetic hexaploid wheat, understanding the role of heat shock proteins and potential for stabilizing production and quality under heat stress; cereal germplasm development for risk management of climate conditions and rotations.


  • B.Agric - University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
  • M.Phil (Plant breeding) - Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
  • Ph.D (Forest Genetics) - Australian National University, Canberra

Current projects

  • Stabilising Wheat Production and Quality under heat stress
  • Genetic potential for acrylamide mitigation in processed wheat products from Australian grains

Recent publications

Emebiri LC (2009) EST-SSR markers derived from an elite barley cultivar (Hordeum vulgare L. ‘Morex’): polymorphism and genetic marker potential. Genome. 52: 665-676.

Emebiri L, Michael P, Moody DB, Ogbonnaya FC, Black C (2009) Pyramiding QTLs to improve malting quality in barley: gains in phenotype and genetic diversity. Molecular Breeding. 23: 219-228.

Emebiri LC, Michael P, Moody DB (2009) Enhanced tolerance to boron toxicity in two-rowed barley by marker-assisted introgression of favourable alleles derived from Sahara 3771. Plant and Soil. 314: 77-85.

Emebiri LC, Moody DB, Black C, van Ginkel M and Hernandez E (2007) Improvements in malting barley grain yield by manipulation of genes influencing grain protein content. Euphytica 156: 185-194.

Ye G, Moody D, Emebiri L, van Ginkel M (2007) Designing an optimal marker-based pedigree selection strategy for parent building in barley in the presence of repulsion linkage, using computer simulation. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 58: 243-251.

Emebiri LC, Moody DB (2006) Heritable Basis for Some Genotype-Environment Stability Statistics: Inferences from QTL Analysis of Heading Date in Two-Rowed Barley. Field Crops Research 96: 243-251.

Emebiri LC, Platz G, Moody DB (2005) Disease resistance genes in a doubled haploid population of two-rowed barley segregating for malting quality attributes. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 56: 49-56.

Emebiri LC, Moody DB, Matassa V (2005) GENSTAT programs for performing Muir's alternative partitioning of genotype-by-environment interaction. Journal of Heredity 96: 78-79.

Emebiri LC, Moody DB, Horsley R, Panozzo J and Read BJ (2005) The genetic control of grain protein content variation in a doubled haploid population derived from a cross between Australian and North American two-rowed barley lines. Journal of Cereal Science 41: 107-114.

Emebiri LC, Moody DB (2004) Potential of low-protein genotypes for nitrogen management in malting barley production. Journal of Agricultural Science (Cambridge) 142: 319-325.

Emebiri LC, Moody DB, Panozzo JF, Read BJ (2004) Mapping of QTL for malting quality attributes in barley based on a cross of parents with low grain protein concentration. Field Crops Research 87: 195-205.

Emebiri LC and DB Moody (2004) Molecular marker validation and physiological determinants of QTL effect on grain protein concentration of two-rowed barley. Czech Journal of Genetics & Plant Breeding, volume 40, pp. 43.

Emebiri LC, D. Moody, J. Panozzo, K. Chalmers, J. Kretschmer, G. Ablett (2003) Identification of QTLs associated with variations in grain protein concentration in two-row barley. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 54: 1211-1221.

Cakir M, Gupta S, Platz GJ, Ablett GA, Loughman R, Emebiri L, Poulsen D, Li CD, Lance RCM, Galwey NW, Jones MGK, Appels R (2003) Mapping and validation of the genes for resistance to Pyrenophora teres f. teres in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 54: 1369-1377.

Glaubitz JC, Emebiri LC and Moran GF (2001) Dinucleotide microsatellites from Eucalyptus sieberi: Inheritance, diversity and improved scoring of single-base differences. Genome 44: 1041-1045.

Emebiri LC, Devey ME, Matheson AC & Slee MU (1998) Age-related changes in the expression of QTLs for growth in radiata pine seedlings. Theoretical & Applied Genetics 97: 1053-1061.

Emebiri LC, Devey ME, Matheson AC & Slee MU (1998) Interval mapping of quantitative trait loci affecting NESTUR, a stem growth efficiency index of radiata pine seedlings. Theoretical & Applied Genetics 97: 1062-1068.

Emebiri LC, Devey ME, Matheson AC & Slee MU (1997) Linkage of RAPD markers to NESTUR, a stem growth index in radiata pine seedlings. Theoretical & Applied Genetics 95: 119-124.

Emebiri LC and MI Nwufo (1996) Occurrence and detection of early sex-related differences in Telfaria occidentalis. Sexual Plant Reproduction 9: 140-144.

Professional associations and activities

  • EH Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Fields of research

  • 060412 Quantitative Genetics (incl. Disease and Trait Mapping Genetics)
  • 060408 Genomics
  • 070305 Crop and Pasture Improvement (Selection and Breeding)
  • 070303 Crop and Pasture Biochemistry and Physiology

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Contact details

Email: livinus.emebiri@dpi.nsw.gov.au