Rosy Raman, Research Scientist

Research interests

  • Identifying genetic variation for agronomically important traits for crop improvement
  • Studying the genetics of these traits
  • Developing trait-marker associations


Dr Raman has a BSc (Medical Science) from Khalsa College, Ludhiana and an MSc (Plant Genetics) from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India.

She completed a PhD (Plant Breeding) from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India, in 1995 and submitted her dissertation on the ‘Induction of genetic variability through somatic cell culture in rice’.

She joined NSW Agriculture* at Wagga Wagga in 1997 and undertook research on the development and validation of molecular markers in barley.

Later on Dr Raman joined the wheat molecular marker research team and identified a suite of molecular markers associated with polyphenol oxidase enzyme that is involved in darkening of wheat products and resistance to septoria tritici blotch in wheat.

She has also identified quantitative trait loci associated with various quality attributes in wheat under the project “Wheat extensibility genes” funded by the BioFirst initiative of NSW Government. These markers have been utilised in various wheat improvements programs of Australia.

During last 10 years, Dr Raman has published over 13 papers in journals of national and international repute.

Currently, she is working on the Project: “Development of molecular markers for Australian Canola breeding” funded by GRDC.

*The NSW Department of Primary Industries and its former agencies, NSW Agriculture, NSW Fisheries, State Forests of NSW and the NSW Department of Mineral Resources became a part of Industry & Investment NSW on July 1, 2009.


  • BSc, Punjab Agricultural University, India, 1987
  • Masters (Plant Genetics), Punjab Agricultural University, India, 1990
  • PhD (Plant Breeding), Punjab Agricultural University, India, 1999

Current projects

  • National Brassica Germplasm Improvement Program - Phase II Project

Recent publications

Dalton-Morgan J, Hayward A, Alamery S, Tollenaere R, Mason A, Campbell E, Patel D, Lorenc M, Yi B, Long Y, Meng J, Raman R, Raman H, Lawley C, Edwards D & Batley J 2014, ‘A high-throughput SNP array in the amphidiploid species Brassica napus shows diversity in resistance genes’, Funct Integr Genomics, vol. 14, issue 4, pp. 643–655; doi: 10.1007/s10142-014-0391-2.

Raman H, Raman R, Kilian A, Detering F,  Carling J, Coombes N, Diffey S, Kadkol G, Edwards D, McCully M, Ruperao P, Parkin IAP,  Batley J, Luckett DJ & Wratten N 2014b, ‘Genome-Wide Delineation of Natural Variation for Pod Shatter Resistance in Brassica napus’, PLoS ONE 9(7): e101673. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0101673.

Raman, R, Taylor, B, Lindbeck, K, Coombes, N, Barbulescu, D, Salisbury, P, Raman, H 2012, ‘Molecular mapping and validation of Rlm1 gene for resistance to Leptosphaeria maculans in canola (Brassica napus L.)’, Crop and Pasture Science, vol. 63, no. 10, pp. 1007–1017.

Raman, R, Taylor, B, Marcroft, S, Stiller, J, Eckermann, P, Coombes, N, Rehman, A, Lindbeck, K, Luckett, D, Wratten, N, Batley, J, Edwards, D, Wang, X & Raman, H 2012, ‘Molecular mapping of qualitative and quantitative loci for resistance to Leptosphaeria maculans causing blackleg disease in canola (Brassica napus L.)’, Theor Appl Genet, vol. 125, no. 2, pp. 405–418.

Tollenaere, R, Hayward, A, Dalton-Morgan, J, Campbell, E, Lee, J, Lorenc, MT, Manoli, S, Stiller, J, Raman, R, Raman, H, Edwards, D & Batley, J 2012, ‘Identification and characterization of candidate Rlm4 blackleg resistance genes in Brassica napus using next-generation sequencing’, Plant Biotechnol J, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 709–715.

Professional associations and activities

  • Adjunct Lecturer, Graham Centre, Wagga Wagga

Contact details

Email: rosy.raman@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Location: Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute, Wagga Wagga