Shanice Van Haeften

Research interest

Improving the physiology and genetics of crops to increase their resilience to a changing climate.

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My research project

  • Description
  • Objectives
  • Outcomes

Gain a deeper understanding of the genetic controls of mungbean reproductive and canopy development to identify potential combinations of traits that could be deployed in future varieties to improve the productivity and reliability of mungbean.

  • Dissect the genetics of canopy and reproductive development and yield component traits of a mungbean NAM population;
  • Develop UAV phenotyping methodology for mungbean research and breeding applications

The identification of promising trait combinations will guide the breeding of high yielding mungbean varieties with synchronous canopy and reproductive development to support more reliable and profitable production.

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About Shanice Van Haeften

Country of origin and languages

My origin: Australia
Languages I speak: English

  • Bachelor of Science [Honours], Queensland University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Business, Queensland University of Queensland
  • Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend
  • Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Research Scholarship
  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) travel scholarship
Research advisors

Assoc. Prof. Lee Hickey
Dr Millicent Smith
Mr Colin Douglas
Dr Kai Voss-Fels
Dr Andries Potgieter

I enjoy being a part of developing solutions that can make an impact on improving global food security.
Shanice Van Haeften
PhD Student


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Kang, Y., Van Haeften, S., Bustos-Korts, D., Vukasovic, S., Khan, S. U., Christopher, J., … & Hickey, L. T. (2021). Physiological and genetic drivers underpinning canopy development are associated with durum wheat yield in rainfed environments. bioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/2021.08.21.457180

Milic, A., Addison-Smith, B., Van Haeften, S., & Davies, J. M. (2021). Analysis of quality control outcomes of grass pollen identification and enumeration: experience matters. Aerobiologia, 1-12. doi: 10.1007/s10453-021-09723-6

Van Haeften, S., Milic, A., Addison‐Smith, B., Butcher, C., & Davies, J. M. (2021). Grass Gazers: Using citizen science as a tool to facilitate practical and online science learning for secondary school students during the COVID‐19 lockdown. Ecology and evolution, 11(8), 3488-3500. doi: 10.1002/ece3.6948

Damialis, A., Gilles, S., Sofiev, M., Sofieva, V., Kolek, F., Bayr, D., Van Haeften, S., … & Covid-19/Pollen Study Group. (2021). Higher airborne pollen concentrations correlated with increased SARS-CoV-2 infection rates, as evidenced from 31 countries across the globe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(12). doi: 10.1073/pnas.2019034118