Dr Lambert Brau

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Head Of School (Development & International)

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science, Univ. of Western Australia, 1995
Doctor of Philosophy, Univ. of Western Australia, 2001

Contact

lambert.brau@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 925 17055

Biography

Dr Lambert Bräu completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Western Australia and his PhD was in the field of exercise biochemistry and physiology. He moved to Murdoch University in 1998 as a postdoctoral research fellow in the area of Ruminant Microbiology with the Rumen Biotech Research Group, developing rumen bacteria able to protect cattle from poisoning by fluoro acetate, a powerful toxin present in many native Australian plants.
In 2001 he joined the Centre for Rhizobium Studies (CRS- Murdoch University) and worked as postdoc in the area of nitrogen fixing bacteria, bacterial genomics and bioinformatics before taking a lecturing position at the School of Biology and Biotechnology. His research focus remained in rhizobia, nitrogen fixation and bacterial genomics and he also set up the Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) group in the CRS. Since moving to Deakin University in 2012 , he has continued his research focus on PGPRs, nitrogen fixation, soil microbiology and plant microbe interactions to improve crop production and reduce fertilizer inputs in farming systems.

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Units taught

SLE234 Microbiology

Projects

1. Development of beneficial microbes for increased crop production is Australian farming systems - major collaborations with Flinders University, Murdoch University, SARDI (South Australian Research and Development Institute and CSIRO – funded by a major GRDC grant (GRDC Beneficial Microbes Programme: 2013-2017)

2. Improved delivery technologies for agriculturally important microbes – TERI (New Delhi), New Edge Microbials Pty Ltd (NSW) and Prof Colin Barrow (Deakin University)

3. Elucidating the genetic circuits and signalling involved in the plant-microbe interactions that lead to plant growth promotion and/or pathogen suppression. This is the focus of his basic research and will not only continue to generate high impact publications but inform the targets for the applied research outlined above.

4. Rhizobial structural and functional genomic via major genome sequencing initiative to sequence 100 root nodule bacteria: “Assessing the Genetic and Functional diversity of Root Nodule Bacteria (RNB) through systematic Biogeographic survey” - Collaboration with the US Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute and Dr Wayne, Reeve Murdoch University.

Publications

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2017

Peroxide reduction by a metal-dependent catalase in Nostoc punctiforme (cyanobacteria)

L Hudek, A Torriero, A Michalczyk, B Neilan, M Ackland, L Bräu

(2017), Vol. 101, pp. 3781-3800, Applied microbiology and biotechnology, Berlin, Germany, C1

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Relevance of taking into account the fine scale soil variability to assess the effects of agricultural inputs on soil characteristics and soil microbial communities: a case study of biochar application in a rubber plantation in North East Thailand

M Le Guen, L Herrmann, H Robain, W Wiriyakitnateekul, T de Oliveira, A Robin, P Srimawong, L Brau, D Lesueur

(2017), Vol. 305, pp. 21-29, Geoderma, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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2016

High colonization by native arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) of rubber trees in small-holder plantations on low fertility soils in North East Thailand

L Herrmann, L Brau, A Robin, H Robain, W Wiriyakitnateekul, D Lesueur

(2016), Vol. 62, pp. 1041-1048, Archives of agronomy and soil science, London, Eng., C1

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Potential for agricultural production on disturbed soils mined for apatite using legumes and beneficial microbe

R Swift, L Parkinson, T Edwards, R Carr, J McComb, G O"Hara, G Hardy, L Brau, J Howieson

(2016), pp. 1-21, Soil, Gottingen, Germany, C1

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The production and potential of biofertilizers to improve crop yields

D Lesueur, R Deaker, L Herrmann, L Brau, J Jansa

(2016), pp. 71-92, Bioformulations: for sustainable agriculture, Berlin, Germany, B1

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Diversity of root-associated arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in a rubber tree plantation chronosequence in Northeast Thailand

L Herrmann, D Lesueur, L Brau, J Davison, T Jairus, H Robain, A Robin, M Vasar, W Wiriyakitnateekul, M Öpik

(2016), Vol. 26, pp. 863-877, Mycorrhiza, Berlin, Germany, C1

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Role of phosphate transport system component pstB1 in phosphate internalization by Nostoc punctiforme

L Hudek, D Premachandra, W Webster, L Bräu

(2016), Vol. 82, pp. 6344-6356, Applied and environmental microbiology, Washington, D.C., C1

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Bacterial modes of action for enhancing of plant growth

D Premachandra, L Hudek, L Brau

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 1-8, Journal of biotechnology & biomaterials, Los Angeles, Calif., C1

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2015

Characterization of two cation diffusion facilitators NpunF0707 and NpunF1794 in Nostoc punctiforme

L Hudek, L Pearson, A Michalczyk, L Brau, B Neilan, M Ackland

(2015), Vol. 119, pp. 1357-1370, Journal of applied microbiology, Weinheim, Germany, C1

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The ZntA-like NpunR4017 plays a key role in maintaining homeostatic levels of zinc in Nostoc punctiforme

L Hudek, L Brau, A Michalczyk, B Neilan, J Meeks, M Ackland

(2015), Vol. 99, pp. 10559-10574, Applied microbiology and biotechnology, New York, N.Y., C1

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Microbial quality of commercial inoculants to increase BNF and nutrient use efficiency

L Herrmann, M Atieno, L Brau, D Lesueur

(2015), pp. 1031-1040, Biological nitrogen fixation, Hoboken, N.J., B1

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2014

Overcoming non-selective nodulation of Lessertia by soil-borne rhizobium in the presence of inoculant mesorhizobium

M Gerding, G O'Hara, J Howieson, L Brau

(2014), Vol. 380, pp. 117-132, Plant and soil, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

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Genome sequence of the acid-tolerant Burkholderia sp. strain WSM2232 from Karijini National Park, Australia

R Walker, E Watkin, R Tian, L Brau, G O'Hara, L Goodwin, J Han, T Reddy, M Huntemann, A Pati, T Woyke, K Mavromatis, V Markowitz, N Ivanova, N Kyrpides, W Reeve

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1168-1180, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1

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Genome sequence of the Lotus spp. microsymbiont Mesorhizobium loti strain R7A

S Kelly, J Sullivan, C Ronson, R Tian, L Brau, C Munk, L Goodwin, C Han, T Woyke, T Reddy, M Huntemann, A Pati, K Mavromatis, V Markowitz, N Ivanova, N Kyrpides, W Reeve

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-7, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1

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Genome sequence of the Lotus spp. microsymbiont Mesorhizobium loti strain NZP2037

S Kelly, J Sullivan, C Ronson, R Tian, L Brau, K Davenport, H Daligault, T Erkkila, L Goodwin, W Gu, C Munk, H Teshima, Y Xu, P Chain, T Woyke, K Liolios, A Pati, K Mavromatis, V Markowitz, N Ivanova, N Kyrpides, W Reeve

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-8, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1

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Genome sequence of the dark pink pigmented Listia bainesii microsymbiont Methylobacterium sp. WSM2598

J Ardley, R Tian, J Howieson, R Yates, L Brau, J Han, E Lobos, M Huntemann, A Chen, K Mavromatis, V Markowitz, N Ivanova, A Pati, L Goodwin, T Woyke, N Kyrpides, W Reeve

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-9, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1

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Genome sequence of Ensifer medicae Di28; an effective N2-fixing microsymbiont of Medicago murex and M. Polymorpha

G Garau, J Terpolilli, Y Hill, R Tian, J Howieson, L Brau, L Goodwin, J Han, T Reddy, M Huntemann, A Pati, T Woyke, K Mavromatis, V Markowitz, N Ivanova, N Kyrpides, W Reeve

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-8, Standards in genomic sciences, London, Eng., C1

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Genome sequence of the Lotus corniculatus microsymbiont Mesorhizobium loti strain R88B

W Reeve, J Sullivan, C Ronson, R Tian, L Brau, K Davenport, L Goodwin, P Chain, T Woyke, E Lobos, M Huntemann, A Pati, K Mavromatis, V Markowitz, N Ivanova, N Kyrpides

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-8, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1

journal
2013

Establishment and survival of the South African legume Lessertia spp. and rhizobia in Western Australian agricultural systems

M Gerding, J Howieson, G O'Hara, D Real, L Brau

(2013), Vol. 370, pp. 235-249, Plant and soil, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Genome sequence of the clover-nodulating Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii strain SRDI565

W Reeve, E Drew, R Ballard, V Melino, R Tian, M De, L Brau, M Ninawi, H Teshima, L Goodwin, P Chain, K Liolios, A Pati, K Mavromatis, N Ivanova, V Markowitz, T Woyke, N Kyrpides

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 220-231, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1

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Genome sequence of the clover-nodulating Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii strain SRDI943

W Reeve, E Drew, R Ballard, V Melino, R Tian, M De, L Brau, M Ninawi, H Daligault, K Davenport, T Erkkila, L Goodwin, W Gu, C Munk, H Teshima, Y Xu, P Chain, N Kyrpides

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 232-242, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1

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Genome sequence of Ensifer sp. TW10, a Tephrosia wallichii (Biyani) microsymbiont native to the Indian Thar Desert

N Tak, H Gehlot, M Kaushik, S Choudhary, R Tiwari, R Tian, Y Hill, L Brau, L Goodwin, J Han, K Liolios, M Huntemann, K Palaniappan, A Pati, K Mavromatis, N Ivanova, V Markowitz, T Woyke, N Kyrpides, W Reeve

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 304-314, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1

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Genome sequence of Ensifer medicae strain WSM1369, an effective microsymbiont of the annual legume Medicago sphaerocarpos

J Terpolilli, G Garau, Y Hill, R Tian, J Howieson, L Brau, L Goodwin, J Han, K Liolios, M Huntemann, A Pati, T Woyke, K Mavromatis, V Markowitz, N Ivanova, N Kyrpides, W Reeve

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 420-430, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1

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Genome sequence of Ensifer medicae strain WSM1115, an acid-tolerant Medicago-nodulating microsymbiont from Samothraki, Greece

W Reeve, R Ballard, J Howieson, E Drew, R Tian, L Brau, C Munk, K Davenport, P Chain, L Goodwin, I Pagani, M Huntemann, K Mavrommatis, A Pati, V Markowitz, N Ivanova, T Woyke, N Kyrpides

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 514-526, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1

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Genome sequence of Ensifer arboris strain LMG 14919T, a microsymbiont of the legume Prosopis chilensis growing in Kosti, Sudan

W Reeve, R Tian, L Brau, L Goodwin, C Munk, C Detter, R Tapia, C Han, K Liolios, M Huntemann, A Pati, T Woyke, K Mavrommatis, V Markowitz, N Ivanova, N Kyrpides, A Willems

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 473-483, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1

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Genome sequence of Ensifer meliloti strain WSM1022, a highly effective microsymbiont of the model legume Medicago truncatula A17

J Terpolilli, Y Hill, R Tian, J Howieson, L Brau, L Goodwin, J Han, K Liolios, M Huntemann, A Pati, T Woyke, K Mavromatis, V Markowitz, N Ivanova, N Kyrpides, W Reeve

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 315-324, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1

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Genome sequence of the acid-tolerant Burkholderia sp. strain WSM2230 from Karijini National Park, Australia

R Walker, E Watkin, R Tian, L Brau, G O'Hara, L Goodwin, J Han, E Lobos, M Huntemann, A Pati, T Woyke, K Mavormatis, V Markowitz, N Ivanova, N Kyrpides, W Reeve

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 551-561, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1

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Genome sequence of Burkholderia mimosarum strain LMG 23256T, a mimosa pigra microsymbiont from Anso, Taiwan

A Willems, R Tian, L Brau, L Goodwin, J Han, K Liolios, M Huntemann, A Pati, T Woyke, K Mavrommatis, V Markowitz, N Ivanova, N Kyrpides, W Reeve

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 484-494, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1

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Genome sequence of the Medicago-nodulating Ensifer meliloti commercial inoculant strain RRI128

W Reeve, R Ballard, E Drew, R Tian, L Brau, L Goodwin, M Huntemann, J Han, R Tatiparthi, A Chen, K Mavrommatis, V Markowitz, K Palaniappan, N Ivanova, A Pati, T Woyke, N Kyrpides

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 602-613, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Michigan, C1

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2012

Diverse Mesorhizobium spp. with unique nodA nodulating the South African legume species of the genus Lessertia

M Gerding, G O'Hara, L Bräu, K Nandasena, J Howieson

(2012), Vol. 358, pp. 385-401, Plant and soil, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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2011

Enhanced nodulation and symbiotic effectiveness of Medicago truncatula when co-inoculated with Pseudomonas fluorescens WSM3457 and Ensifer (Sinorhizobium) medicae WSM419

S Fox, G O'Hara, L Brau

(2011), Vol. 348, pp. 245-254, Plant and soil, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1-1

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2010

Complete genome sequence of the Medicago microsymbiont Ensifer (Sinorhizobium) medicae strain WSM419

W Reeve, P Chain, G O'Hara, J Ardley, K Nandesena, L Brau, R Tiwari, S Malfatti, H Kiss, A Lapidus, A Copeland, M Nolan, M Land, L Hauser, Y Chang, N Ivanova, K Mavromatis, V Markowitz, N Kyrpides, M Gollagher, R Yates, M Dilworth, J Howieson

(2010), Vol. 2, pp. 77-86, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1-1

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Complete genome sequence of Rhizobium leguminosarum bv trifolii strain WSM2304, an effective microsymbiont of the South American clover Trifolium polymorphum

W Reeve, G O'Hara, P Chain, J Ardley, L Brau, K Nandesena, R Tiwari, S Malfatti, H Kiss, A Lapidus, A Copeland, M Nolan, M Land, N Ivanova, K Mavromatis, V Markowitz, N Kyrpides, V Melino, M Denton, R Yates, J Howieson

(2010), Vol. 2, pp. 66-76, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1-1

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Complete genome sequence of rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii strain WSM1325, an effective microsymbiont of annual Mediterranean clovers

W Reeve, G O'Hara, P Chain, J Ardley, L Brau, K Nandesena, R Tiwari, A Copeland, M Nolan, C Han, T Brettin, M Land, G Ovchinikova, N Ivanova, K Mavromatis, V Markowitz, N Kyrpides, V Melino, M Denton, R Yates, J Howieson

(2010), Vol. 2, pp. 347-356, Standards in genomic sciences, East Lansing, Mich., C1-1

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2008

Fiber-specific responses of muscle glycogen repletion in fasted rats physically active during recovery from high-intensity physical exertion

G Raja, L Brau, T Palmer, P Fournier

(2008), Vol. 295, American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology, Bethesda, MD, C1-1

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Host-strain mediated selection for an effective nitrogen-fixing symbiosis between Trifolium spp. and Rhizobium leguminosarum biovar trifolii

R Yates, J Howieson, W Reeve, L Brau, J Speijers, K Nandasena, D Real, E Sezmis, G O'Hara

(2008), Vol. 40, pp. 822-833, Soil biology and biochemistry, Oxford , U. K., C1-1

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Enhanced early nodulation of medicago truncatula co-inoculated with sinorhizobium medicae and achromobacter xylosoxidans

S Fox, G O'Hara, L Brau, J Howieson, W Reeve

(2008), pp. 61-62, Biological nitrogen fixation : towards poverty alleviation through sustainable agriculture, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1-1

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New look at old root-nodule bacteria : molecular techniques uncover novel isolates

J Ardley, R Yates, K Nandasena, W Reeve, I Law, L Bräu, G O?Hara, J Howieson

(2008), pp. 283-284, Biological nitrogen fixation : towards poverty alleviation through sustainable agriculture : Proceedings of the 15th International Nitrogen Fixation Congress and the 12th International Conference of the African Association for Biological Nitrogen Fixation, Dortrecht, The Netherlands, B1-1

chapter
2007

Lotononis angolensis forms nitrogen fixing, lupinoid nodules with phylogenetically unique, fast-growing, pink-pigmented bacteria, which do not nodulate L. bainesii or L. listii

R Yates, J Howieson, W Reeve, K Nandasena, I Law, L Brau, J Ardley, H Nistelberger, D Real, G O'Hara

(2007), Vol. 39, pp. 1680-1688, Soil biology and biochemistry, Oxford , U. K., C1-1

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2006

The sinorhizobium medicae WSM419 lpiA gene is transcriptionally activated by FsrR and required to enhance survival in lethal acid conditions

W Reeve, L Brau, J Castelli, G Garau, C Sohlenkamp, O Geiger, M Dilworth, A Glenn, J Howieson, R Tiwari

(2006), Vol. 152, pp. 3049-3059, Microbiology, Spencers Wood, United Kingdom, C1-1

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2005

The symbiotic requirements of different medicago spp. Suggest the evolution of sinorhizobium meliloti and S. medicae with hosts differentially adapted to soil pH

G Garau, W Reeve, L Brau, P Deiana, R Yates, D James, R Tiwari, G O'Hara, J Howieson

(2005), Vol. 276, pp. 263-277, Plant and soil, Dordrecht , Netherlands, C1-1

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2004

Post-exercise muscle glycogen repletion in the extreme : effect of food absence and active recovery

P Fournier, T Fairchild, L Ferreira, L Brau

(2004), Vol. 3, pp. 139-146, Journal of sports science and medicine, Bursa, Turkey, C1-1

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2003

Repeated bouts of high-intensity exercise and muscle glycogen sparing in the rat

G Raja, L Brau, T Palmer, P Fournier

(2003), Vol. 206, pp. 2159-2166, Journal of experimental biology, Cambridge, England, C1-1

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Family of shuttle vectors for ruminal bacteroides

C Wong, A Klieve, B Hamdorf, D Schafer, L Brau, S Seet, K Gregg

(2003), Vol. 5, pp. 123-132, Journal of molecular microbiology and biotechnology, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1

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2002

Glycogen resynthesis in the absence of food ingestion during recovery from moderate or high intensity physical activity : novel insights from rat and human studies

P Fournier, L Brau, L Ferreira, T Fairchild, G Raja, A James, T Palmer

(2002), Vol. 133, pp. 755-763, Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A : molecular and integrative physiology, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

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2001

Effect of streptozotocin-induced diabetes on glycogen resynthesis in fasted rats post-high-intensity exercise

L Ferreira, L Brau, S Nikolovski, G Raja, T Palmer, P Fournier

(2001), Vol. 280, American journal of physiology - endocrinology and metabolism, Bethesda, Md., C1-1

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1999

Glycogen repletion following burst activity : a carbohydrate-sparing mechanism in animals adapted to arid environments?

L Brau, S Nikolovski, T Palmer, P Fournier

(1999), Vol. 284, pp. 271-275, Journal of experimental zoology, Hoboken, N. J., C1-1

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1997

Regulation of glycogen synthase and phosphorylase during recovery from high-intensity exercise in the rat

L Brau, L Ferreira, S Nikolovski, G Raja, T Palmer, P Fournier

(1997), Vol. 322, pp. 303-308, Biochemical journal, London, England, C1-1

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Grants

Australian Competitive Grants

Beneficial Microbes Program - Progressing new microbial products for Australian Grain production

Dr Lambert Brau

Murdoch University - Grains Research and Development Corporation

  • 2012: $18,181

Beneficial Microbes Program 2 - progressing new microbial products for Australian grain production to commercialisation

Dr Lambert Brau

GRDC Grant - Research - Grains Research and Development Corporation

  • 2016: $98,844
  • 2015: $98,815
  • 2014: $94,457

Microbial encapsulation in carbon nanotubes - a step change innovation in delivering agriculturally important micro-organisms

Dr Lambert Brau, Prof Colin Barrow

GRDC Grant - Research - Grains Research and Development Corporation

  • 2016: $26,398
  • 2014: $105,967

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2017

Rita Choudhary

Thesis entitled: Integration of biologicals and value added nano-materials in seed treatment: Aiming for sustainable agriculture

Doctor of Philosophy (Biol & Chem), Institute for Frontier Materials