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Associate Professor David J. Burritt

Email: david.burritt@otago.ac.nz
Telephone: +64 3 479 9057

Fields of Research

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  • Oxidative stress and redox biology
  • Plant based foods and bioactive molecules
  • Plant breeding and biotechnology
  • Cryopreservation of germplasm
  • The stress biology of plants, animals and algae, including the impacts of pollution and climate change





Researcher Summary

My research is focused on answering fundamental questions associated with how organisms survive under environmental stress and when exposed to toxins and other pollutants, both increasing global problems.

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Much of my research has applications in the biotechnology, crop, food and biomedical industries.

Selected Research Overviews

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Plant and seaweed bioactives

Plants and seaweeds (macroalgae) contain a wide range of bioactive molecules of potential valuable to the food, wine and pharmaceutical industries.

We are investigating effective ways of extracting these molecules and the ability of bioactive molecules to improve the quality of foods and wine, and to protect human cells from stress-induced damage.


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Plant tissue culture and cryopreservation of plant and animal cells

Plant tissue culture involves a wide range of techniques used to grow plant cells, tissues or organs on a nutrient culture medium under sterile conditions.

We investigate and develop tissue culture techniques that can be used to efficiently clone commercially important plants and to store valuable germplasm at ultra-low temperatures, using a technique called cryopreservation.


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Oxidative stress biology

While oxygen is important for life is can also be harmful. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are small highly reactive molecules formed as a by-product of the normal metabolism of oxygen in cells. However, under conditions of stress, which can be caused by pollutants or adverse environmental conditions, ROS levels can increase past the point that they can be neutralized. Oxidative damage occurs and an organism is said to be under oxidative stress.

We investigate the importance of ROS production and oxidative stress in plants and other organisms exposed to pollutants and a range of other environmental stressors.

Postgraduate students

Tingting (Lily) Lui PhD Food Sci
Nusyanna Cham Pi PhD Botany
Paulo Lagos Jimenez PhD Marine Science
Mi Tang PhD Botany
Amirreza Zarekarizi PhD Botany
Chelsea Kerr MSc Botany (PLBI)
Madeleine Post MSc Botany (PLBI)
Cecila Richardson MSc Marine Science
Yuta Ogawa MSc Botany (PLBI)
Oscar Yip MSc Botany
Jessica Fitzgerald BSc Hons Botany (PLBI)
Joshua Rich PGDP Sci Botany (PLBI)

Research Theme/Centre Involvement

David is involved with the Ag@Otago research theme, and the Otago Global Health Institute

Teaching

BIOL123 Plants: How They Shape the World
BTNY201 Plant Functional Biology and Biotechnology
BTNY461 Plant Physiology and Biotechnology
PLBI301 Applied Plant Science
PLBI302 Plants for the Future
PLBI351 Special Topics
PLBI401 Plant Biotechnology

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Publications

Abdelrahman, M., Jogaiah, S., Burritt, D. J., & Tran, L.-S. P. (2018). Legume genetic resources and transcriptome dynamics under abiotic stress conditions. Plant, Cell & Environment, 41(9), 1972-1983. doi: 10.1111/pce.13123

Abiala, M. A., Abdelrahman, M., Burritt, D. J., & Tran, L.-S. (2018). Salt stress tolerance mechanisms and potential applications of legumes for sustainable reclamation of salt-degraded soils. Land Degradation & Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ldr.3095

Esfahani, M. N., Inoue, K., Chu, H. D., Nguyen, K. H., Ha, C. V., Watanabe, Y., Burritt, D. J., … Tran, L.-S. P. (2017). Comparative transcriptome analysis of nodules of two Mesorhizobium-chickpea associations with differential symbiotic efficiency under phosphate deficiency. Plant Journal, 91(5), 911-926. doi: 10.1111/tpj.13616

Adbelrahman, M., Burritt, D. J., & Tran, L.-S. P. (2018). The use of metabolomic quantitative trait locus mapping and osmotic adjustment traits for the improvement of crop yields under environmental stresses. Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology, 83, 86-94. doi: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2017.06.020

Lister, K. N., Lamare, M. D., & Burritt, D. J. (2017). Maternal antioxidant provisioning mitigates pollutant-induced oxidative damage in embryos of the temperate sea urchin Evechinus chloroticus. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 1954. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-02077-5

Edited Book - Research

Hossain, M. A., Kamiya, T., Burritt, D. J., Phan Tran, L.-S., & Fujiwara, T. (Eds.). (2018). Plant micronutrient use efficiency: Molecular and genomic perspectives in crop plants. London, UK: Academic Press, 302p. doi: 10.1016/C2016-0-03180-7

Hossain, M. A., Mostofa, M. G., Diaz-Vivancos, P., Burritt, D. J., Fujita, M., & Tran, L.-S. P. (Eds.). (2017). Glutathione in plant growth, development, and stress tolerance. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International, 421p. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-66682-2

Hossain, M. A., Kamiya, T., Burritt, D. J., Tran, L.-S. P., & Fujiwara, T. (Eds.). (2017). Plant macronutrient use efficiency: Molecular and genomic perspectives in crop plants. London, UK: Elsevier, 418p.

Hossain, M. A., Munné-Bosch, S., Burritt, D. J., Diaz-Vivancos, P., Fujita, M., & Lorence, A. (Eds.). (2017). Ascorbic acid in plant growth, development and stress tolerance. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 511p. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-74057-7

Hossain, M. A., Wani, S. H., Bhattacharjee, S., Burritt, D. J., & Tran, L.-S. P. (Eds.). (2016). Drought stress tolerance in plants (Vol.1): Physiology and biochemistry. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 526p. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-28899-4

Hossain, M. A., Wani, S. H., Bhattacharjee, S., Burritt, D. J., & Tran, L.-S. P. (Eds.). (2016). Drought stress tolerance in plants (Vol. 2): Molecular and genetic perspectives. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 604p. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-32423-4

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Chapter in Book - Research

Leong, S. Y., Burritt, D. J., & Oey, I. (2018). Utilising pulsed electric fields processing to modify the characteristics of plant-based foods. In G. Smithers (Ed.), Reference module in food science. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100596-5.21347-4

Burritt, D. J. (2018). Crop plant adaption to climate change and extreme environments. In G. Smithers (Ed.), Reference module in food science. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100596-5.22333-0

Sharmin Hoque, T., Burritt, D. J., & Anwar Hossain, M. (2018). The glyoxalase system: A possible target for production of salinity-tolerant crop plants. In V. Kumar, S. Hussain Wani, P. Suprasanna & L.-S. Phan Tran (Eds.), Salinity responses and tolerance in plants, volume 1: Targeting sensory, transport and signaling mechanisms. (pp. 257-281). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-75671-4_10

Gaber, A., Burritt, D. J., & Hossain, M. A. (2017). Transgenic plants over-expressing glutathione biosynthetic genes and abiotic stress tolerance. In M. A. Hossain, M. G. Mostofa, P. Diaz-Vivancos, D. J. Burritt, M. Fujita & L.-S. P. Tran (Eds.), Glutathione in plant growth, development, and stress tolerance. (pp. 397-412). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International.

Kumar, V., Shriram, V., Hoque, T. S., Hasan, M. M., Burritt, D. J., & Hossain, M. A. (2017). Glycinebetaine-mediated abiotic oxidative-stress tolerance in plants: Physiological and biochemical mechanisms. In M. Sarwat, A. Ahmad, M. Z. Abdin & M. M. Ibrahim (Eds.), Stress signaling in plants: Genomics and proteomics perspective (Vol. 2). (pp. 111-133). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-42183-4_5

Leong, S. Y., Liu, T., Oey, I., & Burritt, D. J. (2017). Ascorbic acid in processed plant-based foods. In M. A. Hossain, S. Munné-Bosch, D. J. Burritt, P. Diaz-Vivancos, M. Fujita & A. Lorence (Eds.), Ascorbic acid in plant growth, development and stress tolerance. (pp. 431-469). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-74057-7_17

Uddin, M. N., Hossain, M. A., & Burritt, D. J. (2016). Salinity and drought stress: Similarities and differences in oxidative responses and cellular redox regulation. In P. Ahmad (Ed.), Water stress and crop plants: A sustainable approach (Vol. 1). (pp. 86-101). Oxford, UK: Wiley Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781119054450.ch7

Oey, I., Faridnia, F., Leong, S. Y., Burritt, D. J., & Liu, T. (2016). Determination of pulsed electric fields effects on the structure of potato tubers. In D. Miklavcic (Ed.), Handbook of electroporation. Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-26779-1_151-1

Burritt, D. J., & Lamare, M. D. (2016). The cellular responses of marine algae and invertebrates to ultraviolet radiation, alone and in combination with other common abiotic stressors. In M. Solan & N. M. Whiteley (Eds.), Stressors in the marine environment. (pp. 117-134). Oxford University Press.

Hossain, M. A., Bhattacharjee, S., Chakrabarty, A., Burritt, D. J., & Fujita, M. (2016). Hydrogen peroxide mediated salt stress tolerance in plants: Signalling roles and possible mechanisms. In S. H. Wani & M. A. Hossain (Eds.), Managing salt tolerance in plants: Molecular and genomic perspectives. (pp. 207-221). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Hossain, M. A., Burritt, D. J., & Fujita, M. (2016). Cross-stress tolerance in plants: Molecular mechanisms and possible involvement of reactive oxygen species and methylglyoxal detoxification systems, in abiotic stress response in plants. In N. Tuteja & S. Gill (Eds.), Abiotic stress response in plants. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH. doi: 10.1002/9783527694570.ch16

Hoque, T. S., Hossain, M. A., Mostofa, M. G., Burritt, D. J., & Fujita, M. (2016). Signalling roles of methylglyoxal and the involvement of the glyoxalase system in plant abiotic stress responses and tolerance. In M. M. Azooz & P. Ahmad (Eds.), Plant-environment interaction: Responses and approaches to mitigate stress. (pp. 311-326). Oxford: Wiley Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781119081005.ch17

Hossain, M. A., Burritt, D. J., & Fujita, M. (2016). Proline and glycine betaine modulate cadmium-induced oxidative stress tolerance in plants. In M. M. Azooz & P. Ahmad (Eds.), Plant-environment interaction: Responses and approaches to mitigate stress. (pp. 97-123). Oxford, UK: Wiley Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781119081005.ch6

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Journal - Research Article

Shirazi, Z., Abedini, A., Kordrostami, M., Burritt, D. J., & Hossain, M. A. (2019). Genome-wide identification and characterization of the metal tolerance protein (MTP) family in grape (Vitis vinifera L.). 3 Biotech, 9(5), 199. doi: 10.1007/s13205-019-1728-2

Mathew, L., Burritt, D. J., McLachlan, A., & Pathirana, R. (2019). Combined pre-treatments enhance antioxidant metabolism and improve survival of cryopreserved kiwifruit shoot tips. Plant Cell, Tissue & Organ Culture. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11240-019-01617-3

Zarekarizi, A., Hoffmann, L., & Burritt, D. (2018). Approaches for the sustainable production of fucoxanthin, a xanthophyll with potential health benefits. Journal of Applied Phycology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10811-018-1558-3

Liu, T., Burritt, D. J., Eyres, G. T., & Oey, I. (2018). Pulsed electric field processing reduces the oxalate content of oca (Oxalis tuberosa) tubers while retaining starch grains and the general structural integrity of tubers. Food Chemistry, 245, 890-898. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2017.11.085

Liu, T., Burritt, D. J., & Oey, I. (2018). Understanding the effect of pulsed electric fields on multilayered solid plant foods: Bunching onions (Allium fistulosum) as a model system. Food Research International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.foodres.2018.11.006

Nandakumar, R., Eyres, G. T., Burritt, D. J., Kebede, B., Leus, M., & Oey, I. (2018). Impact of pulsed electric fields on the volatile compounds produced in whole onions (Allium cepa and Allium fistulosum). Foods, 7(11), 183. doi: 10.3390/foods7110183

Mathew, L., McLachlan, A., Jibran, R., Burritt, D. J., & Pathirana, R. (2018). Cold, antioxidant and osmotic pre-treatments maintain the structural integrity of meristematic cells and improve plant regeneration in cryopreserved kiwifruit shoot tips. Protoplasma, 255(4), 1065-1077. doi: 10.1007/s00709-018-1215-3

Abdelrahman, M., El-Sayed, M., Jogaiah, S., Burritt, D. J., & Tran, L.-S. P. (2017). The "STAY-GREEN" trait and phytohormone signaling networks in plants under heat stress [Review]. Plant Cell Reports, 36(7), 1009-1025. doi: 10.1007/s00299-017-2119-y

Lister, K. N., Lamare, M. D., & Burritt, D. J. (2017). Maternal antioxidant provisioning mitigates pollutant-induced oxidative damage in embryos of the temperate sea urchin Evechinus chloroticus. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 1954. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-02077-5

Liu, T., Dodds, E., Leong, S. Y., Eyres, G. T., Burritt, D. J., & Oey, I. (2017). Effect of pulsed electric fields on the structure and frying quality of “kumara” sweet potato tubers. Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies, 39, 197-208. doi: 10.1016/j.ifset.2016.12.010

Esfahani, M. N., Inoue, K., Chu, H. D., Nguyen, K. H., Ha, C. V., Watanabe, Y., Burritt, D. J., … Tran, L.-S. P. (2017). Comparative transcriptome analysis of nodules of two Mesorhizobium-chickpea associations with differential symbiotic efficiency under phosphate deficiency. Plant Journal, 91(5), 911-926. doi: 10.1111/tpj.13616

Leong, S. Y., Burritt, D. J., Hocquel, A., Penberthy, A., & Oey, I. (2017). The relationship between the anthocyanin and vitamin C contents of red-fleshed sweet cherries and the ability of fruit digests to reduce hydrogen peroxide-induced oxidative stress in Caco-2 cells. Food Chemistry, 227, 404-412. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2017.01.110

Leong, S. Y., Burritt, D. J., & Oey, I. (2016). Evaluation of the anthocyanin release and health-promoting properties of Pinot Noir grape juices after pulsed electric fields. Food Chemistry, 196, 833-841. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2015.10.025

Leong, S. Y., Burritt, D. J., & Oey, I. (2016). Effect of combining pulsed electric fields with maceration time on Merlot grapes in protecting Caco-2 cells from oxidative stress. Food & Bioprocess Technology, 9(1), 147-160. doi: 10.1007/s11947-015-1604-y

Burritt, D. J. (2016). Cryopreservation: A means to store plant germplasm in a small space for a long time. Junctures, 17, 51-54.

Hussain, B. M. N., Akram, S., Raffi, S. A., Burritt, D. J., & Hossain, M. A. (2016). Exogenous glutathione improves salinity stress tolerance in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Plant Gene & Trait, 7(11), 1-17. doi: 10.5376/pgt.2016.07.0011

Cubillos, V., Chaparro, O., Segura, C., Montory, J., Cruces, E., & Burritt, D. (2016). Isolation-hypoxia and re-oxygenation of the pallial cavity of female Crepipatella dilatata during estuarine salinity changes requires increased glyoxylase activity and antioxidant metabolism to avoid oxidative damage to female tissues and developing embryos. Marine Environmental Research, 119, 59-71. doi: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2016.05.008

Barratt, B. I. P., Crook, K. E., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Burritt, D. J. (2016). Cyanogenic white clover as a proxy for GM biosafety testing using two New Zealand native insects. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, 59(4), 377-388. doi: 10.1080/00288233.2016.1221835

Hoque, T. S., Hossain, M. A., Mostofa, M. G., Burritt, D. J., Fujita, M., & Tran, L.-S. (2016). Methylglyoxal: An emerging signaling molecule in plant abiotic stress responses and tolerance. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7, 1341. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01341

Lister, K. N., Lamare, M. D., & Burritt, D. J. (2016). Dietary pollutants induce oxidative stress, altering maternal antioxidant provisioning and reproductive output in the temperate sea urchin Evechinus chloroticus. Aquatic Toxicology, 177, 106-115. doi: 10.1016/j.aquatox.2016.05.013

Leong, S. Y., Oey, I., & Burritt, D. J. (2016). Pulsed electric field improves the bioprotective capacity of purées for different coloured carrot cultivars against H2O2-induced oxidative damage. Food Chemistry, 196, 654-664. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2015.09.104

Leong, S. Y., Burritt, D. J., & Oey, I. (2016). Electropriming of wheatgrass seeds using pulsed electric fields enhances antioxidant metabolism and the bioprotective capacity of wheatgrass shoots. Scientific Reports, 6, 25306. doi: 10.1038/srep25306

Gale, S. L., Burritt, D. J., & Adams, S. L. (2016). The role of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid in green-lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus) embryo development: A biochemical and morphological characterization. Aquaculture, 463, 22-27. doi: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2016.05.007

Lister, K. N., Lamare, M. D., & Burritt, D. J. (2015). Pollutant resilience in embryos of the Antarctic sea urchin Sterechinus neumayeri reflects maternal antioxidant status. Aquatic Toxicology, 161, 61-72. doi: 10.1016/j.aquatox.2015.01.031

Roohinejad, S., Oey, I., Wen, J., Lee, S. J., Everett, D. W., & Burritt, D. J. (2015). Formulation of oil-in-water β-carotene microemulsions: Effect of oil type and fatty acid chain length. Food Chemistry, 174, 270-278. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2014.11.056

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Journal - Research Other

Abdelrahman, M., Burritt, D. J., Gupta, A., Tsujimoto, H., & Tran, L.-S. P. (2019). Heat stress effect on source-sink relationships and metabolome dynamics in wheat. Journal of Experimental Botany. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erz296

Kumar Patel, M., Pandey, S., Burritt, D. J., & Phan Tran, L.-S. (2019). Plant responses to low-oxygen stress: Interplay between ROS and NO signaling pathways. Environmental & Experimental Botany, 161, 134-142. doi: 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2019.02.013

Bao, A., Burritt, D. J., Chen, H., Zhou, X., Cao, D., & Tran, L.-S. P. (2019). The CRISPR/Cas9 system and its applications in crop genome editing. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, 39(3), 321-336. doi: 10.1080/07388551.2018.1554621

Abdelrahman, M., Al-Sadi, A. M., Pour-Aboughadareh, A., Burritt, D. J., & Tran, L.-S. P. (2018). Genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9–targeted mutagenesis: An opportunity for yield improvements of crop plants grown under environmental stresses. Plant Physiology & Biochemistry, 131, 31-36. doi: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2018.03.012

Abiala, M. A., Abdelrahman, M., Burritt, D. J., & Tran, L.-S. (2018). Salt stress tolerance mechanisms and potential applications of legumes for sustainable reclamation of salt-degraded soils. Land Degradation & Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ldr.3095

Adbelrahman, M., Burritt, D. J., & Tran, L.-S. P. (2018). The use of metabolomic quantitative trait locus mapping and osmotic adjustment traits for the improvement of crop yields under environmental stresses. Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology, 83, 86-94. doi: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2017.06.020

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