Dr. Helal Ansari

Senior Scientist

E: helal.ansari@agresearch.co.nz


Ph D in Genetics, Uni of Allahabad

M Sc in Zoology, Uni of Allahabd

B Sc, Zool, Bot, Chem, Univ of Allahabd

Research interests & activities

Plant Genomics & breeding

Plant and Animal Molecular Cytogenetics

Chromosomal mapping of plant & animal genes

Chromosomal & genomic profile of plant interspecific hybrids

Chromosomal mapping of transgenes

Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)

Molecular cytogenetics & Conservation of NZ Flora


Hyphal growth of Epichloe endophyte Paper (Fungal Genet Biol. 2008) has been selected for review in the column ‘Editors’ Choice’ in Science 318, 7 Dec 2007, pp 1525

Was awarded a C. Alma Baker Trust travel grant to participate in 7th N. American Colloq. on Dom. Anim. Cytogenet. and Gene Mapping, Philadelphia, July 1991

Was nominated for Howard-Hughes Medical Foundation Award (USA), 1992


Williams, WM, Ellison, NW, Ansari, HA, Verry, IM, Hussain, SW (2012) Experimental evidence for the ancestry of allotetraploid Trifolium repens and creation of synthetic forms with value for plant breeding. BMC Plant Biology 12:55.

Williams W.M., Verry I., Ansari H.A., Hussain S.W., Ullah I., Williamson M.L., Ellison N.W. (2011). Eco-geographically divergent diploids, Caucasian clover (Trifolium ambiguum) and western clover (T. occidentale) retain most requirements for hybridization. Annals of Botany 108:1269-1277.

Ansari H.A., Ellison N.W., Williams W.M. (2008). Molecular and cytogenetic evidence for an allotetraploid origin of Trifolium dubium (Leguminosae). Chromosoma 117:159-167.