Staff Profile

Senior Lecturer in Plant Biology

Rainer Hofmann

DipSci (Massey), PhD (Massey)

Rainer Hofmann

Contact Details

Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Location FSC 107
Phone +64 3 4230604
Extension 30604

Currently Teaching

Course examiner for:

Also teaching:


Academic and Professional Background

Vice President of the NZ Society of Plant Biologists

Editorial board member of three journals:

  • NZ J. of Agricultural Research
  • Agriculture
  • Agronomy

Reviewer for the United Nations Environmental Panel

BSc Coordinator

Member of Lincoln University

  • Academic Board
  • Academic Administration Committee
  • Science Faculty Teaching Committee

Convener of FYBEC4


Current Research and Publications / Selected Publications

  • Plant responses to environmental stress.
  • Plant metabolomics and role of flavonoids in stress protection.
  • Application of plant physiology and biochemistry in agriculture, viticulture, Rongoa Māori medicinal plants, ecology.

Nichols SN, Hofmann RW, Williams WM (2014). The effect of interspecific hybridisation with Trifolium uniflorum on key white clover characteristics. Field Crops Research: in press.

Nichols SN, Hofmann RW, Williams WM, Crush JR (2014). Nutrient responses and macronutrient composition of some Trifolium repens × Trifolium uniflorum interspecific hybrids. Crop and Pasture Science 65 (5): in press.

Ballizany WL, Hofmann RW, Jahufer MZZ, Barrett BA (2012). Multivariate associations of flavonoid and biomass accumulation in white clover (Trifolium repens) under drought. Functional Plant Biology 39(2): 167-177.

Ballizany WL, Hofmann RW, Jahufer MZZ, Barrett BA (2012). Genotype × environment analysis of flavonoid accumulation and morphology in white clover under contrasting field conditions. Field Crops Research 128: 156–166.

Gregan S, Wargent J, Liu L, Shinkle J, Hofmann RW, Winefield CS, Trought M, Jordan BR (2012). The effects of solar ultraviolet radiation and canopy manipulation on the biochemical composition of Sauvignon blanc grapes. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 18 (2): 227–238.

Hofmann RW, Campbell BD (2012). Leaf-level responses to ultraviolet-B radiation in Trifolium repens populations under defoliation pressure. Environmental and Experimental Botany 78: 64– 69.

Jahufer MZZ, Ford JL, Widdup KH, Harris C, Cousins G, Ayres JF, Lane LA, Hofmann RW, Ballizany WL, Mercer CF, Crush JR, Williams WM, Woodfield DR, Barrett, BA (2012). Improving white clover for Australasia. Crop and Pasture Science 63: 739-745.

Presswood H, Hofmann RW, Savage G (2012). Effects of UV-B radiation on oxalate content of silver beet leaves. Journal of Food Research 1: 1-6.

Hofmann RW, Jahufer MZZ (2011). Tradeoff between biomass and flavonoid accumulation in white clover reflects contrasting plant strategies. PLoS ONE 6(4): e18949.

Hofmann RW, Campbell BD (2011). Response of Trifolium repens to UV-B radiation: morphological links to plant productivity and water availability. Plant Biology 13 (6): 896-901.



Supervision of several PhD and Masters students


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