Dr Bettina Berger

Bettina Berger
Scientific Director - The Plant Accelerator
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

After a degree in biotechnology and a PhD in molecular biology of plants, I used a two-year fellowship to focus on the emerging field of plant phenomics. I joined the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics in 2008, where I used non-destructive imaging to study the effects of salinity on barley.

When The Plant Accelerator opened in 2010, I joined the team as Senior Scientist and became Scientific Director in 2015. The Plant Accelerator is one of the nodes of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) funded under the National Collaborative Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and provides critical infrastructure and services to the plant science community in Australia and abroad. In my roles, I have set up novel screening techniques to study plant growth and performance using automated, non-destructive imaging. I have engaged with researchers at all stages of their career, from the public sector and industry. Users of The Plant Accelerator include Australian researchers, as well as overseas customers from Europe, North America and Saudi Arabia, and I enjoy the possibility of hosting visiting students and scientists and train them in modern phenotyping approaches. I have managed large scale phenotyping projects looking at various aspects of crop performance, including early vigour, salinity tolerance and nutrient use efficiency.

While my basic research has focused on salinity tolerance, I am equally passionate about developing novel phenotyping approaches to support plant scientists in answering their research questions. Working together with customers and learning from each other to achieve the best possible outcome for their research project has been my biggest motivation.

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Dr Bettina Berger

After a degree in biotechnology and a PhD in molecular biology of plants, I used a two-year fellowship to focus on the emerging field of plant phenomics. I joined the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics in 2008, where I used non-destructive imaging to study the effects of salinity on barley.

When The Plant Accelerator opened in 2010, I joined the team as Senior Scientist and became Scientific Director in 2015. The Plant Accelerator is one of the nodes of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) funded under the National Collaborative Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and provides critical infrastructure and services to the plant science community in Australia and abroad. In my roles, I have set up novel screening techniques to study plant growth and performance using automated, non-destructive imaging. I have engaged with researchers at all stages of their career, from the public sector and industry. Users of The Plant Accelerator include Australian researchers, as well as overseas customers from Europe, North America and Saudi Arabia, and I enjoy the possibility of hosting visiting students and scientists and train them in modern phenotyping approaches. I have managed large scale phenotyping projects looking at various aspects of crop performance, including early vigour, salinity tolerance and nutrient use efficiency.

While my basic research has focused on salinity tolerance, I am equally passionate about developing novel phenotyping approaches to support plant scientists in answering their research questions. Working together with customers and learning from each other to achieve the best possible outcome for their research project has been my biggest motivation.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2015 Scientific Director The University of Adelaide
2010 - 2015 Senior Scientist The University of Adelaide
2008 - 2010 Feodor-Lynen Research Fellow ACPFG, University of Adelaide
2007 - 2008 Research Assistant University of Cologne

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
French Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
German Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2003 - 2007 International Max-Planck Research School, Cologne Germany PhD in Plant Science
2000 - 2003 Ecole Superieure de Biotechnology, Strasbourg France Master in Biotechnology
1998 - 2000 Eberhardt-Karls University, Tuebingen Germany Undergraduate Diploma in Biology

Research Interests

Agricultural Biotechnology, Plant Physiology

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Tilbrook, J., Schilling, R., Berger, B., Garcia, A., Trittermann, C., Coventry, S. ... Roy, S. (2017). Variation in shoot tolerance mechanisms not related to ion toxicity in barley. Functional Plant Biology, 44, 12, 1194-1206.
10.1071/FP17049
2017 Atieno, J., Li, Y., Langridge, P., Dowling, K., Brien, C., Berger, B. ... Sutton, T. (2017). Exploring genetic variation for salinity tolerance in chickpea using image-based phenotyping. Scientific Reports, 7, 1, -.
10.1038/s41598-017-01211-7
2017 Campbell, M., Du, Q., Liu, K., Brien, C., Berger, B., Zhang, C. & Walia, H. (2017). A comprehensive image-based phenomic analysis reveals the complex genetic architecture of shoot growth dynamics in rice (Oryza sativa). Plant Genome, 10, 2, 1-14.
10.3835/plantgenome2016.07.0064
2017 Qiongyan, L., Cai, J., Berger, B., Okamoto, M. & Miklavcic, S. (2017). Detecting spikes of wheat plants using neural networks with Laws texture energy. Plant Methods, 13, 1, -.
10.1186/s13007-017-0231-1
2017 Meng, R., Saade, S., Kurtek, S., Berger, B., Brien, C., Pillen, K. ... Sun, Y. (2017). Growth curve registration for evaluating salinity tolerance in barley. Plant Methods, 13, 1, 1-9.
10.1186/s13007-017-0165-7
2016 Al-Tamimi, N., Brien, C., Oakey, H., Berger, B., Saade, S., Ho, Y. ... Negrão, S. (2016). Salinity tolerance loci revealed in rice using high-throughput non-invasive phenotyping. Nature Communications, 7, 13342-1-13342-11.
10.1038/ncomms13342
2015 Schmöckel, S., Garcia, A., Berger, B., Tester, M., Webb, A. & Roy, S. (2015). Different NaCl-induced calcium signatures in the arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes Col-0 and C24. G. Pandey (Ed.). PLoS One, 10, 2, e0117564-1-e0117564-9.
10.1371/journal.pone.0117564
2015 Neilson, E., Edwards, A., Blomstedt, C., Berger, B., Møller, B. & Gleadow, R. (2015). Utilization of a high-throughput shoot imaging system to examine the dynamic phenotypic responses of a C₄ cereal crop plant to nitrogen and water deficiency over time. Journal of Experimental Botany, 66, 7, 1817-1832.
10.1093/jxb/eru526
2015 Takahashi, F., Tilbrook, J., Trittermann, C., Berger, B., Roy, S., Seki, M. ... Tester, M. (2015). Comparison of leaf sheath transcriptome profiles with physiological traits of bread wheat cultivars under salinity stress. G. Yang (Ed.). PLoS One, 10, 8, e0133322-1-e0133322-23.
10.1371/journal.pone.0133322
2015 Campbell, M., Knecht, A., Berger, B., Brien, C., Wang, D. & Walia, H. (2015). Integrating image-based phenomics and association analysis to dissect the genetic architecture of temporal salinity responses in rice. Plant Physiology, 168, 4, 1476-1489.
10.1104/pp.15.00450
2015 Parent, B., Shahinnia, F., Maphosa, L., Berger, B., Rabie, H., Chalmers, K. ... Fleury, D. (2015). Combining field performance with controlled environment plant imaging to identify the genetic control of growth and transpiration underlying yield response to water-deficit stress in wheat. Journal of Experimental Botany, 66, 18, 5481-5492.
10.1093/jxb/erv320
2014 Honsdorf, N., March, T., Berger, B., Tester, M. & Pillen, K. (2014). High-throughput phenotyping to detect drought tolerance QTL in wild barley introgression lines. T. Zhang (Ed.). PLoS One, 9, 5, e97047-1-e97047-13.
10.1371/journal.pone.0097047
2014 Frerigmann, H., Berger, B. & Gigolashvili, T. (2014). bHLH05 is an interaction partner of MYB51 and a novel regulator of glucosinolate biosynthesis in arabidopsis. Plant Physiology, 166, 1, 349-369.
10.1104/pp.114.240887
2014 Schilling, R., Marschner, P., Shavrukov, Y., Berger, B., Tester, M., Roy, S. & Plett, D. (2014). Expression of the Arabidopsis vacuolar H⁺-pyrophosphatase gene (AVP1) improves the shoot biomass of transgenic barley and increases grain yield in a saline field. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 12, 3, 378-386.
10.1111/pbi.12145
2014 Hairmansis, A., Berger, B., Tester, M. & Roy, S. (2014). Image-based phenotyping for non-destructive screening of different salinity tolerance traits in rice. Rice, 7, 1, 16-1-16-10.
10.1186/s12284-014-0016-3
2013 Hayes, J., Pallotta, M., Baumann, U., Berger, B., Langridge, P. & Sutton, T. (2013). Germanium as a tool to dissect boron toxicity effects in barley and wheat. Functional Plant Biology, 40, 6, 618-627.
10.1071/FP12329
2013 Brien, C., Berger, B., Rabie, H. & Tester, M. (2013). Accounting for variation in designing greenhouse experiments with special reference to greenhouses containing plants on conveyor systems. Plant Methods, 9, 1, 1-22.
10.1186/1746-4811-9-5
2011 golzarian, M., Frick, R., Rajendran, K., Berger, B., Roy, S., Tester, M. & Lun, D. (2011). Accurate inference of shoot biomass from high-throughput images of cereal plants. Plant Methods, 7, 2, 1-11.
10.1186/1746-4811-7-2
2010 Berger, B., Parent, B. & Tester, M. (2010). High-throughput shoot imaging to study drought responses. Journal of Experimental Botany, 61, 13, 3519-3528.
10.1093/jxb/erq201
2009 Gigolashvili, T., Berger, B. & Flugge, U. (2009). Specific and coordinated control of indolic and aliphatic glucosinolate biosynthesis by R2R3-MYB transcription factors in Arabidopsis thaliana. Phytochemistry Reviews: fundamentals and perspectives of natural products research, 8, 1, 3-13.
10.1007/s11101-008-9112-6
2008 Roy, S., Gilliham, M., Berger, B., Essah, P., Cheffings, C., Miller, A. ... Tester, M. (2008). Investigating glutamate receptor-like gene co-expression in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell and Environment, 31, 6, 861-871.
10.1111/j.1365-3040.2008.01801.x
2007 Gigolashvili, T., Berger, B., Mock, H., Muller, C., Weisshaar, B. & Flugge, U. (2007). The transcription factor HIG1/MYB51 regulates indolic glucosinolate biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Journal, 50, 5, 886-901.
10.1111/j.1365-313X.2007.03099.x
2007 Berger, B., Stracke, R., Yatusevich, R., Weisshaar, B., Flugge, U. & Gigolashvili, T. (2007). A simplified method for the analysis of transcription factor-promoter interactions that allows high-throughput data generation. Plant Journal, 50, 5, 911-916.
10.1111/j.1365-313X.2007.03088.x
2007 Gigolashvili, T., Yatusevich, R., Berger, B., Muller, C. & Flugge, U. (2007). The R2R3-MYB transcription factor HAG1/MYB28 is a regulator of methionine-derived glucosinolate biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Journal, 51, 2, 247-261.
10.1111/j.1365-313X.2007.03133.x

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2013 Berger, B., de Regt, B. & Tester, M. (2013). Applications of high-throughput plant phenotyping to study nutrient use efficiency. In F. Maathuis (Ed.), Plant mineral nutrients: methods in molecular biology (pp. 277-290). Online: Humana Press.
10.1007/978-1-62703-152-3_18
2012 Berger, B., de Regt, S. & Tester, M. (2012). Trait dissection of salinity tolerance with plant phenomics. In S. Shabala & T. Cuin (Eds.), Plant Salt Tolerance: Methods and Protocols (pp. 399-413). USA: Humana Press.
10.1007/978-1-61779-986-0_27
2012 Berger, B., de Regt, S. & Tester, M. (2012). High-throughput phenotyping of plant shoots. In J. Normanly (Ed.), High-Throughput Phenotyping in Plants: Methods and Protocols (pp. 9-20). USA: Springer.
10.1007/978-1-61779-995-2_2
2010 Plett, D., Berger, B. & Tester, M. (2010). Genetic determinants of salinity tolerance in crop plants. In M. Jenks & A. Wood (Eds.), Genes for Plant Abiotic Stress (pp. 83-111). USA: Blackwell Publishers Inc.
10.1002/9780813809380
2009 Plett, D., Berger, B. & Tester, M. (2009). Genetic Determinants of Salinity Tolerance in Crop Plants. In Genes for Plant Abiotic Stress (pp. 81-111).
10.1002/9780813809380.ch4

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2015 Ward, B., Bastian, J., Van Den Hengel, A., Pooley, D., Bari, R., Berger, B. & Tester, M. (2015). A model-based approach to recovering the structure of a plant from images. 13th European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV). L. Agapito, M. Bronstein & C. Rother (Eds.) Zurich, SWITZERLAND.
10.1007/978-3-319-16220-1_16
2014 Qiongyan, L., Cai, J., Berger, B. & Miklavcic, S. (2014). Study on spike detection of cereal plants. 2014 13th International Conference on Control Automation Robotics & Vision (ICARCV 2014). Singapore, Singapore.
10.1109/ICARCV.2014.7064309

Conference Items

Year Citation
2016 Konate, M., Wilkinson, M. J., Scott, E., Mayne, B., Berger, B. & Rodriguez Lopez, C. M. (2016). Tissue specificity of salinity stress induced DNA methylation markers in barley (Hordeum vulgare). ComBio 2016. Brisbane.

Offices Held

Date Office Name Institution Country
2015 - ongoing Chair - Expert Working Group - Wheat Phenotyping to Support Wheat Improvement Wheat Initative
Position
Scientific Director - The Plant Accelerator
Phone
83130825
Fax
8313 0828
Campus
Waite
Building
Plant Accelerator Building
Room Number
1 37
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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