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Associate Professor Christopher Ford

Christopher Ford
Interim Head of School
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

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Associate Professor Christopher Ford

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.

Over the past 10 years we have been working largely in the following area: 

  • Developing an understanding of organic acid metabolism in plants. Within my laboratory, and in collaboration with Dr John Bruning (School of Biological Sciences) and Assoc. Prof. Kathleen Soole (The Flinders University of South Australia) we are investigating the mechanisms by which developing grape berries metabolise ascorbic, tartaric and malic acids. To achieve this we are using a range of biochemical, molecular and metabolic approaches in whole berries and cell suspension systems.

I have had past reseach engagement with the characterisation of glucosyltransferase enzymes (GTases) involved in plant secondary metabolism. I started working in this area in 1995 when a post-doc with Prof. Peter Hoj; we identified and characterised the anthocyanidin Gtase from grapevines. In 2006, Prof. Gideon Davies at The University of York and his group successfully resolved the three-dimensional structure of this enzyme - the outcome of a huge amount of work over the previous three years. In 2014 I began co-supervising PhD student Lieke van der Hulst (principal supervisor Kerry Wilkinson) on a project to examine GTs associated with the formation of glycosides in grapes affected by smoking.

We have also undertaken research aimed at unravelling the outcomes of extended maceration (EM) in the production of red wines. During red wine production, the period of contact between berry skins and juice, must or wine may be extended beyond the normal periods to provide additional properties to the finished wine. We hope to both understand the processes and be in a position to advise the wine industry on strategies for achieving desired wine outcomes.

    Current CMF Lab members:

    Jenny Bellon - PhD student (based at AWRI)

     

    Hui Hui Chong - PhD student (based at EJ Gallo Winery, Modesto, CA)

    Lieke van der Hulst (co-supervised with Kerry Wilkinson)

     

    Past PhD students: Louise Robinson; Seth DeBolt; Susan Wheeler; Lin Lin Low, Iraj Tavassolian, Venetia Joscelyne, Vicky Harris, Vanessa Melino, Erminawati Wuriatmo, Alana Capaldo, Crystal Sweetman, Crista Burbidge, Cyd Yonker, Martin Mendez, Tony Ogbeide, Amy Koschella, Darren Wong, Yong Jia, Emily Higginson.

    Past Honours students: Madeleine Griffith; Belinda Sinclair; Christobelle Anderson; Guy Lyons; Sam Gavan; Sam Hambour; Kelly Wellington, Katie Grieve, Greg Lane, Sid Pachare, Craig Turnbull, Yue Cue.

    Past Masters students - Mario Mazza; Jayendra Patel; Chandra Rongala, Steve Hicks.

    Past post-docs: Matt Hayes, Crystal Sweetman.

     

     

    Journals

    Year Citation
    2018 Andi, S., Gholami, M., & Ford, C. (2018). The effect of methyl jasmonate and light irradiation treatments on the stilbenoid biosynthetic pathway in Vitis vinifera cell suspension cultures. Natural Product Research, 32(8), 909-917.
    DOI
    2017 Eftekhari, M., Yadollahi, A., Ford, C., Shojaeiyan, A., Ayyari, M., & Hokmabadi, H. (2017). Chemodiversity evaluation of grape (Vitis vinifera) vegetative parts during
    summer and early fall. Industrial Crops & Products, 108, 267-277.

    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2016 Higginson, E., Lloyd, N., Kravchuk, O., Ford, C., & Thomas, M. (2016). A high-throughput UHPLC MS/MS method for evaluation of tartaric and malic acid concentration in individual grapevine berries. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 22(1), 16-23.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS2
    2016 Drew, D., Andersen, T., Sweetman, C., Møller, B., Ford, C., & Simonsen, H. (2016). Two key polymorphisms in a newly discovered allele of the Vitis vinifera TPS24 gene are responsible for the production of the rotundone precursor α-guaiene. Journal of Experimental Botany, 67(3), 799-808.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS14 Europe PMC3
    2015 Ogbeide, O., Ford, C., & Stringer, R. (2015). The environmental benefits of organic wine: exploring consumer willingness-to-pay premiums?. Journal of Food Products Marketing, 21(5), 482-502.
    DOI Scopus1
    2015 Jia, Y., Wong, D., Sweetman, C., Bruning, J., & Ford, C. (2015). New insights into the evolutionary history of plant sorbitol dehydrogenase. BMC Plant Biology, 15(1), 101-1-101-23.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC2
    2015 Rinaldo, A., Cavallini, E., Jia, Y., Moss, S., McDavid, D., Hooper, L., . . . Walker, A. (2015). A grapevine anthocyanin acyltransferase, transcriptionally regulated by VvMYBA, can produce most acylated anthocyanins present in grape skins. Plant Physiology, 169(3), 1897-1916.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS20 Europe PMC15
    2014 Sweetman, C., Sadras, V., Hancock, R., Soole, K., & Ford, C. (2014). Metabolic effects of elevated temperature on organic acid degradation in ripening Vitis vinifera fruit. Journal of Experimental Botany, 65(20), 5975-5988.
    DOI Scopus35 WoS35 Europe PMC11
    2014 Wong, D., Sweetman, C., & Ford, C. (2014). Annotation of gene function in citrus using gene expression information and co-expression networks. BMC Plant Biology, 14(1), 186-1-186-17.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS15 Europe PMC13
    2014 Wuryatmo, E., Able, A., Ford, C., & Scott, E. (2014). Effect of volatile citral on the development of blue mould, green mould and sour rot on navel orange. Australasian Plant Pathology, 43(4), 403-411.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS9
    2014 Mendez-Costabel, M., Wilkinson, K., Bastian, S., Jordans, C., McCarthy, M., Ford, C., & Dokoozlian, N. (2014). Effect of winter rainfall on yield components and fruit green aromas of Vitis vinifera L. cv. Merlot in California. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 20(1), 100-110.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS8
    2014 Mendez-Costabel, M., Wilkinson, K., Bastian, S., Jordans, C., McCarthy, M., Ford, C., & Dokoozlian, K. (2014). Effect of increased irrigation and additional nitrogen fertilisation on the concentration of green aroma compounds in Vitis vinifera L. Merlot fruit and wine. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 20(1), 80-90.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS10
    2014 Ogbeide, O., Stringer, R., & Ford, C. (2014). Are Australian wine consumers willing to pay for the expert service of wine retailers?. Journal of Wine Research, 25(3), 189-208.
    DOI Scopus3
    2013 Wong, D., Sweetman, C., Drew, D., & Ford, C. (2013). VTCdb: a gene co-expression database for the crop species Vitis vinifera (grapevine). BMC Genomics, 14(1), 1-17.
    DOI Scopus30 WoS22 Europe PMC26
    2013 Mendez Costabel, M., Wilkinson, K., Bastian, S., McCarthy, M., Ford, C., & Dokoozlian, N. (2013). Seasonal and regional variation of green aroma compounds in commercial vineyards of vitis vinifera L. Merlot in California. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 64(4), 430-436.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS11
    2012 Sweetman, C., Wong, D., Ford, C., & Drew, D. (2012). Transcriptome analysis at four developmental stages of grape berry (Vitis vinifera cv. Shiraz) provides insights into regulated and coordinated gene expression. BMC Genomics, 12(691), 1-25.
    DOI Scopus84 WoS72 Europe PMC48
    2011 Capaldo, A., Walker, M., Ford, C., & Jiranek, V. (2011). β-Glucoside metabolism in Oenococcus oeni: cloning and characterization of the phospho-β-glucosidase CelD. Journal of Molecular Catalysis B-Enzymatic, 69(1-2), 27-34.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS4
    2011 Melino, V., Hayes, M., Soole, K., & Ford, C. (2011). The role of light in the regulation of ascorbate metabolism during berry development in the cultivated grapevine Vitis vinifera L.. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 91(9), 1712-1721.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS6 Europe PMC1
    2011 Capaldo, A., Walker, M., Ford, C., & Jiranek, V. (2011). β-Glucoside metabolism in Oenococcus oeni: Cloning and characterisation of the phospho-β-glucosidase bglD. Food Chemistry, 125(2), 476-482.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS12
    2010 Tavassolian, I., Rabiei, G., Gregory, D., Mnejja, M., Wirthensohn, M., Hunt, P., . . . Wu, S. (2010). Construction of an almond linkage map in an Australian population Nonpareil x Lauranne. BMC Genomics, 11(1), 1-8.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS17 Europe PMC10
    2010 Harris, V., Jiranek, V., Ford, C., & Grbin, P. (2010). Inhibitory effect of hydroxycinnamic acids on Dekkera spp.. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 86(2), 721-729.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS19 Europe PMC12
    2009 Sweetman, C., Deluc, L., Cramer, G., Ford, C., & Soole, K. (2009). Regulation of malate metabolism in grape berry and other developing fruits. Phytochemistry, 70(11-12), 1329-1344.
    DOI Scopus156 WoS144 Europe PMC88
    2009 Wheeler, S., Loveys, B., Ford, C., & Davies, C. (2009). The relationship between the expression of abscisic acid biosynthesis genes, accumulation of abscisic acid and the promotion of Vitis vinifera L. berry ripening by abscisic acid. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 15(3), 195-204.
    DOI Scopus126 WoS113
    2009 Melino, V., Soole, K., & Ford, C. (2009). A method for determination of fruit-derived ascorbic, tartaric, oxalic and malic acids, and its application to the study of ascorbic acid catabolism in grapevines. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 15(3), 293-302.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS13
    2009 Wu, S., Tavassolian, I., Rabiei, G., Hunt, P., Wirthensohn, M., Gibson, J., . . . Sedgley, M. (2009). Mapping SNP-anchored genes using high-resolution melting analysis in almond. Molecular Genetics and Genomics, 282(3), 273-281.
    DOI Scopus27 WoS26 Europe PMC14
    2009 Harris, V., Ford, C., Jiranek, V., & Grbin, P. (2009). Survey of enzyme activity responsible for phenolic off-flavour production by Dekkera and Brettanomyces yeast. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 81(6), 1117-1127.
    DOI Scopus32 WoS29 Europe PMC15
    2009 Melino, V., Soole, K., & Ford, C. (2009). Ascorbate metabolism and the developmental demand for tartaric and oxalic acids in ripening grape berries. BMC Plant Biology, 9(1), 1-14.
    DOI Scopus43 WoS34 Europe PMC24
    2008 Wirthensohn, M., Chin, W., Franks, T., Baldock, G., Ford, C., & Sedgley, M. (2008). Characterising the flavour phenotypes of almond (Prunus dulcis Mill.) kernels. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, 83(4), 462-468.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS12
    2008 De Bolt, S., Ristic, R., Iland, P., & Ford, C. (2008). Altered light interception reduces grape berry weight and modulates organic acid biosynthesis during development. Hortscience, 43(3), 957-961.
    Scopus17 WoS11
    2008 Low, L., O'Neill, B., Ford, C., Godden, J., Gishen, M., & Colby, C. (2008). Economic evaluation of alternative technologies for tartrate stabilisation of wines. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 43(7), 1202-1216.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS7
    2008 Franks, T., Yadollahi, A., Wirthensohn, M., Guerin, J., Kaiser, B., Sedgley, M., & Ford, C. (2008). A seed coat cyanohydrin glucosyltransferase is associated with bitterness in almond (Prunus dulcis) kernels. Functional Plant Biology, 35(3), 236-246.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS18
    2008 Harris, V., Ford, C., Jiranek, V., & Grbin, P. (2008). Dekkera and Brettanomyces growth and utilisation of hydroxycinnamic acids in synthetic media. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 78(6), 997-1006.
    DOI Scopus32 WoS31 Europe PMC11
    2008 Franks, T., Yadollahi, A., Wirthensohn, M., Guerin, J., Kaiser, B., Sedgley, M., & Ford, C. (2008). A seed coat cyanohydrin glucosyltransferase is associated with bitterness in almond (Prunus dulcis) kernels (Functional Plant Biology 35, 3, (236-246)). Functional Plant Biology, 35(4), 346.
    DOI WoS1
    2007 Robinson, L., Healy, P., Stewart, D., Eglinton, J., Ford, C., & Evans, D. (2007). The identification of a barley haze active protein that influences beer haze stability: The genetic basis of a barley malt haze active protein. Journal of Cereal Science, 45(3), 335-342.
    DOI Scopus26 WoS23
    2007 de Souza, E., Pedrosa, F., Wassem, R., Ford, C., & Yates, M. (2007). Genes involved in Sec-independent membrane targeting of hydrogenase in Azotobacter chroococcum. Research in Microbiology, 158(3), 272-278.
    DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
    2007 DeBolt, S., Melino, V., & Ford, C. (2007). Ascorbate as a biosynthetic precursor in plants. Annals of Botany, 99(1), 3-8.
    DOI Scopus77 Europe PMC39
    2006 DeBolt, S., Melino, V., & Ford, C. (2006). Developments in our understanding of how grapes make tartaric acid. Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker, 511, 57-58.
    2006 Joscelyne, V., & Ford, C. (2006). The outcomes of extended maceration in red winemaking - winemakers' perspectives. Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker, 509a, 50-54.
    2006 Franks, T., Powell, K., Choimes, S., Marsh, E., Iocco, P., Sinclair, B., . . . Van Heeswijck, R. (2006). Consequences of transferring three sorghum genes for secondary metabolite (cyanogenic glucoside) biosynthesis to grapevine hairy roots. Transgenic Research, 15(2), 181-195.
    DOI Scopus26 Europe PMC7
    2006 Offen, W., Martinez-Fleites, C., Yang, M., Kiat-Lim, E., Davis, B., Tarling, C., . . . Davies, G. (2006). Structure of a flavonoid glucosyltransferase reveals the basis for plant natural product modification. EMBO Journal, 25(6), 1396-1405.
    DOI Scopus253 WoS240 Europe PMC142
    2006 DeBolt, S., Cook, D., & Ford, C. (2006). L-Tartaric acid synthesis from vitamin C in higher plants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 103(14), 5608-5613.
    DOI Scopus88 Europe PMC38
    2005 Ford, C., Bastian, S., Bowyer, P., Grbin, P., Jiranek, V., Jones, G., & Tyerman, S. (2005). Winemaking takes a turn for the better at the University of Adelaide. Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker, 498, 86.
    2005 Mookerjee, S., Guerin, J., Collins, G., Ford, C., & Sedgley, M. (2005). Paternity analysis using microsatellite markers to identify pollen donors in an olive grove. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 111(6), 1174-1182.
    DOI Scopus48 Europe PMC17
    2005 Mazza, M., & Ford, C. (2005). Unravelling the outcomes of extended maceration in red winemaking. Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker, 497a, 56-61.
    2004 DeBolt, S., Hardie, J., Tyerman, S., & Ford, C. (2004). Composition and synthesis of raphide crystals and druse crystals in berries of Vitis vinifera L. cv. Cabernet Sauvignon: Ascorbic acid as precursor for both oxalic and tartaric acids as revealed by radiolabelling studies. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 10(2), 135-142.
    DOI Scopus37 WoS26
    2004 Ford, C. (2004). Pallet education - wine packaging and quality management. Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Journal, 19(2), 66-68.
    2003 El-Kereamy, A., Chervin, C., Roustan, J. P., Cheynier, V., Souquet, J. M., Moutounet, M., . . . Bouzayen, M. (2003). Exogenous ethylene stimulates the long-term expression of genes related to anthocyanin biosynthesis in grape berries. Physiologia Plantarum, 119(2), 175-182.
    DOI Scopus137
    2002 El-Kereamy, A., Chervin, C., Souquet, J. M., Moutounet, M., Monje, M. C., Nepveu, F., . . . Roustan, J. P. (2002). Ethanol triggers grape gene expression leading to anthocyanin accumulation during berry ripening. Plant Science, 163(3), 449-454.
    DOI Scopus30
    2000 Haselgrove, L., Botting, D., Van Heeswijck, R., Hoj, P., Dry, P., Ford, C., & Iland, P. (2000). Canopy microclimate and berry composition: The effect of bunch exposure on the phenolic composition of Vitis vinifera L cv. shiraz grape berries. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 6(2), 141-149.
    DOI Scopus208
    1998 Ford, C., Paltridge, N., Rathjen, J., Moritz, R., Simpson, R., & Symons, R. (1998). Rapid and informative assays for Yd2, the barley yellow dwarf virus resistance gene, based on the nucleotide sequence of a closely linked gene. Molecular Breeding, 4(1), 23-31.
    DOI Scopus42
    1998 Ford, C., Boss, P., & Hoj, P. (1998). Cloning and characterization of vitis vinifera UDP-glucose: Flavonoid 3-O-glucosyltransferase, a homologue of the enzyme encoded by the maize bronze-1 locus that may primarily serve to glucosylate anthocyanidins in vivo. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 273(15), 9224-9233.
    DOI Scopus174 Europe PMC84
    1998 Ford, C., & Hoj, P. (1998). Multiple glucosyltransferase activities in the grapevine Vitis vinifera L. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 4(2), 48-58.
    DOI Scopus18
    1996 Collins, N., Paltridge, N., Ford, C., & Symons, R. (1996). The Yd2 gene for barley yellow dwarf virus resistance maps close to the centromere on the long arm of barley chromosome 3. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 92(7), 858-864.
    DOI Scopus42 WoS36 Europe PMC10
    1990 Ford, C., Garg, N., Garg, R., Tibelius, K., Yates, M., Arp, D., & Seefeldt, L. (1990). The identification, characterization, sequencing and mutagenesis of the genes (hupSL) encoding the small and large subunits of the H<inf>2</inf>‐uptake hydrogenase of Azotobacter chroococcum. Molecular Microbiology, 4(6), 999-1008.
    DOI Scopus33 Europe PMC27

    Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2012 Ford, C. (2012). The biochemistry of organic acids in the grape. In H. Gerós, M. Chaves, & S. Delrot (Eds.), The Biochemistry of the Grape Berry (pp. 67-88). Bentham Science Publishers.
    DOI Scopus10
    2002 King, B., Paltridge, N., Collins, N., Ford, C., Li, R., Symons, R., & Langridge, P. (2002). A map-based approach towards cloning the Yd2 resistance gene in barley. In M. Henry, & A. McNab (Eds.), Barley yellow dwarf disease: Recent advances and future strategies (pp. 75-77). Mexico: CIMMYT.

    Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2010 Wirthensohn, M., Chin, W., Franks, T., Baldock, G., Ford, C., & Sedgley, M. (2010). Investigation of flavour compounds from sweet, semi-bitter and bitter almonds kernels. In Proceedings of XIV Meeting of the Mediterranean Research Group for Almond and Pistachio (GREMPA) (pp. 117-122). Greece: International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies.
    2008 DeBolt, S., Melino, V., Soole, K., Hayes, M., & Ford, C. (2008). The potential to modify grape berry acidity through an understanding of the metabolism of tartaric and malic acids.. In R. Blair, P. Williams, & S. Pretorius (Eds.), Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference - Conference Proceedings. Adelaide: Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Inc.
    2007 Low, L., Colby, C., O'Neill, B., Ford, C., Godden, J., & Gishen, M. (2007). Field testing of nanofiltration for tartrate stabilisation of wine at Berri Estates Winery. In Martin Rhodes (Ed.), Proceedings of CHEMECA 2007 (pp. 1620-1628). CDROM: Engineers Australia.
    2006 Tavassolian, I., Sedgley, M., Kaiser, B., Wirthensohn, M., & Ford, C. (2006). The construction of an almond linkage map using morphological and microsatellite markers on 'Nonpariel' x 'Lauranne' population.. In Proceedings of 3rd International Rosaceae Genomics Conference [electronic resource]. Napier, New Zealand.
    2005 Low, L., Colby, C., O'Neill, B., Ford, C., Godden, J., & Gishen, M. (2005). Alternative technologies for tartrate stabilisation of wines: which is better?. In M. Hardin (Ed.), Proceedings of Chemeca 2005 (pp. CD ROM 1-CD ROM 6). CD ROM: The Institution of Engineers Australia.

    Conference Items

    Patents

    Wine 2030: Grapevine metabolism: the effects of increased day and night-time temperatures on berry composition of organic acids. 2011. Dr Chris Ford

    $19,029.

     

    Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation – Project Ref. UA 1002: Organic acid metabolism and the control of grape berry acidity in a warming climate. 2010-2015. Dr Chris Ford.

    $687,000

     

    Australian Research Council – LIEF Grant LE0989336: The South Australian Facility for Small and Large Molecule X‑Ray Diffraction Structure Determination. Dr CJ Sumby; Prof JA Carver; Prof JC Wallace; Asst Prof M Hrmova; Prof A Pring; Prof AD Abell; Dr GW Booker; Prof MI Bruce; Dr J Brugger; Dr CM Ford; Dr HH Harris; Dr JC Morris; Prof JC Paton; Dr DJ Peet; Dr SM Pyke; Dr KE Shearwin; Dr RI Menz; Dr CA Abbott; Dr PA Anderson; Dr MH Brown; Dr MR Johnston; Dr KA Schuller; Prof AF Lopez; Dr SM Pitson; Prof SF Lincoln; Prof RA McKinnon.

    $ 560,000

     

    Australian Research Council – Discovery Grant DP0985378: The control of metabolite glucosylation during grape berry development. 2009. Dr Chris Ford, Prof. Dennis Taylor, Dr Mark Thomas, Dr Paul Boss.

    $100,000.

     

    Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation – Project Ref. GWR H06/06: Tartaric acid biosynthesis gene expression in Arabidopsis thaliana. Honours scholarship and research support. 2007.

    $2,000

     

    Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation – Project Ref. GWR H06/06: sensory and compositional consequences of extended maceration in red wine making. Honours scholarship and research support. 2007.

    $2,000

     

    Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation – Project Ref. UA 06/02: Organic acid metabolism during grape berry development. 2006-2009;

    $379,500

     

    Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation – Project Ref. UA 05/03: Consequences of extended maceration on the composition of red wines. 2005-2008;

    $110,151

     

    Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation – Project Ref. UA 05/02: The role of ascorbic acid in grape berry development. 2005-2008;

    $127,051

     

    Australian Research Council – Linkage Grant LP0560480; Understanding, controlling and improving the flavour of almond kernels. 2005-2007. Prof. Margaret Sedgley, Dr Brent Kaiser and Dr Chris Ford

    $300,000

     

    Cooperative Research Centre for Viticulture – Sub-program 3, Project 3.3.3 Organic acid metabolism.

    March 2003 to September 2006;

    $45,000 per annum; $9,000 additional support in 2006 for generation of transgenic grapevines

     

    Cooperative Research Centre for Viticulture – Sub-program 1, Project 1.2 The Tannin Project

    July 2003 to June 2005;

    $15,000 per annum

     

    Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation – Growth and physiology of Brettanomyces/Dekkera yeast and the production of flavour impact compounds in wine. Paul Grbin, Vladimir Jiranek and Chris Ford.

    $167,000

     

    Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation – Project UA 02/03 Metabolic consequences of the transfer of an entire plant secondary metabolic pathway into grapevine hairy root cultures. March – November 2003;

    $3,960.00

     

    Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation – Project UA 02/04 An investigation of flavonol glucosyltransferase activity in grapevine tissues. March – November 2003;

    $4,400.00

     

    Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation – Project UA 01/07 The development of an assay for the activity of tartaric acid biosynthetic enzymes in grapevine tissues. March – November 2002;

     $3,217.50

    2001-present

    I deliver approximately half of the lectures in Animal and Plant Biochemistry, at both Waite and Roseworthy campuses (ca 20 hours per campus), and am also responsible for tutorial classes (3 hours per week) at Waite. I was Course Coordinator and principal lecturer for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework-level teaching in Introductory Winemaking from 2001 to 2013, and resumed this role in 2015. I also coordinate and teach the final-year course Grape and Wine Industry Practice, Policy and Communication. Previously to this I was the CC and principal lecturer for Wine Packaging & Quality Management (2001-2008), and Fermentation Technology (2009-2010). I continue to present lectures in Fermentation Technology and Viticultural Science III.

    Program Coordination

    The Bachelor of Applied Biology degree, launched at UA in 2015, was developed under my leadership during 2013 and 2014. I am Program Convenor for this degree, and continue to be actively engaged in establishing the curriculum structure, including Major Pathways, the Student Exchange and Work Placement components.

    Course Coordination

    I am Coordinator for the Level II course Animal and Plant Biochemistry, delivered to around 200 students at the Waite and Roseworthy campuses. I convened the working group that developed this course in 2008. I am also the Course Coordinator for the Level II Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology (BVO) and Masters of Viticulture and Oenology course Introductory Winemaking, and the Level III course Grape Industry, Practice, Policy and Communications.

    Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Understanding Spatiotemporal Patterns of Fruit Composition in Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyards in Central California Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Brent Shipley Sams
    2018 Principal Supervisor Breaking the sugar:flavour nexus - growing grapes with more flavour and less sugar Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Pietro Previtali
    2017 Principal Supervisor Using Grapevine enzymes to make novel biochemicals Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Emi Kaye Schutz
    2016 Co-Supervisor Microbial Solutions to Wine Compound Elimination Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jin-Chen Li
    2012 Principal Supervisor Wine Science and Business Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Hui Hui Chong
    2008 Principal Supervisor Modelling Evolution in Yeast Interspecific Hybrids Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Jennifer Bellon

    Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor The Analysis of Grapevine Response to Smoke Exposure Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Lieke Van Der Hulst
    2014 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Investigations and Applications of Self-Sufficient Cytochrome P450 Monooxygenases Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Samuel Munday
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor The Genetic Basis of Acid Composition in Developing Berries of This Cultivated Grapevine Vitis vinifera Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Emily Grace Higginson
    2012 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Consumer Willingness to Pay Premiums for the Benefits of Organic Wine and the Expert Service of Wine Retailers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Osadebamwen Anthony Ogbeide
    2011 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Molecular and Structural Characterization of the Candidate Enzymes Responsible for Tartaric Acid Synthesis in the Grapevine Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yong Jia
    2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Ascorbate metabolism during fruit development Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Darren Chern Jan Wong
    2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor An Investigation of the Role of the Regulatory Gene VvMYBA1 in Colour, Flavour and Aroma Metabolism Using Transgenic Grapevines Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Amy Rinaldo
    2009 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Factors Affecting the Levels of 3 Isobutyl 2 Methoxpyrazine and C6 Compounds in Vitis Vinifera L Merlot Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Martin Pablo Mendez Costabel
    2009 - 2012 Principal Supervisor The Influence of Cabernet Sauvignon Grape Maturity on the Concentration and Extraction of Colour and Phenolic Compounds in Wine Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Cynthia Yonker
    2008 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Application of Citral to Control Postharvest Diseases of Oranges Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Erminawati Wuryatmo
    2007 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Genes and Mechanisms Responsible for Beta-Glucose Metabolism in the Oenologically Important Lactic Acid Bacterium Oenococcus Oeni Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Alana Capaldo
    2006 - 2009 Co-Supervisor Physiological, Biochemical and Molecular Characterisation of Hydroxycinnamic Acid Catabolism by Dekkera and Brettanomyces Yeasts Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Victoria Harris
    2005 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Ascorbate Metabolism in Grape Berries during Development Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Vanessa Melino
    2005 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Consequences of Extended Maceration for Red Wine Colour and Phenolics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Venetia Joscelyne
    2004 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Construction of a Microsatellite Base Genetic Linkage Map of Almond Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Iraj Tavassolian
    2003 - 2007 Co-Supervisor The Role of Abscisic Acid in Grape Berry Development Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Susan Wheeler
    2003 - 2007 Co-Supervisor Evaluation of Tartrate Stabilisation Technologies for Wine Industry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Lin Low
    2003 - 2006 Principal Supervisor Tartaric Acid Biosynthesis in Plants Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Prof Seth DeBolt
    2002 - 2004 Co-Supervisor Identification of Pollen Donors for Olive Cultivars Master of Applied Science Master Full Time Miss Sonali Mookerjee
    2001 - 2005 Principal Supervisor An investigation of a barley protein (SE/BTI-CMe) and its influence on beer haze stability Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Louise Robinson
    Position
    Interim Head of School
    Phone
    83136713
    Fax
    8313 7116
    Campus
    Waite
    Building
    Wine Innovation Central, floor 1
    Room Number
    1 08
    Org Unit
    School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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