Michelle Wirthensohn

Dr Michelle Wirthensohn

Horticulture Australian Research Fellow

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

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

Michelle Wirthensohn is the Program Leader of the National Almond Breeding Program based at the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide.

Plant breeding and improvement for horticultural crops including Almonds, Eucalyptus, Banksia, and Olives.

Development, evaluation, and commercialisation of new improved almond cultivars.

Development of genetic maps for almond.

Almond nutritive content analysis.

Biochemistry of plant oils and waxes. 

Reproductive biology including pollination, fruit set and development of ornamental and fruit and nut crops. 

Identification of horticultural crops by DNA fingerprinting.

Media: Almond breeding program on ABC Landline: 


Australian Almond Breeding Program is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd using Almond industry levy funds matched with Commonwealth funds.

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Principal Supervisor Researching the Interaction, Structure and Function of S-Proteins in Almond Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Ms Isis Pinner
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Genetic Analysis of Reproductive and Nut Traits in Almond [Prunus dulcis (Mill.) D.A. Webb] Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Shashi Goonetilleke
    2012 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Water Use Efficiency in Almonds (Prunus dulcis (Mill.) D. A Webb) Master of Agricultural Science Master Full Time Mr Vahid Rahimi-Eichi
    2011 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Further Investigation of Australian Native Orange (Capparis mitchellii) and Native Lime (Citrus glauca) Micropropagation Master of Science Master Full Time Miss Syarifah Fadiya Hallaby
    2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Almond (Prunus dulcis (Mill.) D.A. Webb) Fatty Acids and Tocopherols _ Under Different Conditions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Ying Zhu
    2004 - 2008 Co-Supervisor Construction of a Microsatellite Base Genetic Linkage Map of Almond Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Iraj Tavassolian
    2001 - 2004 Co-Supervisor THE DEVELOPMENT OF A GENETIC LINKAGE MAP FOR ALMOND BASED ON MOLECULAR AND AGRONOMIC MARKERS Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Davina Gregory
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2018 - 2022 Vice-Chair Division Temperate Tree Nuts ISHS Belgium
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Associate Editor Tree Genetics and Genomes - -
  • Position: Horticulture Australian Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83136653
  • Email: michelle.wirthensohn@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83130431
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Plant Research Centre, floor 1
  • Org Unit: Agricultural Science

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