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Dr Michelle Wirthensohn

Michelle Wirthensohn
Horticulture Australia Research Fellow
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

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

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Dr Michelle Wirthensohn

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

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

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

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

Development of a 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: 

http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2013/s3746815.htm

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
1998 Horticulture Innovation Australia Senior Research Fellow University of Australia

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
University of Adelaide Australia PhD

Postgraduate Training

Date Title Institution Country
Graduate Certificate in Education University of Adelaide Australia

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2018 Karimi, S., Tavallali, V., & Wirthensohn, M. (2018). Boron amendment improves water relations and performance of Pistacia vera under salt stress. Scientia Horticulturae, 241, 252-259.
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2017 Whittaker, A. L., Zhu, Y., Howarth, G. S., Loung, C. S., Bastian, S. E., & Wirthensohn, M. G. (2017). Effects of commercially produced almond by-products on chemotherapy-induced mucositis in rats.. World journal of gastrointestinal pathophysiology, 8(4), 176-187.
DOI Europe PMC2
2017 Zhu, Y., Wilkinson, K., & Wirthensohn, M. (2017). Changes in fatty acid and tocopherol content during almond (Prunus dulcis, cv. Nonpareil) kernel development. Scientia Horticulturae, 225, 150-155.
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2017 Goonetilleke, S., March, T., Wirthensohn, M., Walker, A., & Mather, D. (2017). Genotyping-by-sequencing in almond: SNP discovery, linkage mapping and marker design.. G3 : Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 8(1), 1-25.
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2016 Zhu, Y., Lim, Y., & Wirthensohn, M. (2016). New almond selections with high tocopherol concentration. Acta Horticulturae, 1109(1109), 165-168.
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2015 Zhu, Y., Wilkinson, K., & Wirthensohn, M. (2015). Lipophilic antioxidant content of almonds (Prunus dulcis): a regional and varietal study. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 39, 120-127.
DOI Scopus9 WoS6 Europe PMC4
2015 Fernández i Martí, A., Font i Forcada, C., Kamali, K., Rubio-Cabetas, M., Wirthensohn, M., & Socias i Company, R. (2015). Molecular analyses of evolution and population structure in a worldwide almond [Prunus dulcis (Mill.) D.A. Webb syn. P. amygdalus Batsch] pool assessed by microsatellite markers. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 62(2), 205-219.
DOI Scopus9 WoS8 Europe PMC3
2015 Zhu, Y., Taylor, C., Sommer, K., Wilkinson, K., & Wirthensohn, M. (2015). Influence of deficit irrigation strategies on fatty acid and tocopherol concentration of almond (Prunus dulcis). Food Chemistry, 173, 821-826.
DOI Scopus10 WoS8 Europe PMC2
2014 Rahimi Eichi, V., Tyerman, S., & Wirthensohn, M. (2014). Water relations and mesophyll anatomy in almond leaves. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, 139(6), 627-633.
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2012 Marti, A., Wirthensohn, M., Alonso, J., Company, R., & Hrmova, M. (2012). Molecular modeling of S-RNases involved in almond self-incompatibility. Frontiers in Plant Science, 3(139), 1-4.
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2011 Picard, M., Wilkinson, K., & Wirthensohn, M. (2011). An online learning space facilitating supervision pedagogies in science. South Affrican Journal of Higher Education, 25(5), 954-971.
2011 Marti, A., Alonso, J., Company, R., Wirthensohn, M., & Hrmova, M. (2011). Molecular modelling of RNases from almond involved in self-incompatibility. Proceedings of the Vth International Symposium on Pistachios and Almonds, 912, 641-643.
2011 Yadollahi, A., Arzani, K., Ebadi, A., Wirthensohn, M., & Karimi, S. (2011). The response of different almond genotypes to moderate and severe water stress in order to screen for drought tolerance. Scientia Horticulturae, 129(3), 403-413.
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2010 Picard, M., Wilkinson, K., & Wirthensohn, M. (2010). Perceptions and expectations of authorship: Towards development of an e-learning tool facilitating discussion and reflection between post-graduate supervisors and candidates. Ergo, 1(3), 22-33.
2010 Arzani, K., Yadollahi, A., Ebadi, A., & Wirthensohn, M. (2010). The relationship between bitterness and drought resistance of almond (Prunus dulcis Mill.). African Journal of Agricultural Research, 5(9), 861-866.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
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 Scopus17 WoS18 Europe PMC10
2010 Wu, S., Franks, T., Hunt, P., Wirthensohn, M., Gibson, J., & Sedgley, M. (2010). Discrimination of SNP genotypes associated with complex haplotypes by high resolution melting analysis in almond: implications for improved marker efficiencies. Molecular Breeding, 25(2), 351-357.
DOI Scopus13 WoS13 Europe PMC4
2009 Kolesik, P., Rice, A., Bellis, G., & Wirthensohn, M. (2009). Procontarinia pustulata, a new gall midge species (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) feeding on mango, Mangifera indica (Anarcadiaceae), in northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. Australian Journal of Entomology, 48(4), 310-316.
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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 Scopus28 WoS27 Europe PMC14
2008 Sorkheh, K., Malysheva-Otto, L., Wirthensohn, M., Tarkesh-Esfahani, S., & Martinez-Gomez, P. (2008). Linkage disequilibrium, genetic association mapping and gene localization in crop plants. Genetics and Molecular Biology, 31(4), 805-814.
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2008 Wu, S., Wirthensohn, M., Hunt, P., Gibson, J., & Sedgley, M. (2008). High Resolution Melting Analysis of Almond SNPs derived from ESTs. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 118(1), 1-14.
DOI Scopus114 WoS104 Europe PMC55
2008 Sorkheh, K., Vezaei, A., Wirthensohn, M., & Martinez-Gomez, P. (2008). Pollen ultrastructure characterization in Californian and Australian almond cultivars. Journal American Pomological Society, 62(4), 173-177.
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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.
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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 Scopus21 WoS20 Europe PMC5
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.
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2007 Kolesik, P., Woods, B., Crowhurst, M., & Wirthensohn, M. (2007). Dasineura banksiae: a new species of gall midge (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) feeding on Banksia coccinea (Proteaceae) in Australia. Australian Journal of Entomology, 46(1), 40-44.
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2006 Wirthensohn, M., Collins, G., Channuntapipat, C., & Sedgley, M. (2006). Update on long-term cryopreservation of almond germplasm. Acta Horticulturae, 726(726), 127-132.
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2006 Wirthensohn, M., Channuntapipat, C., Collins, G., & Sedgley, M. (2006). Long-term cryopreservation of almond germplasm: an update. Nucis Newsletter, 25-27.
2005 Gregory, D., Sedgley, M., Wirthensohn, M., Arus, P., Kaiser, B., & Collins, G. (2005). An integrated genetic linkage map for almond based on RAPD, ISSR, SSR and morphological markers. Acta Horticulturae, 694(694), 67-72.
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2005 Wilkinson, J., & Wirthensohn, M. (2005). In search of the perfect almond. Australian Nutgrower, 19(3), 14-16.
2004 Wirthensohn, M., Ramesh, S., Bertozzi, T., Alberts, E., Mekuria, G., Bennett, C., . . . Sedgley, M. (2004). Virus screening for Australian almonds. Nucis Newsletter, 12, 15-16.
2003 Mekuria, G., Ramesh, S., Alberts, E., Bertozzi, T., Wirthensohn, M., Collins, G., & Sedgley, M. (2003). Comparison of ELISA and RT-PCR for the detection of Prunus necrotic ring spot virus and prune dwarf virus in almond (Prunus dulcis). Journal of Virological Methods, 114(1), 65-69.
DOI Scopus25 WoS24 Europe PMC9
2003 Channuntapipat, C., Wirthensohn, M., Ramesh, S., Batlle, I., Arus, P., Sedgley, M., & Collins, G. (2003). Identification of incompatibility genotypes in almond (Prunus dulcis Mill.) using specific primers based on the introns of the S-alleles. Plant Breeding, 122(2), 164-168.
DOI Scopus63 WoS64 Europe PMC8
2002 Guerin, J., Wu, S., Mekuria, G., Collins, G., Jones, G., Burr, M., . . . Sedgley, M. (2002). Olive cultivar improvement through selection and biotechnology. Advances in Horticultural Science, 16(3-4), 198-203.
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2002 Wirthensohn, M., & Sedgley, M. (2002). Almond breeding in Australia. Acta Horticulturae, 591(591), 245-248.
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2002 Wirthensohn, M., Collins, G., & Sedgley, M. (2002). Biotechnology for almond improvement in Australia. Nucis Newsletter, 15-16.
2000 Scott, E., Sedgley, M., & Wirthensohn, M. (2000). Plant Improvement and Disease Control - Almonds and Pistachios. Australian Nutgrower, 36.
2000 Wirthensohn, M., & Sedgley, M. (2000). Production, postharvest treatment and epicuticular wax structure of cut stems of Eucalyptus L'her foliage. Acta Horticulturae, 518(8), 183-186.
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2000 Wirthensohn, M., Sedgley, M., & Jones, G. (2000). Epicuticular wax of juvenile Eucalyptus leaves and headspace analysis of leaf volatiles. Journal of Essential Oil Research, 12(4), 401-411.
DOI Scopus13 WoS13 Europe PMC5
1999 Wirthensohn, M., Collins, G., Jones, G., & Sedgley, M. (1999). Variability in waxiness of Eucalyptus gunnii foliage for floriculture. Scientia Horticulturae, 82(3-4), 279-288.
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1998 Wirthensohn, M., & Sedgley, M. (1998). Effect of pruning on regrowth of cut foliage stems of seventeen Eucalyptus species.. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 38(6), 631-636.
DOI Scopus9 WoS8 Europe PMC1
1996 Wirthensohn, M., & Sedgley, M. (1996). Epicuticular wax structure and regeneration on developing juvenile Eucalyptus leaves. Australian Journal of Botany, 44(6), 691-704.
DOI Scopus27 WoS29 Europe PMC9
1996 Sedgley, M., Wirthensohn, M., & Delaporte, K. (1996). Interspecific hybridization between Banksia hookeriana Meisn. and Banksia prionotes Lindl (Proteaceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences, 157(5), 638-643.
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1996 Wirthensohn, M., Sedgley, M., & Ehmer, R. (1996). Production and postharvest treatment of cut stems of Eucalyptus L. Her. foliage. HortScience, 31(6), 1007-1009.
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Books

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2017 Wirthensohn, M., & Iannamico, L. (2017). Almond in the Southern Hemisphere. In R. Company, & T. Gradziel (Eds.), Almonds: Botany, Production and Uses (pp. 87-110). Oxfordshire, UK: CABI.
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2017 Batlle, I., Dicenta, F., Company, R., Gradziel, T., Wirthensohn, M., Duval, H., & Vargas, F. (2017). Classical Genetics and Breeding. In R. Company, & T. Gradziel (Eds.), Almonds: Botany, Production and Uses (pp. 111-148). United Kingdom: CABI.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2016 Goonetilleke, S. N., Croxford, A. E., Wirthensohn, M. G., March, T. J., & Mather, D. E. (2016). Molecular markers for high-throughput detection of a self-fertility (Sf) allele in almond. In Acta Horticulturae. Murcia. Spain: International Society for Horticultural Science.
2016 Delaporte, K., Collins, C., Wirthensohn, M., & Rigden, J. (2016). Gaining a better understanding of ornamental eucalypts. In N. Onus, & A. Currie (Eds.), Acta Horticulturae Vol. 1127 (pp. 353-359). Brisbane, AUSTRALIA: INT SOC HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE.
DOI Scopus1
2014 Zhu, Y., Taylor, C., Sommer, K., Wilkinson, K., & Wirthensohn, M. (2014). Effect of Deficit Irrigation on Almond Kernel Constituents. In F. Dicenta, P. MartinezGomez, & E. Ortega (Eds.), Acta Horticulturae Vol. 1028 (pp. 221-223). Murcia, SPAIN: International Society for Horticultural Science.
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2014 Delaporte, K., Wirthensohn, M., & Collins, C. (2014). Ornamental eucalyptus - Something for everyone. In C. Heuser (Ed.), Acta Horticulturae Vol. 1055 (pp. 91-94). Bellefonte, PA: INT SOC HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE.
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2011 Wirthensohn, M., Rahemi, M., & Marti, A. (2011). Identification of self-incompatibility genotypes and DNA fingerprinting of some Australian almond cultivars. In B. E. Ak, M. Wirthensohn, & T. Gradziel (Eds.), Proceedings of the Vth International Symposium on Pistachios and Almonds Vol. 912 (pp. 641-643). CD: ISHS.
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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.
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 Wirthensohn, M., Channuntapipat, C., Ramesh, S., Collins, G., & Sedgley, M. (2005). Determination of almond S-alleles using PCR primers designed from their introns. In M. M. Oliveira, & V. Cordeiro (Eds.), Proceedings of the XIIIth Meeting of the Mediterranean Research Group for Almond and Pistachios (GREMPA), Mirandela, Portugal, 1-5 June, 2003 (pp. 333-340). Mirandela, Portugal: CIHEAM,.
2003 Mekuria, G., Ramesh, S., Alberts, E., Bertozzi, T., Wirthensohn, M., Collins, G., & Sedgley, M. (2003). Comparison of ELISA and RT-PCR for the detection of PNRSV and PDV in Australian almond trees. In M. M. Oliveira, & V. Cordeiro (Eds.), Proceedings of the XIIIth Meeting of the Mediterranean Research Group for Almond and Pistachios (GREMPA) (pp. 193-196). Mirandela, Portugal: Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranénnes.

Conference Items

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

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 Ms 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

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
2015 - ongoing Associate Editor Tree Genetics and Genomes
Position
Horticulture Australia Research Fellow
Phone
83136653
Fax
8313 0431
Campus
Waite
Building
Plant Research Centre, floor 1
Room Number
1 203
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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