Dr Vanessa Melino
Dr Melino is passionate about improving plant nutrition. She is interested in understanding how plant roots take up nitrogen and recycle internal sources of nitrogen. Dr Melino is looking for high performing wheat cultivars that acquire soil nitrogen fertiliser in early stages of growth. This includes looking closely at how root architecture and nitrate transport changes with nitrogen supply. She is also identifying whether high performing wheat cultivars use an internal source of nitrogen-rich metabolites to support growth under stress conditions.
Her previous research at Murdoch University was on the symbiotic interaction between clover host and soil bacteria called rhizobia. This symbiosis enables a plant to grow without supplying nitrogen fertiliser. She characterised the strain-host incompatibility phenotypes and predicted the genetic cause of these.
Dr Melino is striving to unlock the unknowns of plant nitrogen uptake and recycling in order to improve crop yields without increasing nitrogen fertiliser use.
✓ Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.
|2012||Postdoctoral Research Fellow||The Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics|
|2009||Postdoctoral Research Fellow||Murdoch University|
|2017||Award||2017 University of Adelaide Women's Research Excellence Award||The University of Adelaide||Australia||$5000|
|2010||Award||School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology research award||Murdoch University||Australia||$5000|
|2010||Award||AW Howard Memorial Trust Study Award||PIRSA||$3500|
|2009||The University of Adelaide||Australia||PhD Plant Sciences|
|2004||Flinders University||Australia||Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)|
|2014||Melino, V., Fiene, G., & Heuer, S. (2014). Genotypic screen for root plasticity. In 2nd International Symposium on the Nitrogen Nutrition of Plants. Chile.|
|2014||Melino, V. J., Black, M., Bellgard, M., Hynes, M., Tiwari, R., & Reeve, W. (2014). A comparison of Rhizobium leguminosarum genomes reveals strain-specific symbiotic genes and evidence for the evolution of an enlarged symbiotic plasmid in strain WSM2304. In V. V. S. R. Gupta, M. Unkovich, & B. N. Kaiser (Eds.), 17th Australian Nitrogen Fixation Conference 2014 Proceedings (pp. 58-59). Adelaide, South Australia: Australian Society for Nitrogen Fixation, the University of Adelaide and SARDI.|
|Date||Role||Research Topic||Program||Degree Type||Student Load||Student Name|
|2014 - 2018||Co-Supervisor||Purine Catabolism in Wheat: Source of Nutrients and Protective Metabolites||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Mr Alberto Casartelli|