Dr Vanessa Melino

Vanessa Melino
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

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.

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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.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow The Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics
2009 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Murdoch University

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2017 Award 2017 University of Adelaide Women's Research Excellence Award The University of Adelaide $5000
2010 Award School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology research award Murdoch University $5000
2010 Award AW Howard Memorial Trust Study Award PIRSA $3500

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2009 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD Plant Sciences
2004 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)

Journals

Year Citation
2015 Melino, V. J., Fiene, G., Enju, A., Cai, J., Buchner, P. & Heuer, S. (2015). Genetic diversity for root plasticity and nitrogen uptake in wheat seedlings. Functional Plant Biology, 42, 10, 942-956.
10.1071/FP15041
2015 Cai, J., Zeng, Z., Connor, J., Huang, C., Melino, V., Kumar, P. & Miklavcic, S. (2015). RootGraph: a graphic optimization tool for automated image analysis of plant roots. Journal of Experimental Botany, 66, 21, 6551-6562.
10.1093/jxb/erv359
2014 Reeve, W., Ardley, J., Tian, R., De Meyer, S., Terpolilli, J., Melino, V. ... Pagani, I. (2014). Genome sequence of the Listia angolensis microsymbiont Microvirga lotononidis strain WSM₃₅₅₇T. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 9, 3, 540-550.
10.4056/sigs.4548266
2013 Reeve, W., Melino, V., Ardley, J., Tian, R., De Meyer, S., Terpolilli, J. ... Mikhailova, N. (2013). Genome sequence of the Trifolium rueppellianum - nodulating Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii strain WSM2012. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 9, 2, 283-293.
10.4056/sigs.4528262
2013 Reeve, W., De Meyer, S., Terpolilli, J., Melino, V., Ardley, J., Tian, R. ... Pati, A. (2013). Genome sequence of the Ornithopus/Lupinus-nodulating Bradyrhizobium sp. strain WSM471. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 9, 2, 254-263.
10.4056/sigs.4498256
2013 Reeve, W., Tian, R., De Meyer, S., Melino, V., Terpolilli, J., Ardley, J. ... Pagani, I. (2013). Genome sequence of the clover-nodulating Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii strain TA1. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 9, 2, 243-253.
10.4056/sigs.4488254
2013 Reeve, W., Terpolilli, J., Melino, V., Ardley, J., Tian, R., De Meyer, S. ... Pagani, I. (2013). Genome sequence of the lupin-nodulating Bradyrhizobium sp. strain WSM1417. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 9, 2, 273-282.
10.4056/sigs.4518260
2013 Reeve, W., De Meyer, S., Terpolilli, J., Melino, V., Ardley, J., Rui, T. ... Ovchinnikova, G. (2013). Genome sequence of the Lebeckia ambigua-nodulating "Burkholderia sprentiae" strain WSM5005T. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 9, 2, 385-394.
10.4056/sigs.4558268
2013 Reeve, W., Drew, E., Ballard, R., Melino, V., Tian, R., De Meyer, S. ... Kyrpides, N. (2013). Genome sequence of the clover-nodulating Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii strain SRDI943. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 9, 2, 232-242.
10.4056/sigs.4478252
2013 Reeve, W., Drew, E., Ballard, R., Melino, V., Tian, R., De Meyer, S. ... Kyrpides, N. (2013). Genome sequence of the clover-nodulating Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii strain SRDI565. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 9, 2, 220-231.
10.4056/sigs.4468250
2013 Reeve, W., Terpolilli, J., Melino, V., Ardley, J., Tian, R., De Meyer, S. ... Pagani, I. (2013). Genome sequence of the South American clover-nodulating Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii strain WSM597. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 9, 2, 264-272.
10.4056/sigs.4508258
2012 Melino, V., Drew, E., Ballard, R., Reeve, W., Thomson, G., White, R. & O'Hara, G. (2012). Identifying abnormalities in symbiotic development between Trifolium spp. and Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii leading to sub-optimal and ineffective nodule phenotypes. Annals of Botany, 110, 8, 1559-1572.
10.1093/aob/mcs206
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.
10.1002/jsfa.4376
2011 Smith, C., Barthet, M., Melino, V., Smith, P., Day, D. & Soole, K. (2011). Alterations in the mitochondrial alternative NAD(P)H dehydrogenase NDB4 lead to changes in mitochondrial electron transport chain composition, plant growth and response to oxidative stress. Plant and Cell Physiology, 52, 7, 1222-1237.
10.1093/pcp/pcr073
2010 Reeve, W., O'Hara, G., Chain, P., Ardley, J., Brau, L., Nandesena, K. ... Howieson, J. (2010). Complete genome sequence of Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii strain WSM1325, an effective microsymbiont of annual Mediterranean clovers. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 2, 3, 347-356.
10.4056/sigs.852027
2010 Reeve, W., O'Hara, G., Chain, P., Ardley, J., Brau, L., Nandesena, K. ... Howieson, J. (2010). Complete genome sequence of Rhizobium leguminosarum bv trifolii strain WSM2304, an effective microsymbiont of the South American clover Trifolium polymorphum. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 2, 1, 66-76.
10.4056/sigs.44642
2009 Smith, C., Melino, V., Sweetman, C. & Soole, K. (2009). Manipulation of alternative oxidase can influence salt tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana. Physiologia Plantarum, 137, 4, 459-472.
10.1111/j.1399-3054.2009.01305.x
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.
10.1111/j.1755-0238.2009.00062.x
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.
10.1186/1471-2229-9-145
2007 DeBolt, S., Melino, V. & Ford, C. (2007). Ascorbate as a biosynthetic precursor in plants. Annals of Botany, 99, 1, 3-8.
10.1093/aob/mcl236
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.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2016 Reeve, W., Tiwari, R. P., De Meyer, S., Poole, P. S. & Melino, V. (2016). Specialised genetic techniques for rhizobia. In J. G. Howieson & M. J. Dilworth (Eds.), Working with rhizobia (pp. 245-282). Canberra: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

Conference Papers

Year Citation
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. 17th Australian Nitrogen Fixation Conference. V. V. S. R. Gupta, M. Unkovich & B. N. Kaiser (Eds.) Adelaide, South Australia.
2014 Melino, V., Fiene, G. & Heuer, S. (2014). Genotypic screen for root plasticity. Nitrogen 2013. Chile.

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2004 - ongoing Member Australian Society of Plant Scientists Australia

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2016 - ongoing Member Functional Plant Biology
2016 - ongoing Consulting Editor Plant and Soil
Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Phone
83131499
Fax
8313 7102
Campus
Waite
Building
Plant Genomics Centre
Room Number
2 27
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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