Vanessa Melino

Dr 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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  • 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 Country Amount
    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
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2009 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD Plant Sciences
    2004 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)
  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83131499
  • Email: vanessa.melino@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7102
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Plant Genomics Centre, floor 2
  • Room: 2 27
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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