Molecular interactions at the plant-fungal interface

Plummer Lab research associates

  • Dr Frank Bedon Project title: Determination of the biodiversity of Australian native mistletoes using chloroplast and mitochondrial genome analysis; Characterisation of the role of melatonin in plant biotic and abiotic stress.
  • Dr Janet Wheeler Project title: The role of PNP-Like proteins from Venturia during infection of plants

Current PhD students

  • Shakira Johnson: Detection and prevention of pear scab disease in Australia
  • Andrew Madigan: The effects of melatonin on soil microbial communities Co-supervised by Dr Frank Bedon and Dr Ashley Franks)
  • Sajal Zia: Molecular characterization of plants and associated microbiome responses to melatonin (Co-supervised by Dr Frank Bedon and Dr Ashley Franks)
  • Cliff Kinoti: Exploring the diversity of ilarviruses and other Prunus-infecting viruses in Australia using next generation sequencing (NGS) (Dr Brendan Rodoni principal supervisor; co-supervisors Drs Fiona Constable and Kim Plummer)

Current Location of Recent PhD students

  • Dr Alicia Hetherton (nee Greenhill), GLP Test Facility and Research Account Manager, Kalyx Australia Pty Ltd Melbourne, Australia.
  • Dr Jason Shiller, Research Scientist, Molecular Plant Pathology, Genomics, INRA, Angers, France.
  • Dr Dan Jones, Bioinformatician, Plant and Food Research, Auckland, NZ
  • Dr Simone Vassiliadis, Research Scientist, Metabolomics, AgVIC, AgriBio, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Dr Rachel Mann, Research Scientist, Molecular Identification of Pathogens, AgVIC, AgriBio, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Dr Vincent Bus, Plant Breeder, Plant and Food Research, Auckland, NZ.
  • Dr Anna Fitzgerald, Strategic Partnerships, Bioplatforms Australia Ltd, Sydney, Australia.

Current Honours students

  • Lisa Pasipanodya (Co-supervised by Dr Frank Bedon)