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DR Andrea Watt

Positions

  • Viticultural Science - Reproductive Biology and Flowering (Grapevine inflorescence initiation and differentiation)

Overview

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  • Andrea is a postdoctoral student at the University of Melbourne , School of Biosciences.  Andrea graduated with B AppSci (Hons) (Horticulture) from Burnley College (The University of Melbourne) in 2003 and a PhD (The University of Melbourne) in 2011 in Plant Physiology/Viticulture. 

    Andrea's PhD research included investigating the microscopic development of reproductive structures in grapevine and how this development relates to bunch morphology and yield components of Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Following this, she investigated the expression levels of genes that may be involved in grapevine flowering in Sauvignon Blanc and Sultana and their reproductive development. Other research assessed the use of real-time automated irrigation strategies on apples, apricots and grapes at the Dookie campus' experimental vineyard and orchard.

    Andrea's was awarded an inaugural Victorian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation in 2014. The first two years of the Fellowship were spent at the prestigious Laboratory of Plant Reproduction and Development (ENSLyon, France) and she has returned to the University of Melbourne for the final year of her project which is Investigating the developmental pathways that regulate seed nutritional content and plant architecture for agricultural applications. She has been developing techniques to use atomic force microscopy (AFM)  to determine the mechanical properties of plant epidermal cells. Her research will focus on identifying key cell wall regulators, which will enable targeted breeding programs to enhance grains as a food source. A suite of highly advanced imaging techniques, including AFM, will be used to characterise the function of a master regulatory protein, DEK1, which is involved in seed development and initiation and control of organ growth in the model plant Arabidopsis. This research w   

Affiliation

Member of

  • International Association of Sexual Plant Reproduction Research. Member 2011 -
  • The Society for Phytolith Research. Member 2008 -
  • Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology. Member 2004 -

Publications

Research

Additional Grant Information

  • Andrea was a researcher in the following funded projects

    MU 08/02 - Environment - genotype interactions and the physiological processes determining fruitfulness and yield in grapevines. A collaboration between THe Unviersity of Melbourne and the CSIRO. Funded by The Grape and Wine Research Development Corporation.

    Farms, Rivers and Markets. Funded by the National Water Commission and the Victorian Water Trust, The Dookie Farm 2000 Project Fund and The University of Melbourne.

    Andrea is the recipient of a Victorian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2014-2017) and is a researcher  in collaboration ENSLyon Laboratory of Plant Reproduction and Development, Lyon, France,  and the School of Biosciences, Univeristy of Melbourne.   

Awards

Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2011
  • BAppSci (Hons), University of Melbourne - Burnley 2003
  • BAppSc (Hort), University of Melbourne - Burnley 2002
  • DipAppSci (Hort), University of Melbourne - Burnley 2000

Awards and honors

  • Department of Business and Innnovation - Victorian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2014
  • "Under the coverslip" Microscopy Award (First Prize), Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Services, 2008
  • Postgraduate Publishing Award, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, 2008
  • R.W.S. Nicholas Agricultural Science Scholarship (Postgraduate), R.W.S. Nicholas Trust 2007, 2008
  • R.W.S. Nicholas Agricultural Science Scholarship (Postgraduate), R.W.S. Nicholas Trust 2005, 2005
  • Melbourne Abroad Travel Scholarship 2005 (Postgraduate), The University of Melbourne - Travel Scholarship, 2005
  • Melbourne Abroad Travel Scholarship 2005 (Postgraduate), The University of Melbourne, 2005
  • Australian Government Postgraduate Award (APA), Australian Government, 2004
  • Australian Government Postgraduate Award (APA), Australian Government - APA, 2004
  • Award - Proficiency in practical horticulture, Joh Inglis Lothian Memorial Trust, 2003
  • This prize is awarded to students of Horticulture at The University of Melbourne to visit the Aichi College of Agriculture, Miaii, Japan (4 weeks)., Aichi Prefecture Department of Agriculture, Japan (2003), 2003
  • Award - Best student in Ornamental Horticulture, Thomas and Effie Lothian Trust, 2002
  • This prize is awarded to students of Horticulture at The University of Melbourne to visit the Aichi College of Agriculture, Miaii, Japan (4 weeks)., Aichi Prefecture Department of Agriculture, Japan (2002), 2002
  • Award - Best student in Nursery Production and Management, Nursery Industry Association of Victoria, 2002

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Supervision

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