Tree Improvement (Breeding, wood quality, association genetics)
Tree Molecular Biology (Wood formation, environmental stress tolerance)
Gerd Bossinger has investigated aspects of plant developmental biology and molecular biology for more than 30 years and has worked extensively on both monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous model organisms such as barley, maize, Arabidopsis thaliana, poplar and eucalypts. He studied Agricultural Sciences at the University of Bonn, Germany, with foci on Agricultural Botany, Plant Breeding and Forestry. From 1985 to 1992 he worked at the Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany, investigating the developmental genetics of barley and maize to elucidate morphogenetic growth patterns during the establishment of the plant body. In 1992 Gerd migrated to Australia joining, as ARC International Research Fellow, a research team at Monash University's Department of Genetics and Developmental Biology investigating the molecular basis of flower development in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Gerd joined the University of Melbourne in 1996, where from 2009 to 2016, he headed the Ecosystem and Forest Sciences School. During this period he also was Director of the University's Creswick Campus. Today, Gerd's research is directed at investigations into the molecular control of meristem differentiation and pattern formation with specific emphasis on the differentiation of the vascular cambium, the regulation of wood formation and wood quality determination in forest trees. Using molecular, genetics and genomics approaches, he and his colleagues aim to uncover causal links between gene structure and function and their relevance for patterning genetic diversity in natural (native forests) and artificial (breeding populations) ecosystems. Gerd has acted as assessor for many national and international research funding organisations, he is a regular reviewer of manuscripts for international journals and book publishers and has been invited chair and session organiser for a number of international conferences and workshops.