DR Virginia Williamson

DR Virginia Williamson


  • (cut flower water stress plant physiology xylem dysfunction)



Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of New England 1997
  • BSc(Hon), University of New England 1990

Awards and honors

  • Faculty of Science Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Melbourne, 2016
  • Melbourne School of Land and Environment 'Best Student Experience in a First Year Subject', University of Melbourne, 2014



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My interest is in water stress plant physiology, particularly xylem dysfunction in relation to cut flowers. What are the physiological responses to cutting (wounding) that lead to impaired water uptake and a resultant shortened vase life? I have a particular interest in Australian native cut flowers, particularly those with export potential.

    My research has covered the areas of hydraulic conductivity, cavitation, vase solution additives, ethylene production, microbial colonisation of xylem conduits, wounding responses, formation of tyloses and pectin deposition.