Acoustic pollination
Project Leader

Dr. Chris Cazzonelli is a Senior Lecturer in Plant Molecular Biology at Western Sydney University. He completed his Bachelor of Science (Honours Class I) at the University of Queensland and won an Australian Postgraduate Award to study mechanical stress gene regulation receiving a PhD in plant molecular biology and plant genetic engineering from the University of Queensland in 2002. He subsequently won a prestigious United States Department of Agriculture Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate the molecular nature of gene activation, gene silencing and remote sensing of plant stress events in plants. In 2006, Dr. Cazzonelli was recruited by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at the Australian National University to investigate what regulates the production of health promoting carotenoid metabolites in plants. He was awarded the prestigious Goldacre Medal by the Australian Society of Plant Biologists in 2010. He now leads the Environmental Epigenetics Laboratory to understand molecular and physiological mechanisms that facilitate metabolic homeostasis, prime plant stress acclimation, and program plant adaptation to changes in the environment (e.g. light quality, CO2, mechanical stress, acoustic vibration, and heatwaves). Our lab links memory forming processes to metabolite signalling and genetic regulation that controls the production of micronutrients; that has follow-on benefits for human and animal health. We are a scientific factory of discovery and knowledge advancing education, biological understanding, horticultural protected cropping, tree genomics, crop nutrition and environmental sustainability of agriculture.