PROF Herbert Kronzucker

PROF Herbert Kronzucker


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  • Physiology and Molecular Biology of Stress Responses in Plants (plant nutrient deficiencies and toxicities, salt stress, drought stress; principal experimental systems: the world’s leading cereal crops.)
  • Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Transport (principal foci: the cell and whole-organism biology of plant nitrogen, potassium, sodium, and silicon relations.)



  • Prof. Kronzucker is a Full Professor and the Head of School of Agriculture and Food in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He also holds a Distinguished Professorship at the University of Toronto and is an Honorary Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is the founder and former Director of the Canadian Centre for World Hunger Research and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Plant Physiology (Elsevier). Prof. Kronzucker obtained his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He has held a Rockefeller ‘Human Frontier’ Fellowship at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and Professorships at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto in Canada. From 2017-2018, he led the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne and, in 2018, was appointed to the leadership of the University’s School of Agriculture and Food. Prof. Kronzucker’s research is on plant nutrition and ion transport in the world’s major cereal crops, in particular rice, with a focus on plant nitrogen relations, potassium homeostasis, sodium toxicity, micronutrients, and silicon. His primary work has been published in the premier international venues, including Nature, Nature Plants, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), and Trends in Plant Science, and has been prolifically featured in the popular media. He has won many prestigious awards, including a Canada Research Chair, a lifetime achievement award from Laval University, and a Bayer Science for a Better Life Award.   


Member of

  • Plant & Soil Journal. Consulting Editor 2015 -
  • Frontiers in Chemistry (Agricultural Biological Chemistry) Journal. Editorial Board 2014 -
  • Journal of Plant Physiology (Elsevier). Editor-in-Chief 2014 -
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Advisor 2013 -
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Research Grants Board of the UK. Evaluation Group 2013 -
  • Canadian Centre for World Hunger Research. Founder and Inaugural Director 2013 -
  • Frontiers in Plant Science Journal. Editorial Board 2011 -
  • Plant, Soil & Environment Journal. Editorial Board 2006 -
  • Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Evaluation Group 2010 - 2013
  • Sherwood Fox Arboretum, University of Western Ontario, Canada.. Director 1998 - 2001


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Our research program has attracted over 11 million dollars in research funding since 1999, and has been supported by: The University of Melbourne The University of Toronto The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Canada Research Chair (CRC) program Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Canada’s national Green Crop Network (GCN), aimed at increasing greenhouse gas capture through biological means.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of British Columbia 1996

Awards and honors

  • Distinguished Professor, University of Toronto, 2015
  • Bayer Science for a Better Life Award, Bayer, 2013
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Laval University, 2013
  • Spring Convocation Speaker, Science, University of Toronto, 2013
  • Principal's Research Award, University of Toronto, Scarborough, 2012
  • Canada Research Chair, Government of Canada., 2010
  • Canada Research Chair, Government of Canada, 2005



Available for supervision

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