DR Vanessa Melino

DR Vanessa Melino


  • 070305 (Crop and pasture improvement)



  • Plant scientist Dr Vanessa Melino is a Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture and Food with Professor Herbert Kronzucker. She is interested in improving plant growth in stressful environments. She investigates the role of nutrition in the growth and development of crops. Her research spans across disciplines of plant metabolism, genetics and physiology, and plant-microbe interactions. She has previously worked on projects with support from the Australian Research Council (ARC), Dupont-Pioneer, and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).   


Member of

  • Plant and Soil (Junior Editor). Consulting Editor 2016 - 2022
  • Australian Society of Plant Scientists (Hon. Secretary). Member 2004 - 2018


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, Adelaide University 2009
  • BBtec (Hons), Flinders University of South Australia 2004

Awards and honors

  • School of Agriculture Food and Wine Pilot Study Funds, University of Adelaide, 2017
  • Vice Chancellors' Academic Women's Research Excellence, University of Adelaide, 2017
  • Biological Sciences School Research Fund, Murdoch University, 2010
  • AW Howard Memorial Trust scholarship, Department of Primary Industries and Regions, South Australia (PIRSA), 2010
  • The Charles John Everard Scholarship, University of Adelaide, 2006
  • University Medal, University of Adelaide, 2004


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Dr Vanessa Melino is currently available for supervision of postgraduate students interested in studying the impact of drought or poor nutrition on crop performance at the molecular or physiological level.