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- Plant Cryopreservation - free radical damage, membrane composition and tissue culture.
- 2006-2009: Bachelor of Science (BSc) Molecular Biotechnology from Curtin University.
- 2010: Bachelor of Science (BSc) Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology (Honours). Curtin University. Thesis title: ‘Factors affecting post-cryogenic survival of plant shoot tips’. Supervisors: Assoc Prof Ricardo Mancera, Dr Anja Kaczmarczyk, Dr Eric Bunn.
- 2011-present: PhD Curtin University.
Title: The role of oxidative stress in successful cryopreservation of Australian plant species.
University: School of Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University
Supervisors: Professor Ricardo Mancera, Dr Anja Kaczmarczyk, Dr Shane Turner, Dr Eric Bunn and Dr Louise Colville.
Description: Cryopreservation provides the most effective long-term conservation method for threatened and recalcitrant species but post-cryogenic survival varies significantly between different taxa and even within clonal lines derived from the same species. Understanding the reasons behind this variation will lead to the development of new and improved cryopreservation procedures that can be more widely applied to species for which current cryogenic methods are not successful. This project will focus on the oxidative stresses that are known to occur during the different stages of the cryopreservation procedure. Analysing the effectiveness of a plant’s intrinsic antioxidant and pigment defences in reducing oxidative damage to tissues as well as the effect of exogenous application of antioxidants and free radical scavengers will increase our understanding of how best to mitigate against oxidative stress and improve survival and recovery following cryopreservation. The project will aim to cryopreserve valuable post-mining rehabilitation plant species from the native genera Lepidosperma, Lomandra, Loxocarya and Tetraria.
- B. Funnekotter, Anja Kaczmarczyk, Shane R. Turner, Eric Bunn, Ricardo L. Mancera. 2011. Cryopreservation and membrane analysis of Western Australian plant species used in post-mining restoration. 21st Annual Combined Biological Sciences Meeting (CBSM). 26th of August 2011, UWA, Perth, WA. State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (SABC) student oral presentation prize winner.
- B. Funnekotter, Anja Kaczmarczyk, Shane R. Turner, Eric Bunn, Ricardo L. Mancera. 2011. Cryopreservation and membrane analysis of Western Australian plant species used in post-mining restoration. Curtin Institute for Biodiversity and Climate Symposium, ‘Biodiversity and People’. 7th of July 2011, Curtin University, Perth, WA.
- Funnekotter, Bryn, Anja Kaczmarczyk, Shane R Turner, Eric Bunn, Wenxu Zhou, Steven Smith, Gavin Flematti, and Ricardo L Mancera. 2013. "Acclimation-Induced Changes in Cell Membrane Composition and Influence on Cryotolerance of in Vitro Shoots of Native Plant Species." Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC): 1-14.
- Kaczmarczyk, Anja, Bryn Funnekotter, Akshay Menon, Pui Ye Phang, Arwa Al-Hanbali, Eric Bunn, and Ricardo L Mancera. 2012. "Current Issues in Plant Cryopreservation." In Current Frontiers in Cryobiology, ed. Igor I Katkov, 417-438. InTech.
- Menon, Akshay, Bryn Funnekotter, Anja Kaczmarczyk, Eric Bunn, Shane Turner, and Ricardo L. Mancera. 2012. "Cryopreservation of Lomandra Sonderi (Asparagaceae) Shoot Tips Using Droplet-Vitrification." Cryoletters 33 (4): 259-270.
- Kaczmarczyk, Anja, Shane R Turner, Bryn Funnekotter, Eric Bunn. 2010. "131. Development of a Cryopreservation Protocol for Loxocarya Cinerea – a Recalcitrant Plant Species Used in Post-Mining Restoration." Cryobiology 61 (3): 402.