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Position
Research Scientist (Conservation Biotechnology)
Address
Biodiversity Conservation Centre
Kattidj Close
Kings Park Western Australia 6005
Phone
(+61 8) 9480 3655

Research interests

  • Conservation Biotechnology
  • Cryopreservation
  • Tissue culture
  • Lipidomics
  • Metabolomics
  • Redox environment
  • Antioxidants / Oxidative stress

Academic background

Bryn has a strong interest in utilising biotechnology tools for the further development of the current cryopreservation techniques, for the conservation of native Australian plant species. He commenced research at Kings Park in 2009, starting with the Kings Park Summer Scholarship. He went on to do honours and his PhD research at Curtin University in collaboration with Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, looking at cryopreserving native Australian plant species for long-term conservation efforts. In addition he focused on the analysing the antioxidants, lipids and sugars during the cryopreservation protocols. This is vital to better understand the underlying stresses of cryopreservation, and with this knowledge we can further develop and enhance our current cryopreservation protocols.

Major projects

Current

  • Cryopreservation of native Australian plant species.
  • Comparative lipidomic analysis between cryo-sensitive and cryo-tolerant plant species.
  • Mitochondrial function and stability during cryopreservation.

Visit the Conservation Biotechnology section to learn more about current projects.

Past

  • Oxidative stress during cryopreservation.
  • Membrane stability and composition analysis during cryopreservation.

Publications

Funnekotter B, Whiteley SE, Turner SR, Bunn E and Mancera RL (2015) Evaluation of the new vacuum infiltration vitrification (VIV) cryopreservation technique for native Australian plant shoot tips. CryoLetters 36 (2): 104-113.

Menon A, Funnekotter B, Kaczmarczyk A, Bunn E, Turner S and Mancera RL (2014) Cold-induced changes affect survival after exposure to vitrification solution during cryopreservation in the south-west Australian Mediterranean climate species Lomandra sonderi (Asparagaceae). Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 119 (2): 347-358.

Kaczmarczyk A, Funnekotter B, Turner SR, Bunn E, Bryant G, Hunt TE and Mancera RL (2013) Development of Cryopreservation for Loxocarya cinerea - an Endemic Australian Plant Species important for Post-Mining Restoration. CryoLetters 34 (5): 508-519.

Funnekotter B, Kaczmarczyk A, Turner SR, Bunn E, Zhou W, Smith S, Flematti G and Mancera RL (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 114 (1): 83-96.

Menon A, Funnekotter B, Kaczmarczyk A, Bunn E, Turner S and Mancera RL (2012) Cryopreservation of Lomandra sonderi (Asparagaceae) shoot tips using droplet-vitrification. CryoLetters 33 (4): 259-270.

Kaczmarczyk A, Funnekotter B, Menon A, Phang PY, Al-Hanbali A, Bunn E and Mancera RL (2012) Current Issues in Plant Cryopreservation. In Current Frontiers in Cryobiology, ed. Igor I Katkov, 417-438. Read more via an external online library.

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