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Christopher Jones

Dr Christopher Jones

Adjunct Lecturer
Agriculture and Environment, School of

Contact details
School of Agriculture and Environment
The University of Western Australia (M084)
35 Stirling Highway
Room 2.129, Central Agriculture Building, Crawley campus
BSc NE PhD W.Aust.
B.Sc. (University of New England), Grad. Dip. Sci. (University of Western Australia), PhD (University of Western Australia).

Currently a postdoc in the School of Plant Biology
Key research
Plant secondary metabolism, terpenoid biosynthesis in Santalum spp. Tree improvement and plant breeding, functional genomics
Jones CG, Plummer JA, Barbour EL, Byrne M (2009) Genetic diversity of the Australian Santalum album collection – tree improvement potential and biogeographic considerations. Silvae Genetica 58, 279-286.C

Jones CG & Plummer JA (2008) Sandalwood. in Compendium of Transgenic Crop Plants: Transgenic Forest Tree Species (eds. Kole, C. & Hall, T.C.) 309-320 (Blackwell Publishing, Oxford UK).

Jones CG, Keeling CI, Ghisalberti EL, Barbour EL, Plummer JA, Bohlmann J (2008) Isolation of cDNAs and functional characterisation of two multi-product terpene synthase enzymes from sandalwood, Santalum album L. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 477, 121-130.B

Jones CG, Plummer JA, Barbour EL (2007) Non-destructive sampling of Indian Sandalwood (Santalum album L.) for oil content and composition Journal of Essential Oil Research 19, 157-164C

Jones CG, Ghisalberti EL, Plummer JA, Barbour EL (2006) Quantitative co-occurrence of sesquiterpenes; a tool for elucidating their biosynthesis in Indian sandalwood, Santalum album. Phytochemistry 67, 2463–2468.B
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Laboratory manager and key researcher on the sandalwood project. I also co-supervise a PhD student (Jessie Moniodis).
Future research
Awaiting funds... :)
Funding received
2007: Wrote proposal for ARC Linkage Project (LP0882690) “Elucidation of genetic and physiological factors controlling sesquiterpenoid biosynthesis in Sandalwood, Santalum sp.” CI’s: A/Prof Julie A Plummer and A/Prof Emilio L Ghisalberti (UWA) PI’s: Dr Liz Barbour (Forest Products Commission of WA) and A/Prof Jörg Bohlmann (University of British Columbia) $485,000 (ARC) $204,000 (Industry)

2004: Wrote proposal for ARC-Linkage Project (LP045191) “Indian sandalwood: Genetic and oil diversity, and biochemistry of the Australian germplasm collection” CI’s: A/Prof Julie A Plummer and A/Prof Emilio L Ghisalberti (UWA) PI’s Dr Liz Barbour (Forest Products Commission of WA) and Dr Margaret Byrne (WA Department of Environment and Conservation)$70,670 (ARC) $15,000 (Industry)
Industrial relevance
I conduct applied research of direct importance to the forestry industry, through improvement of high-value tree crops like sandalwood.
Royal Australian Chemical Society
Australian Society of Plant Scientists
Honours and awards
2010: UWA ECR supplementary travel grant ($750)
2005: UWA Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Mary Janet Lindesay of Yanchep memorial fund travel grant $1000
2005: UWA Postgraduate Students Association / Convocation Research Travel Award
2005: UWA Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Mike Carroll Travelling Fellowship
2005: Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) Science and Innovation Awards for Young People. Sponsored by the Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation by provision of research funds $10,000
Useful links
Current projects
Sandalwood II
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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