ARC DECRA Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Contact Details

Office 220B, Level 2 John Hines Building (62)
P: +61 (0)7 3346 9957
F: +61 (0)7 3365 3556
Batley Lab

Short Biography

Annaliese graduated from her PhD studies at The University of Western Australia in April 2011. Her PhD studies included a 3 month research visit to Le Institut National de Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Le Rheu, France. She also spent six months as an Endeavour Research Fellow at Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, China, before joining the Batley lab in May 2011. In 2012 she was the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) which she is currently undertaking.

Research interests

She is interested in polyploidy, interspecific hybridisation and evolution. Her work in Brassica has previously encompassed formation of unreduced gametes (pollen and ovules with the somatic chromosome number), chromosome behaviour in interspecific hybrids, abnormal meiosis and chromosome inheritance. She is interested in formation of new species in both evolutionary and breeding contexts, and in particular the mechanisms of polyploid formation and genome stabilisation after polyploidisation.

Research Skills


  • Fluorescent in-situ hybridisation (GISH and BAC-FISH)
  • Meiotic analysis (assessing chromosome behaviour during meiosis)
  • Sporad and gamete analysis, including assessment of unreduced gamete production
  • Chromosome counting

Molecular genetics

  • DNA extractions
  • PCR-based molecular markers
  • DNA fragment cloning and sequencing
  • DNA fragment copy number analysis (ABI sequencer)

Flow cytometry

  • DNA content in plant tissue

Current Projects

  • Creating a new allohexaploid Brassica crop species
  • Investigating mechanisms of species formation in Brassica
  • Chromosome behaviour and inheritance in interspecific Brassica hybrids

Achievement Highlights

2012 Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (ARC DECRA)
2012 Grains Research and Development Council (GRDC) Travel Award
2010 Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship
2009 School of Plant Biology Postgraduate Conference prize for best student presentation
2009 Convocation Postgraduate Travel Award
2008 Mike Carroll Travelling Fellowship
2007 Canola Breeders Western Australia (CBWA) prize for best student presentation
2006 Value Added Wheat CRC 4th year/Honours student prize


1. Kaitao Lai, Chris Duran, Paul J. Berkman, Micha? T. Lorenc, Jiri Stiller, Sahana Manoli, Matthew Hayden, Kerrie Forrest, Delphine Fleury, Ute Baumann, Manuel Zander, Annaliese Mason, Jacqueline Batley and David Edwards (In Press) Single nucleotide polymorphism discovery from wheat next-generation sequence data. Plant Biotechnology Journal, In Press, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7652.2012.00718.x

2. Alice Hayward, Annaliese S. Mason, Jessica Dalton-Morgan, Manuel Zander, David Edwards, Jacqueline Batley (2012) SNP discovery and applications in Brassica napus. Journal of Plant Biotechnology 39:49-61

3. Annaliese Mason, Guijun Yan, Wallace A. Cowling, Matthew N. Nelson (2012) A new method for producing allohexaploid Brassica through unreduced gametes. Euphytica 186:277-287

4. Jun Zou, Donghui Fu, Huihui Gong, Wei Qian, Wei Xia, J. Chris Pires, RuiYuan Li, Yan Long, Annaliese S. Mason, Tae-Jin Yang, Yong Pyo Lim, Beom Seok Park, Jinling Meng (2011) De novo genetic variation associated with retrotransposon activation, genomic rearrangements and trait variation in a recombinant inbred line population of Brassica napus derived from interspecific hybridization with B. rapa. The Plant Journal 68(2):212-224

5. Sheng Chen, Matthew N. Nelson, Anne-Marie Chèvre, Eric Jenczewski, Zaiyun Li, Annaliese S. Mason, Jinling Meng, Julie A. Plummer, Aneeta Pradhan, Kadambot H. M. Siddique, Rod J. Snowdon, Guijun Yan, Weijun Zhou, and Wallace A. Cowling (2011) "Trigenomic bridges for Brassica improvement." Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences 30(6):524-547

6. Annaliese S. Mason, Matthew N. Nelson, Guijun Yan and Wallace A. Cowling (2011) Production of viable male unreduced gametes in Brassica interspecific hybrids is genotype specific and stimulated by cold temperatures. BMC Plant Biology 11: 103

7. Annaliese S. Mason, Matthew N. Nelson, Marie-Claire Castello, Guijun Yan and Wallace A. Cowling (2011) "Genotypic effects on the frequency of homoeologous and homologous recombination in Brassica napus × B. carinata hybrids." Theoretical and Applied Genetics 122(3): 543-553

8. Annaliese S. Mason, Virginie Huteau, Frédérique Eber, Olivier Coriton, Guijun Yan, Matthew N. Nelson, Wallace A. Cowling and Anne-Marie Chèvre (2010) "Genome structure affects the rate of autosyndesis and allosyndesis in AABC, BBAC and CCAB Brassica interspecific hybrids." Chromosome Research 18(6): 655-666

9. Matthew N. Nelson, Annaliese S. Mason, Marie-Claire Castello, Linda Thomson, Guijun Yan and Wallace A. Cowling (2009) "Microspore culture preferentially selects unreduced (2n) gametes from an interspecific hybrid of Brassica napus L. × Brassica carinata Braun." Theoretical and Applied Genetics 119(3): 497-505

10. Guijun Yan, Matthew N. Nelson, Aneeta Pradhan, Annaliese S. Mason, Shyama R. Weerakoon, Ping Si, Julie Plummer and Wallace Cowling (2009) Progress towards the creation of trigenomic Brassica hexaploid populations. SABRAO Journal of Breeding and Genetics 41: Special Supplement 00274

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