Annaliese Mason

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Education and Employment

Jan 2012 - Dec 2014 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow at The University of Queensland, Brisbane

Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Jacqueline Batley


2010 - 2011 Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship at Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China

Supervisor: Prof. Jinling Meng


2007 - 2010 PhD at The University of Western Australia, Perth

Thesis title: Meiotic behaviour and chromosome inheritance in interspecific hybrids of the allotetraploid Brassica species.

Supervisors: Prof. Wallace Cowling, Assoc. Prof. Matthew Nelson, Assoc. Prof. Guijun Yan

Three month research visit: Brassica cytogenetics at INRA Le Rheu, France; supervisor Dr. Anne-Marie Chèvre


2006 BSc: Honours in Genetics at The University of Western Australia, Perth

Thesis title: Chromosomal evidence for dysfunctional meiosis in microspore-derived progeny of a Brassica napus x B. carinata interspecific F1 hybrid.

Supervisors: Prof. Wallace Cowling, Assoc. Prof. Matthew Nelson, Assoc. Prof. Guijun Yan


2005 BSc at The University of Western Australia, Perth

Genetics Major

Botany Major


Research Interests

My main research interests are in the area of genetics and genomics, and particularly in polyploidy, interspecific hybridisation and evolution. I am particularly interested in how new species evolve through hybridisation, i.e. how two species can come together to form a new species with genetic information from both parent species. This process is now known to be very common, particularly in the flowering plants, and is responsible for a lot of our agriculturally significant food crops. Examples of hybrid or many-genome (polyploid) species include wheat, potato, sugarcane, banana and canola.

The Brassica genus, which includes many important crops such as canola, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, turnip and mustards, provides an excellent model with which to explore the process of hybrid species formation. The species which comprises canola (B. napus), for instance, is an evolutionary hybrid between the species containing our cultivated cabbages (B. oleracea) and the species containing turnip, buk choy and other related vegetable types (B. rapa).

By investigating how hybrid species form, I hope to work out how to utilise these natural evolutionary processes for human agricultural benefit, making new Brassica crop types for food, oil and biofuel. Hybridisation and genome doubling are processes which often result in increased vigour and ability to exploit different environmental niches in nature. Hence, if we can harness these processes to produce new hybrid species, such species may have a wider tolerance of environmental conditions such as heat, drought and disease, which would be beneficial to human agriculture.

My 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. Particular questions I am interested in include mechanisms of hybrid formation, i.e. how do two species physically hybridise to create a new species (unreduced gametes or somatic doubling, pathways to polyploidy) and how hybrids regulate meiosis and chromosome pairing behaviour in order to form a new, stable and fertile species. I am 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.


Competitive Research Grant Funding

2013 - 2016 Australia-India Strategic Research Fund: Biotechnology - $300 000 : Creating a new Brassica crop species for food and biofuel

2013 - 2013 University of Queensland Early Career Researcher Award - $39 560 : Evolution of species through chromosome change

2012 - 2014 Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (ARC DECRA) - $375 000: New Brassica crop species through evolutionary breeding


Awards and Scholarships

2013 CASS Foundation Travel grant - $3000

2012 AAS - France-Australia Science Innovation Collaboration (FASIC) Program Early Career Fellowships - $9500

2012 Grains Research and Development Council (GRDC) Travel Award - $2000

2010 Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship - $23500

2009 School of Plant Biology Postgraduate Conference prize for best student presentation

2009 Convocation Postgraduate Travel Award - $2500

2008 Mike Carroll Travelling Fellowship - $5000

2007 Canola Breeders Western Australia (CBWA) prize for best student presentation

2006 Value Added Wheat CRC 4th year/Honours student prize - $4000


Conference Presentations

1. Oral: Annaliese S. Mason, Jacqueline Batley, Jessica Dalton-Morgan, Isobel A. Parkin and Matthew N. Nelson (2014) Brassica C Genome Centromere Locations Revealed Through Half-Tetrad Analysis. 19th Crucifer Genetics Workshop and Brassica 2014, Wuhan, China.

2. Oral: Annaliese S. Mason, Jacqueline Batley, Philipp E. Bayer, Alice Hayward, Wallace A. Cowling and Matthew N. Nelson (2013) Old flames re-unite: high-resolution molecular karyotyping uncovers pairing between ancestrally-related Brassica chromosomes. Plant Genome Evolution 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

3. Oral: Annaliese S. Mason, Wallace A. Cowling and Matthew N. Nelson (2012) Meiotic segregation is initiated by recent and ancient homoeologous regions in the haploid genomes of Brassica interspecific hybrids. VI International Symposium on Brassicas and XVIII Crucifer Genetics Workshop, Catania, Italy

4. Poster: Annaliese S. Mason, Virginie Huteau, Frédérique Eber, Olivier Coriton, Guijun Yan, Matthew N. Nelson, Wallace A. Cowling and Anne-Marie Chèvre (2012) Fluorescent in situ hybridisation reveals auto- and allosyndesis in trigenomic Brassica hybrids. International Conference for Polyploidy, Hybridization and Biodiversity 2012, Pruhonice near Prague, Czech Republic

5. Poster: Annaliese S. Mason, Matthew N. Nelson, Guijun Yan and Wallace A. Cowling (2012) The next leap in Brassica evolution? Harnessing unreduced gamete formation for the development of a new stable allohexaploid crop species. International Conference for Polyploidy, Hybridization and Biodiversity 2012, Pruhonice near Prague, Czech Republic

6. Oral: Annaliese S. Mason, Matthew N. Nelson, Guijun Yan and Wallace A. Cowling (2012) Cold temperatures, interspecific hybridisation and genotype influence unreduced gamete production in Brassica. 11th Gatersleben Research Conference: Chromosome Biology, Genome Evolution And Speciation, Gatersleben, Germany 

7. Oral: Annaliese S. Mason, Matthew N. Nelson, Guijun Yan and Wallace A. Cowling (2012) Unreduced gametes in Brassica: effects of genotype, temperature and interspecific hybridization. Plant and Animal Genome XX, San Diego, United States of America

8. Oral: Annaliese S. Mason, Guijun Yan, Wallace A. Cowling and Matthew N. Nelson (2011) Towards a Brassica allohexaploid from unreduced gametes. ComBio2011, Cairns, Australia

9. Oral: Annaliese S. Mason, Matthew N. Nelson, Guijun Yan and Wallace A. Cowling (2011) Creating trigenomic hexaploid plants from tetraploid Brassica species through unreduced gametes. 13th International Rapeseed Congress, Prague, Czech Republic

10. Poster: Annaliese S. Mason, Matthew N. Nelson, Guijun Yan and Wallace A. Cowling (2010) Unreduced gamete production in interspecific hybrids of the Brassica allotetraploid species. 17th Crucifer Genetics Workshop, Saskatoon, Canada

11. Poster: Annaliese S. Mason, Matthew N. Nelson, Guijun Yan and Wallace A. Cowling (2009) Creating allohexaploid Brassica through unreduced gametes. International Conference for Polyploidy, Hybridisation and Biodiversity (ICPHB), St Malo, France

12. Oral: Annaliese S. Mason, Matthew N. Nelson, Guijun Yan and Wallace A. Cowling (2009) Creating “Super Brassica” plants from canola and mustard species using unreduced gametes. The Royal Society of Western Australia Postgraduate Symposium, Perth, Australia

13. Oral: Annaliese S. Mason, Matthew N. Nelson, Guijun Yan and Wallace A. Cowling (2007) Molecular characterisation of a population derived from microspores of Brassica napus × B. carinata hybrids. In: M. Amjad and W. A. Cowling, (eds.) 15th Australian Research Assembly on Brassicas (ARAB15), 137-141. Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, Geraldton, Australia


Research Publications

Book Chapters


1. Annaliese S. Mason “SSR genotyping” In Batley J (Ed.) Methods in Molecular Biology: Plant Genotyping. In Press

2. Annaliese S. Mason “Challenges of genotyping polyploid species” In Batley J (Ed.) Methods in Molecular Biology: Plant Genotyping. In Press

3. Annaliese S. Mason (2013) “Molecular cytogenetics in crucifers” In Gupta S (Ed.) Biotechnology in Crucifers, Springer, New York, pp 13-22.


Peer-reviewed journal articles


In Press

4. Annaliese S. Mason and J. Chris Pires. Unreduced gametes: meiotic mishap or evolutionary mechanism? Trends in Genetics In Press

5. Nico De Storme and Annaliese S. Mason. Plant speciation through chromosome instability and ploidy change: cellular mechanisms, molecular factors and evolutionary relevance. Current Plant Biology In Press

6. Jessica Dalton-Morgan, Alice Hayward, Salman Alamery, Reece Tollenaere, Annaliese S. Mason, Emma Campbell, Dhwani Patel, Michał T. Lorenc, Bin Yi, Yan Long, Jinling Meng, Rosy Raman, Harsh Raman, Cindy Lawley, David Edwards, Jacqueline Batley. A high-throughput SNP array in the amphidiploid species Brassica napus shows diversity in resistance genes. Functional and Integrative Genomics In Press


2014

7. Wei Xia, Yong Xiao, Zheng Liu, Yi Luo, Annaliese S. Mason, Haikuo Fan, Yaodong Yang, Songlin Zhao, Ming Peng. Development of gene-based simple sequence repeat markers for association analysis in Cocos nucifera. Molecular Breeding 34(2):525-535

8. Zeshan An, Zhanglin Tang, Bi Ma, Annaliese S. Mason, Ying Guo, Jiaming Yin, Caihua Gao, Lijuan Wei, Jiana Li, Donghui Fu. Transposon variation by order during allopolyploidization between Brassica oleracea and Brassica rapa. Plant Biology 16(4): 825-835

9. Isobel AP Parkin, Chushin Koh, Haibao Tang, Stephen J Robinson, Sateesh Kagale, Wayne E Clarke, Chris D Town, John Nixon, Vivek Krishnakumar, Shelby L Bidwell, France Denoeud, Harry Belcram, Matthew G Links, Jérémy Just, Carling Clarke, Tricia Bender, Terry Huebert, Annaliese S. Mason, J Chris Pires, Guy Barker, Jonathan Moore, Peter G Walley, Sahana Manoli, Jacqueline Batley, Dave Edwards, Matthew N Nelson, Xiyin Wang, Andrew H Paterson, Graham King, Ian Bancroft, Boulos Chalhoub, Andrew G Sharpe (2014) Transcriptome and methylome profiling reveals relics of genome dominance in the mesopolyploid Brassica oleracea. Genome Biology 15(6):R77

10. Wei Xia, Annaliese S. Mason, Yong Xiao, Zheng Liu, Yaodong Yang, Xintao Lei, Xiaoming Wu, Zilong Ma, Ming Peng (2014) Analysis of multiple transcriptomes of the African oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) to identify reference genes for RT-qPCR. Journal of Biotechnology 184:63-73

11. Annaliese S. Mason, Matthew N. Nelson, Junko Takahira, Wallace A. Cowling, Gustavo Moreira Alves, Arkaprava Chaudhuri, Ning Chen, Mohana E. Ragu, Jessica Dalton-Morgan, Olivier Coriton, Virginie Huteau, Frédérique Eber, Anne-Marie Chèvre and Jacqueline Batley (2014) The fate of chromosomes and alleles in an allohexaploid Brassica population. Genetics 197:273-283

12. Annaliese S. Mason, Jacqueline Batley, Philipp E. Bayer, Alice Hayward, Wallace A. Cowling and Matthew N. Nelson (2014) High-resolution molecular karyotyping uncovers pairing between ancestrally-related Brassica chromosomes. New Phytologist 202 (3): 964–974

13. Wei Xia, Zheng Liu, Yaodong Yang, Yong Xiao, Annaliese S. Mason, Songlin Zhao, Zilong Ma (2014) Selection of reference genes for quantitative real-time PCR in Cocos nucifera during abiotic stress. Botany 92(3): 179-186

14. Qinghong Zhou, Donghui Fu, Annaliese S. Mason, Yongjun Zeng, Chaoxian Zhao, Yingjin Huang (2014) In silico integration of quantitative trait loci for seed yield and yield-related traits in Brassica napus. Molecular Breeding 33 (4): 881-894

15. Caihua Gao, Xiaodong Ren, Annaliese S. Mason, Honglei Liu, Meili Xiao, Jiana Li, Donghui Fu (2014) Horizontal Gene Transfer in Plants. Functional & Integrative Genomics 14(1): 23-29

16. Caihua Gao, Jiaming Yin, Annaliese S. Mason, Zhanglin Tang, Xiaodong Ren, Chao Li, Zeshan An, Donghui Fu, Jiana Li. Regularities in simple sequence repeat variations induced by a cross of resynthesized Brassica napus and natural Brassica napus. Plant Omics Journal 7 (1), 35-46

17. Lijuan Wei, Zeshan An, Annaliese S. Mason, Meili Xiao, Fuyou Chen, Ying Guo, Jiana Li, Donghui Fu (2014) Extensive tRNA gene changes in synthetic Brassica napus. Journal of Molecular Evolution 78(1): 38-49


2013

18. Shunmou Huang, Linbin Deng, Mei Guan, Jiana Li, Kun Lu, Hanzhong Wang, Donghui Fu, Annaliese S. Mason, Shengyi Liu and Wei Hua (2013) Identification of genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphisms in allopolyploid crop Brassica napus. BMC Genomics 14:717

19. Donghui Fu, Bi Ma, Annaliese S. Mason, Meili Xiao, Lijuan Wei, Zeshan An (2013) MicroRNA‐based molecular markers: a novel PCR‐based genotyping technique in Brassica species. Plant Breeding 132 (4):375–381

20. Caihua Gao, Xiaodong Ren, Annaliese S. Mason, Jiana Li, Wei Wang, Meili Xiao, Donghui Fu (2013) Revisiting an important component of plant genomes: microsatellites. Functional Plant Biology 40, 645–661

21. Yong Xiao, Wei Xia, Yaodong Yang, Annaliese S. Mason, Xintao Lei, Zilong Ma (2013) Characterization and evolution of conserved miRNA through duplication events in date palm (Phoenix dactylifera). PLoS One 8(8): e71435

22. Yong Xiao, Yi Luo, Yaodong Yang, Haikuo Fan, Wei Xia, Annaliese S. Mason, Songlin Zhao, Ross Sager, Fei Qiao (2013) Development of microsatellite markers in Cocos nucifera and their application in evaluating the level of genetic diversity of Cocos nucifera. Plant Omics Journal 6(3):193-200

23. Yingchun Liu, Jiaming Yin, Meili Xiao, Annaliese S. Mason, Caihua Gao, Honglei Liu, Jiana Li, Donghui Fu (2013) Characterization of structure, divergence and regulation patterns of plant promoters. Journal of Molecular Biology Research 3(1): 23-36

24. Xinxin Geng, Sheng Chen, Ida Ayu Astarini, Guijun Yan, Entang Tian, Jinling Meng, Zaiyun Li, Xianhong Ge, Matthew N Nelson, Annaliese S. Mason, Aneeta Pradhan, Weijun Zhou, Wallace A Cowling (2013) Doubled haploids of novel trigenomic Brassica derived from various interspecific crosses. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 113(3): 501-511

25. Lijuan Wei, Meili Xiao, Annaliese S. Mason, Bi Ma, Donghui Fu (2013) Characterization and evolutionary analysis of Brassica species-diverged sequences containing simple repeat units. Genes and Genomics 35:167–175

26. Lijuan Wei, Meili Xiao, Zeshan An, Bi Ma, Annaliese S. Mason, Wei Qian, Jiana Li, Donghui Fu (2013) New insights into nested long terminal repeat retrotransposons in Brassica species. Molecular Plant 6 (2): 470-482

27. Haikuo Fan, Yong Xiao, Yaodong Yang, Wei Xia, Annaliese S. Mason, Zhihui Xia, Fei Qiao, Songlin Zhao, Haoru Tang (2013) RNA-Seq analysis of Cocos nucifera: transcriptome sequencing and de novo assembly for subsequent functional genomics approaches. PLoS One 8(3):e59997

28. Bi Ma, Lijuan Wei, Annaliese S. Mason, Meili Xiao, Zeshan An, Qinghong Zhou, Surinder S. Banga, Donghui Fu (2013) Characterization and comparison of key genes involved with flowering time regulation from Arabidopsis thaliana, Oryza sativa, and Zea mays. African Journal of Biotechnology 12 (4): 353-363


2012

29. Yong Xiao, Yaodong Yang, Hongxing Cao, Haikuo Fan, Zilong Ma, Xintao Lei, Annaliese S. Mason, Zhihui Xia, Xi Huang (2012) Efficient isolation of high quality RNA from tropical palms for RNA-seq analysis. Plant Omics Journal, 5(6):584-589

30. Honglei Liu, Jiaming Yin, Meili Xiao, Caihua Gao, Annaliese S. Mason, Zunkang Zhao, Yingchun Liu, Jiana Li and Donghui Fu (2012) Characterization and evolution of 5′ and 3′ untranslated regions in eukaryotes. Gene 507(2):106–111

31. Kaitao Lai, Chris Duran, Paul J. Berkman, Michał T. Lorenc, Jiri Stiller, Sahana Manoli, Matthew J. Hayden, Kerrie L. Forrest, Delphine Fleury, Ute Baumann, Manuel Zander, Annaliese S. Mason, Jacqueline Batley and David Edwards (2012) Single nucleotide polymorphism discovery from wheat next-generation sequence data. Plant Biotechnology Journal 10(6):743-749

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

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


2011

34. 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

35. 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

36. 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

37. 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


2010

38. 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


2009

39. 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

40. 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

Contact Details

Dr. Annaliese Mason

Email: annaliese.mason@uq.edu.au

Phone: +61 (07) 334-54325

Rm 221D, John Hines Building

The University of Queensland 4072

Brisbane, Australia