Matthew Wilson

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Matthew Wilson

Lecturer - Food Science and Technology

Room 453 , Life Sciences - Building 34

0408 460 849 (phone)

Dr Matthew Wilson is a Lecturer in Food Science and Technology, teaching in processing, safety, nutrition and innovation in the food industry. His research interests specialise in the field of food packaging, quality and shelf-life.


Matthew was an undergraduate Agricultural Science student at the University of Tasmania from 2006-2009, and a PhD student from 2011-2015 in the School of Land and Food.

Matthew’s PhD project concerned the commercial development of a native Tasmanian “bushfood” species, with a strong focus on key flavour and fragrance attributes.

Career summary


Degree Thesis Title UniversityCountryAwarded
PhD Commercial development of Tasmannia lanceolata University of Tasmania Australia 2015
GradCertRes  University of Tasmania Australia 2015
BAgrSc (1st Class Hons)Effects of frost and herbicide application on pyrethrumUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2009

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  • Fresh food packaging
  • Essential oils
  • Plant extracts
  • Frost management
  • New crop development

Research Themes

Matthew’s research aligns to the University’s research theme of Environment, Resources and Sustainability.

His research interests include understanding how innovative packaging techniques can extend shelf-life and preserve quality of fresh fruits and vegetables.

More broadly his research has included work investigating cultural and management conditions influencing the growth and development of horticultural crops, as well as plant physiology, nutrition, pollination and plant extract production. He is also interested in using gas chromatography and sensory evaluation techniques.

Fields of Research

  • Horticultural crop growth and development (300802)
  • Food packaging, preservation and processing (300604)
  • Food safety, traceability, certification and authenticity (300605)
  • Post harvest horticultural technologies (incl. transportation and storage) (300806)
  • Sustainable agricultural development (300210)
  • Horticultural crop improvement (incl. selection and breeding) (300803)
  • Horticultural crop protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds) (300804)
  • Plant physiology (310806)
  • Food technology (300607)
  • Food chemistry and food sensory science (300602)
  • Surface water hydrology (370704)
  • Agricultural economics (380101)

Research Objectives

  • Horticultural crops (260599)
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables (post harvest) (260402)
  • Ornamentals, natives, flowers and nursery plants (260510)
  • Sustainability indicators (190209)
  • Berry fruit (excl. kiwifruit) (260503)
  • Processed food products and beverages (excl. dairy products) (241399)
  • Carcass meat (incl. fish and seafood) (241303)
  • Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments (180602)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Social impacts of climate change and variability (190103)
  • Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences (280101)
  • Manufacturing standards and calibrations (150403)
  • Air freight (270101)
  • Other Indigenous (219999)
  • Processed meat products (241312)
  • Poultry (100411)


Total publications


Journal Article

(6 outputs)
2021Zhou D, Meinke H, Wilson M, Marcelis LFM, Heuvelink E, 'Towards delivering on the sustainable development goals in greenhouse production systems', Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 169 Article 105379. ISSN 0921-3449 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105379 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Zhou D; Meinke H


2019Huynh NK, Wilson MD, Eyles A, Stanley RA, 'Recent advances in postharvest technologies to extend the shelf life of blueberries (Vaccinium sp.), raspberries (Rubus idaeus L.) and blackberries (Rubus sp.)', Journal of Berry Research, 9, (4) pp. 687-707. ISSN 1878-5093 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3233/JBR-190421 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Huynh NK; Eyles A; Stanley RA


2018Wilson MD, Latinovic A, Davies NW, McQuillan PB, Menary RC, 'Native pollinator management may be a key to improving fruit set in Tasmanian Mountain Pepper, Tasmannia lanceolata (Winteraceae), an emerging spice resource', Journal of Crop Improvement, 32, (3) pp. 331-352. ISSN 1542-7528 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/15427528.2018.1430088 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Latinovic A; Davies NW; McQuillan PB; Menary RC


2017Wilson MD, Stanley RA, Eyles A, Ross T, 'Innovative processes and technologies for packaging of fresh fruit and vegetables: a review', Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 59, (3) pp. 411-422. ISSN 1040-8398 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2017.1375892 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 46

Co-authors: Stanley RA; Eyles A; Ross T


2016Wilson MD, Menary RC, Close DC, 'Effects of N, P and K on polygodial leaf extract of Tasmannia lanceolata (Poir.) A.C. Smith', Journal of Essential Oil Research, 28, (6) pp. 512-517. ISSN 1041-2905 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10412905.2016.1160845 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Menary RC; Close DC


2015Wilson M, Menary RC, Close DC, 'Effects of tree guards and mulching on plantation establishment of 'Tasmanian Native Pepper' (Tasmannia lanceolata (Poir.) A.C. Smith)', Journal of Applied Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, 2, (4) pp. 154-159. ISSN 2214-7861 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jarmap.2015.07.004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Menary RC; Close DC


Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
2019Wilson MD, Wang B, Huynh NK, 'Shelf-life extension of fresh basil, coriander, mint and parsley', Acta Horticulturae 1245: Proceedings of the International Forum on Horticultural Product Quality, 22 August 2018, Bangkok, Thailand, pp. 139-143. ISSN 0567-7572 (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2019.1245.20 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Wang B; Huynh NK


2018Lee YZ, Wilson MD, Ross T, Davies NW, Stanley RA, 'Effects of pre- and post-cut storage temperatures on fresh-cut watermelon quality and shelf-life', 4th Asia Symposium on Quality Management in Postharvest Systems, 12-14 September 2017, Jeonju, South Korea. Acta Horticulturae, pp. 249-255. ISSN 0567-7572 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1210.35 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Ross T; Davies NW; Stanley RA


2018Wilson MD, Menary RC, Close DC, 'Horticultural ecophysiology of Tasmanian native pepper', Proceedings of the XI International Symposium on Integrating Canopy, Rootstock and Environmental Physiology in Orchard Systems, 28 August - 2 September 2016, Bologna, Italy, Acta Horticulturae vol. 1228, pp. 385-390. ISSN 0567-7572 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1228.57 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Menary RC; Close DC


2016Wilson MD, Menary RC, Close DC, 'Plant nutrition, growth and polygodial production of Tasmannia lanceolata', Acta Horticulturae, 17-22 August 2014, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 377-382. ISSN 0567-7572 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1125.49 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Menary RC; Close DC


Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Developing tools to screen native pepper for resistance to dieback and tolerance to drought (2019 - 2022)$30,000
In this project we will seek to characterise genetic variation for superior disease resistance and drought tolerance, using novel screening methods including physiological, chemical and molecular markers. In doing so, we will characterise over 100 genotypes. This project is significant as it will have both a commercial outcome for a burgeoning boutique market. The project will support a PhD student and involve collaboration with Deakin University and Diemen Pepper.
Diemen Pepper ($30,000)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Barry KM; Wilson MD; Brodribb TJ; Cahill D
2019 - 2022
Ethylene absorption technology to extend the shelf-life of fresh horticultural produce (2017 - 2019)$30,000
The project would extend the existing work of the ARC Training Centre in Innovative Horticultural Products to include relatedwork on removal of ethylene from fruit and vegetable shipping systems in order to extend shelf-life and/or minimise temperature coolingrequirements and thus save energy. The project would potentially run as 2 Masters Projects funded via Prof Ron Wills (Emeritus University ofNewcastle) with funding he has attracted from Spanish air and gas purification specialists Bioconservacion, and DuPont, an American multinationalchemical company which produces innovative plastic packaging. It would validate and publish the ability of commercial scrubbing systems to removeethylene from selected transport chains and be carried out both at UTAS and the University of Newcastle/NSW DPI, and in industry trials.
Bioconservacion SA ($15,000); DuPont ($15,000)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wilson MD; Stanley RA; Wills R
2017 - 2019

Research Supervision






PhDExtending the Shelf Life of Fresh Horticultural Produce Under Industrial Settings by Modified Atmosphere Packaging Systems2017
PhDOpportunities for Greenhouse Vegetable Production in Australian Temperate Regions2018
PhDDeveloping Tools to Screen Native Pepper for Resistance to Phytophthora Cinnamomi and Drought ToleranceDeveloping Tools to Screen Native Pepper for Resistance to Phytophthora Cinnamomi and Drought Tolerance2019


PhDImproving Quality Maintenance of Fresh-cut Watermelons
Candidate: Yan Zhi Lee