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Matthew Wilson

Lecturer - Food Science and Technology

Room 453 , Life Sciences - Building 34

0408 460 849 (phone)

M.D.Wilson@utas.edu.au

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.

Biography

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

Qualifications

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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Expertise

  • 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)
  • Horticultural crop protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds) (300804)
  • Sustainable agricultural development (300210)
  • Food chemistry and food sensory science (300602)
  • Crop and pasture nutrition (300407)
  • Horticultural crop improvement (incl. selection and breeding) (300803)
  • Plant physiology (310806)
  • Food technology (300607)
  • Agrochemicals and biocides (incl. application) (300401)
  • Crop and pasture post harvest technologies (incl. transportation and storage) (300408)
  • Surface water hydrology (370704)
  • Agricultural economics (380101)

Research Objectives

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables (post harvest) (260402)
  • Horticultural crops (260599)
  • Ornamentals, natives, flowers and nursery plants (260510)
  • Wheat (260312)
  • Berry fruit (excl. kiwifruit) (260503)
  • Sustainability indicators (190209)
  • 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)
  • Field grown vegetable crops (260505)
  • 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)
  • Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) (190101)
  • Crop and pasture protection chemicals (240103)
  • Other Indigenous (219999)
  • Poultry (100411)
  • Processed meat products (241312)

Publications

Total publications

12

Journal Article

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Wilson M, 'Innovative packaging of fresh food products', Food Australia, 73, (3) pp. 40-42. ISSN 1032-5298 (2021) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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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 - 11Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Zhou D; Meinke H

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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 - 12Web of Science - 12

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

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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]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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

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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 - 76Web of Science - 62

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

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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

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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

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Conference Publication

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Tang KH, Riaz A, Pleming D, Newell M, Wilson M, et al., 'The effects of growing conditions on grain quality characteristics and functionality of Australian-grown perennial wheat', Proceedings of the Perennial Artisan Grains Workshop, 15-17 June 2021, Cowra, Australia, pp. 55-61. ISBN 978-1-76053-212-3 (2021) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Tang KH; Penrose B

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

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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

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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

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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

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

6

Total funding

$12,096,045

Projects

Agricultural Innovation Hubs Program (2022 - 2023)$2,499,999
Description
The University of Tasmania hosts one of eight Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs established across Australia under the Commonwealths Future Drought Fund. Hubs are intended to be enduring institutions. The current proposal is about the Commonwealths call to expand the Hubs remit to service four priority areas under the National Agricultural Innovation Agenda. If funded, the Hub in Tasmania will need to operate under two agreements: the current agreement for the Drought Hub and a new agreement that is about developing the Hubs pathway to expansion, while continuing to deliver to the Drought Hub under the current agreement. This proposal presents the Hubs Statement of Claims on its ability and commitment to deliver practical activities and a business case that supports the National Agricultural Innovation Agenda
Funding
Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment ($2,499,999)
Scheme
Agricultural Innovation Hubs Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Evans KJ; Mohammed CL; Kumar S; Field B; Jones ME; Anders RJ; Higgins VJ; Bryant M; Gracie AJ; Wilson MD; Harrison MT; Jordan GJ; O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; Barmuta LA; Remenyi TA; Kang BH; Amin M; Fraser SP; Kilpatrick SI; Barnes NR; Beasy KM; Stoeckl NE; D'Alessandro SP; Tian J; Chuah S; Norris K; Ferguson SG; Auckland SRJ
Period
2022 - 2023
Investigating environmental and management effects on iodine concentrations of Australian wheat for human health (2022)$702
Description
This proposal is just for use of the ANSTO ICP-MS facility to measure iodine in the wheat grains. We would need to get these analysed anyway, but this way our student gets excellent training and builds her networks, and we get the analysis for free. This is an Honours project that will investigate these questions: 1. How do distance from the coast, rainfall and soil type affect iodine concentrations in Australian wheat? 2. Which surfactant is best for improving iodine fertiliser uptake by wheat and transport to wheat grain to enhance iodine concentrations? This project will use archived samples from across WA, VIC and SA to understand how rainfall, distance from the coast and soil type affect iodine concentrations, and therefore which areas are most likely to produce wheat with iodine concentrations below the recommended level. The project will also use glasshouse experiments to investigate the best surfactant to use in order to maximise foliar uptake of iodine. This project will identify areas at risk of having below optimal wheat iodine concentrations, and will refine practical solutions for growers if they wish to biofortify crops with iodine. This Honours project is adjacent to the GRDC project Synchrotron Postdoctoral Fellow no. 4: Plants - Novel foliar fertilisers and nutrition trait diversity of grains. Honours supervisors are Beth Penrose (TIA), Matt Wilson (TIA), Richard Bell (Murdoch) and Tona Sanchez-Palacios (Murdoch). Beth and Matts time are already allocated for Honours supervision, and this proposal is just for use of the ANSTO ICP-MS facility to measure iodine in the wheat grains. It will not use any cash or in-kind from TIA.
Funding
Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation ($702)
Scheme
Research Portal
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Penrose B; Wilson MD; Bell R; Sanchez-Palacios T
Year
2022
Drought Resilience Tasmania - Actionable Knowledge and Solutions for Sustainable Prosperity (2021 - 2024)$9,530,969
Description
Water is a major asset for Tasmania linked to livelihoods, energy production, irrigated and rainfed agriculture, environmental management and conservation. Competing demands forwater intensify during droughts and as hot and dry years increase in number. Wise and fair water management requires a multi-stakeholder partnership to innovate for droughtresilience, optimal water management and self-reliance. Our Hub will enable drought preparedness in Tasmania through collective and co-designed actions that sustain Tasmaniashigh-value, clean, green international brand. We will engage with local knowledge and land stewardship through a deliberate and negotiated process and uphold the rights ofTasmanian Aboriginal people to benefit from innovations they enable. The Hub, for the first time, brings together the major players - farmers, land and water managers, researchers,and indigenous knowledge owners - who, together can reduce the risks associated with drought in Tasmania.
Funding
Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment ($9,530,969)
Scheme
Future Drought Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Evans KJ; Mohammed CL; Kumar S; Field B; Harris R; Jones ME; Anders RJ; Higgins VJ; Bryant M; Harrison MT; Gracie AJ; Wilson MD; Jordan GJ; O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; Barmuta LA; Remenyi TA; Kang BH; Amin M; Maiti A; Fraser SP; Kilpatrick SI; Barnes NR; Beasy KM; Coleman BJ; Stoeckl NE; D'Alessandro SP; Tian J; Chuah S; Norris K; Ferguson SG; Auckland SRJ
Period
2021 - 2024
Fermented beverage quality analysis (2021)$4,375
Funding
University of Tasmania ($4,375)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wilson MD; Sawyer S; Tran SN
Year
2021
Developing tools to screen native pepper for resistance to dieback and tolerance to drought (2019 - 2022)$30,000
Description
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.
Funding
Diemen Pepper ($30,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Barry KM; Wilson MD; Brodribb TJ; Cahill D
Period
2019 - 2022
Ethylene absorption technology to extend the shelf-life of fresh horticultural produce (2017 - 2019)$30,000
Description
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.
Funding
Bioconservacion SA ($15,000); DuPont ($15,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wilson MD; Stanley RA; Wills R
Period
2017 - 2019

Research Supervision

Current

2

Completed

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
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
PhDChinese Medicinal Herbs as New Crops: Growing systems and quality2022

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDExtending the Shelf Life of Fresh Horticultural Produce Under Industrial Settings by Modified Atmosphere Packaging Systems
Candidate: Ky Nha Huynh
2021
PhDImproving Quality Maintenance of Fresh-cut Watermelons
Candidate: Yan Zhi Lee
2021