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List of Publications

Research expertise

  • Agricultural biotechnology
  • Biochemistry and cell biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental biotechnology
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Medical biotechnology
  • Microbiology

Research interests

Details of Research projects:

Actinomycetes and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

  • Strategies for the isolation of novel actinobacteria
  • Discovery of novel microbial metabolites
  • Actinomycete ecology and characterisation
  • Molecular biology techniques in biodiversity
  • Actinobacterial endophytes- pharmaceutical and agricultural applications


  • Fermentation technology of microbial and plant cells
  • Expression and manipulation of secondary metabolism
  • Purification and characterisation of actinobacterial compounds
  • Bioprocessing for functional foods and cosmeceuticals
  • Biofuels and renewable energy

Marine Biotechnology

  • Bioactives from seaweed, sponge and sea cucumbers
  • Prebiotic evaluation of seaweed and seaweed components
  • Value addition to fish processing co-products
  • Sponge-bacterial interactions

External Research Collaborations

  • Chris Dunlap (USDA- NRRL) on NGS of wheat growing ecosystems
  • Anil Sharma, Pantnagar, and Gupta Vadakattu, CSIRO, Adelaide . Australia india Strategic Research Fund on wheat microbiome to counter drought stress.
  • Yonghua Zhu, Hunan University. GM Rice -environmental impact
  • Steve Barnett, Ross Ballard (SARDI) and Lambert Brau (Murdoch Univ). GRDC Beneficial Microbes Programs 1 and 2.
  • Qingdao Great Gather Ocean Group, Qingdao, on new products from Sea weed.
  • Ross Ballard & Dr Liz Drew (SARDI), Interactions of Beneficial Microbes
  • Calum Wilson & Robert Teeg (Univ. Tasmania). HAL: Application of Actinobacterial endophytes for potato cultivation and disease control.
  • Eileen Scott & Amanda Able (Univ Adelaide) on Control of Phytophtora. Co-supervision of PhD candidate.
  • Gupta Vadakattu, CSIRO Ecosystems, Adelaide, Co-supervision of Research Higher degree students
  • Ern Lacey, MST Sydney, on Screening and production of new actinoband molecular acterial metabolites.
  • Margaret Roper, CSIRO Plant Industries, Perth, on Plant-associated microorganisms for improved grain yield. Co-Investigator on GRDC grant.
  • Rose Loria, Dept Plant Pathology, Cornell University, on Molecular interactions of actinomycete endophytes.
  • CRC for Seafood, with Simplot Australia and Tasmanian Seafoods on Seafood co-product utilisation and sea cuucmber

  • Mehbub, M.F., Tanner, J., Barnett, S.J., Franco, C.M. and Zhang, W. (2016). The role of sponge-bacteria interactions: the sponge Aplysilla rosea challenged by its associated bacterium Streptomyces ACT-52A in a controlled aquarium system. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 100(24) pp. 10609-10626. 
    [10.1007/s00253-016-7878-9] [Scopus]
  • Chahal, C.S., Van Den Akker, B., Young, F.M., Franco, C.M., Blackbeard, J. and Monis, P. (2016). Chapter Two – Pathogen and Particle Associations in Wastewater: Significance and Implications for Treatment and Disinfection Processes. ADVANCES IN APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY, 97 pp. 63-119. 
    [10.1016/bs.aambs.2016.08.001] [Scopus]
  • Mehbub, M.F., Franco, C.M. and Zhang, W. (2015). Secondary metabolites from microorganisms isolated from marine sponges from 2000 to 2012. In Dharumadurai Dhanasekaran, Nooruddin Thajuddin, A. Panneerselvam, ed. Antimicrobials: Synthetic and Natural Compounds. Florida: CRC Press, pp. 279-317.
  • Franco, C.M. and Labeda, D. (2014). Order Pseudonocardiales. In Eugene Rosenberg, Edward F. DeLong, Stephen Lory, Erko Stackebrandt, Fabiano Thompson, ed. The Prokaryotes Actinobacteria. 4th Edition ed. USA: Springer, pp. 743-860. 
    [10.1007/978-3-642-30138-4] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Govindasamy, V., Franco, C.M. and Vadakattu, G. (2014). Endophytic Actinobacteria: Diversity and Ecology. In Verma, Vikay C; Gange, Alan C, ed. Advances in Endophytic Research. New Delhi, India: Springer, pp. 27-60. 
    [Web Link]
  • Franco, C.M. (2012). Genus Microbispora. In M Goodfellow, P Kämpfer, H-J Busse, ME Trujillo, K Suzuki, W Ludwig & WB Whitman, ed. Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, vol. 5, The Actinobacteria. 2nd ed. New York: Springer, pp. 1831-1838. 
  • Franco, C.M. (2012). Genus IV: Microbispora. In Whitman, William; Parte, Aidan; Goodfellow, Michael; Kampfer, Peter; Busse, Hans-Jurgen; Trujillo, Martha E; Ludwig, Wolfgang; Suzuki, Ken-ichiro, ed. Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, vol. 5, The Actinobacteria. 2 ed. USA: Springer, pp. 1831-1838. 
    [Web Link]
  • Franco, C.M., Clarke, P.J., Tate, M.E. and Oades, J.M. (2003). Chemical characterisation of water repellant materials in Australian sands. In C. J. Ritsema, L. W. Dekker, ed. Soil Water Repellency: Occurrence, Consequences, and Amelioration. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 37-50. 
  • Adams, J.R., Franco, C.M., Schmidt, L., Sentence, C., Tham, R.K.W., Young, F.M., et al. (2011).Production of bioactives using in vitro culture of cells from organs sourced from the meat processing industry: Final report. Sydney, Australia: Meat and Livestock Australia Limited. 
  • Hine, D., Barnard, R., Rifkin, W., Bridge, W., Franco, C.M., Schmidt, L., et al. (2008). Extending teaching and learning initiatives in the cross-disciplinary field of biotechnology. Adelaide, SA: The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Ltd. 
    [Web Link]


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