Brian Gunning

Emeritus Professor Brian Gunning FAA, FRS, Hon MRIA is a Visiting Fellow in the Mathesius Lab, Division of Plant Science.

Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science 1979

Fellow of the Royal Society of London 1980

Honorary Member Royal Irish Academy 1999

Emeritus Professor Australian National University 1998

Research interests

Plant cell biology


Selected publications

Gunning, B. E. S., Jahnke, R,. Manifold, M., Wellington, A. B. An Autobiography and Biography of Denis John Carr, Botanist, Scholar, Mentor. pp. 1-390, Phytoglyph Press 2021

  • Hepler, P. K, Pickett-Heaps, J. D. and Gunning, B. E. S. (2013) Some retrospectives on early studies of plant microtubules. The Plant Journal 75:189-201

  • Gunning BES. (2009) Plant Cell Biology on DVD: Information for Students and a Resource for Teachers. DVD Springer Verlag 2009. The DVD provides browsing for students at all levels, and is a major resource of teaching material for tutors/lecturers. It contain >2000 images and >250 movie sequences/animations covering an introduction to plant cells, nuclei, ER, Golgi, plasma membrane, plasmodesmata, vacuole, mitochondria, plastids, peroxisomes, cytoskeleton, vesicle trafficking and organelle interactions. (now out of print but copies available from BESG)

  • Gunning BES, Koenig F, Govindjee (2006) A dedication to pioneers of research on chloroplast structure. Historical introduction. In: The Structure and Function of Plastids. (Eds. RR Wise, JK Hoober) Vol 23 in the series "Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration", Series Editor Govindjee, Springer. pp xi-xx.

  • Gunning BES (2005) Plastid stromules: video microscopy of their outgrowth, retraction, tensioning, anchoring, branching, bridging and tip-shedding. Protoplasma 225, 33-42.
  • Gunning BES (2001) Membrane geometry of “open” prolamellar bodies. Protoplasma 215, 4-15.
  • Gunning BES (2000) John Heslop Harrison. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society of London 46, 197-217.
  • Gunning BES (2000) John Heslop Harrison. Extended Biography and Edited Autobiography. pp 1-306.
  • Gunning BES, Schwartz OM (1999) Confocal microscopy of thylakoid autofluorescence in relation to origin of grana and phylogeny in the green algae. Australian Journal of Plant Physiology 26, 695-708.
  • Pickett-Heaps J D, Gunning BES, Brown RC, Lemmon BE, Cleary AC (1999) The cytoplast concept in dividing plant cells: cytoplasmic domains and the evolution of spatially organized cell division. American Journal of Botany 86, 153-172.
  • Gunning BES (1998) The identity of mystery organelles in Arabidopsis plants expressing GFP. Trends in Plant Science 3, 417.
  • Hepler P K, Gunning BES (1998) Confocal fluorescence microscopy of plant cells. Protoplasma 201, 121-157.
  • Gunning BES, Steer MW (1996) Plant Cell Biology: Structure and Function. Jones and Bartlett, Boston. pp 1-131. (German translation, Biologie der Pflanzenzelle, Gustav Fischer Verlag, Stuttgart, 1995).
  • Vesk P, Vesk M, Gunning BES (1996) Field emission scanning electron microscopy of microtubule arrays in plant cells. Protoplasma 195, 168-181.