Category Archives: Lecture

Herbicide resistance seminar at Roseworthy Campus

The Weed Management Society of South Australia is hosting a seminar event on herbicide resistance and weed management featuring Dr Jason Norsworthy from the University of Arkansas and Dr Christopher Preston from the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus.

It will be held on Friday the 15th of February in the Richardson Theatre, Callaghan Building, Roseworthy Campus. The seminar event is free to attend

For more information (including a campus map) go to the Society’s Events page here

Podcast: Young – Sustainable water and natural resource management

Listen to a podcast of Prof Mike Young, Chair in Water Economics and Management at the University of Adelaide presenting on “Sustainable water and natural resource management”.

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From the Natural Resources in Demand Symposium Global and Local Perspectives October 11th, 2012.

Sponsors and partners include:

AARES: Australian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society [http://www.aares.org.au/]

RIRDC Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation [http://www.rirdc.gov.au/]
PIRSA Primary Industries and Regions SA [http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/]
The Waite Research Institute at the University of Adelaide [http://www.adelaide.edu.au/wri/]
More information about the symposium (including registration) can be found on the School’s events page.
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  • The land that feeds us: global scarcity and its implications – Dr Derek Byerlee, International Agricultural Policy Specialist and author of “Rising Global Interest in Farmland”
  • Sustainable water and natural resource management – Prof Mike Young, Chair in Water Economics and Management at the University of Adelaide
  • China and India’s policy options for their global food and nutrition security – Dr Shenggen Fan, Director General, The International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC
  • Growth in emerging economies: impact on global food security by 2030 – Prof Kym Anderson, George Gollin Professor of Economics, Executive Director of the Wine Economics Research Centre, University of Adelaide
  • Morning speaker panel – moderated by Prof Roger Leigh, Director Waite Research Institute, University of Adelaide
  • Building Competitive Agricultural Landscapes for South Australia: Resources, Policies, and Regional Image: Welcome and Introduction – Prof Randy Stringer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
  • South Australia’s Land and Soil Resources – James Hall, South Australia Principal Soil Scientist
  • South Australia’s Water Policy and Resources – Prof Mike Young, Chair in Water Economics and Management at the University of Adelaide
  • Ways to Keep Land in Agriculture – Dave Sands, Former Regional Director, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
  • Q&A – moderated by Prof Randy Stringer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
  • Opening of overview of final session – Prof Randy Stringer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
  • Why Promoting Regions Works – Assoc Prof Wendy J. Umberger, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
  • How Europeans Support Regions – Dr Douglas Bardsley, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Environment and Population, School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide
  • How to Capture Regional Values – Prof Maria L. Loureiro, Department of Economics, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Afternoon speaker panel – moderated by Prof Randy Stringer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide

Podcast: Shenggen Fan – China and India’s policy options for their global food and nutrition security

Listen to a podcast of Dr Shenggen Fan, Director General, The International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC presenting “China and India’s policy options for their global food and nutrition security”.

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From the Natural Resources in Demand Symposium Global and Local Perspectives October 11th, 2012.

Sponsors and partners include:

More information about the symposium (including registration) can be found on the School’s events page.

Podcast: The land that feeds us: global scarcity and its implications

Listen to a podcast of Dr Derek Byerlee, International Agricultural Policy Specialist and author of “Rising Global Interest in Farmland” presenting “The land that feeds us: global scarcity and its implications”.

From the Natural Resources in Demand Symposium Global and Local Perspectives October 11th, 2012.

Natural Resources in Demand

 

The Waite Research Institute is proud to sponsor the upcoming symposium on “Natural Resources in Demand” hosted by the University of Adelaide’s School of Economics, to be held in the Plant Research Centre Auditorium on the 11th of October, 2012.

With an expected global population of 9 billion people by 2050, the demand for land and natural resources is greater than ever. The need to provide food security in the face of ever decreasing amounts of arable land and the implications of a changing climate add to the challenge. This symposium will give global and local perspectives on these topics by bringing together research and policy experts.

The symposium will feature the following speakers and talks:

  • Symposium opening and introduction – Prof Christopher Findlay, Executive Dean, Faculty of Professions, University of Adelaide
  • The land that feeds us: global scarcity and its implications – Dr Derek Byerlee, International Agricultural Policy Specialist and author of “Rising Global Interest in Farmland”
  • Sustainable water and natural resource management – Prof Mike Young, Chair in Water Economics and Management at the University of Adelaide
  • China and India’s policy options for their global food and nutrition security – Dr Shenggen Fan, Director General, The International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC
  • Growth in emerging economies: impact on global food security by 2030 – Prof Kym Anderson, George Gollin Professor of Economics, Executive Director of the Wine Economics Research Centre, University of Adelaide
  • Morning speaker panel – moderated by Prof Roger Leigh, Director Waite Research Institute, University of Adelaide
  • Building Competitive Agricultural Landscapes for South Australia: Resources, Policies, and Regional Image: Welcome and Introduction – Prof Randy Stringer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
  • South Australia’s Land and Soil Resources – James Hall, South Australia Principal Soil Scientist
  • South Australia’s Water Policy and Resources – Prof Mike Young, Chair in Water Economics and Management at the University of Adelaide
  • Ways to Keep Land in Agriculture – Dave Sands, Former Regional Director, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
  • Q&A – moderated by Prof Randy Stringer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
  • Opening of overview of final session – Prof Randy Stringer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
  • Why Promoting Regions Works – Assoc Prof Wendy J. Umberger, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
  • How Europeans Support Regions – Dr Douglas Bardsley, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Environment and Population, School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide
  • How to Capture Regional Values – Prof Maria L. Loureiro, Department of Economics, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Afternoon speaker panel – moderated by Prof Randy Stringer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide

More information about the symposium (including registration) can be found on the School’s events page here.

Use #food2050 to join in the discussion on Twitter. There will be live tweeting from the event and podcasts available shortly after.

 

Phosphorus in Agriculture workshop

The Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis Council and the Australian Society of Soil Science Inc are presenting a ‘Phosphorus in Agriculture’ workshop at the Waite Campus on Thursday, 20th of September.

The need for efficient use of phosphorus (P) in agricultural systems has been highlighted recently due to concerns about the finite nature of P fertiliser resources and the likelihood of increasing agricultural production costs due to rising fertiliser prices. At the other end of the spectrum there are environmental concerns associated with P-induced eutrophication of waterways, where run-off from P fertilisers, both organic and inorganic, is an issue.

The phosphorus cycle is complex with multiple chemical and biological functions working together to enable the soil to sustain crop and pasture P nutrition. In addition, the variability of soil types within Australian agricultural systems provides significant challenges for sound agronomic P management advice. This workshop brings together leading researchers and advisers to consider and discuss best-practice strategies that will address the requirement for improving P utilisation in agricultural systems to maximise economic outcomes and minimise detrimental effects on the environment.

Speakers include
•    Alan Richardson (CSIRO), Rob Norton (IPNRI), Ron Smernik, Sean Mason, Fien Degreyse, Maria Manjarrez (University of Adelaide), Phil Barnett (APAL), Roger Armstrong (DPI, Vic), Bill Long (Ag Consulting) and Therese McBeath (CSIRO)
Covering a range of topics, including
•    P uptake by plants and mycorrhiza; fertilizer design, supply and use efficiency; quality control and analysis of soil P; organic P in soil.

For more information go to the Australian Society of Soil Science SA Branch website.

To register click here.

Closing date for registrations: 14th of September

When: Thursday September 20th, 2012, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Charles Hawker Conference Centre, Charles Hawker Building room 107, University of Adelaide, Waite Campus, Waite Road Urrbrae

Current financial member of ASSSI – $55
Current financial member of ASPAC – $55
Not a financial member of ASPAC or ASSSI – $110
Student – $44

Price includes tea/coffee, lunch and finger food at Lirra Lirra after the meeting

Prof Ed Buckler to speak on genomic diversity in maize and grape

This year’s Keith Finlay Lecture will be given by Professor Ed Buckler from the Institute for Genomics Diversity, USDA-ARS, Cornell University, USA on

“Uniting the world’s crop diversity for trait dissection and breeding: examples from maize and grape”

Maize and grape are two of the most diverse crops and species in the world.  This diversity is a tremendous resource for understanding the genetic basis of complex traits and for plant breeding in general.  However, it poses both a serious problem and substantial opportunity in relating these 10s of millions of variable sites to the complex traits they control.  Genomic technology has reduced costs by nearly 100,000-fold in the last few years, which is providing tremendous opportunities for these high diversity crops.  In maize, this variation is be related to important traits such a nutritional quality to local adaptation to hybrid vigor, while grape shows a similar potential if there is a greater focus on breeding and genetics.    The opportunities for deploying natural variation for a more sustainable and productive agriculture will be discussed.

Date/Time: Thursday 5th July 2012, 4 pm
Location: Plant Research Centre Auditorium, Waite Campus

The audience is invited to stay and talk with the speaker over drinks and finger food following the seminar.

For more information or to make an appointment with Prof. Buckler please contact matthew.gilliham@adelaide.edu.au

Details on Prof. Buckler’s interests and current work can be seen here: http://www.maizegenetics.net/

Keith Warren Finlay was employed as the Senior Plant Breeder and Crop Geneticist at the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide in 1955. During his time at the Waite (1955-1969), Finlay was responsible for building the reputation and scale of the Waite’s cereal breeding programs through his mechanical innovations and collection of large numbers of barley and wheat cultivars. After leaving the University, Finlay was the Deputy-Director General of the International Centre for the Improvement of Wheat and Maize influencing the development of plant breeding internationally. He died in 1980.