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New Industry Opportunity for Ag Students

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Interested in a career in Research and Development?
Have you recently completed your undergraduate degree and don’t know what to do next?
Do you have a secret passion for grains?

If yes, then this is the perfect opportunity for you!

A new partnership between the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT), SARDI and the University of Adelaide are introducing a 12-month research traineeship in applied grains R&D.

But what does that mean exactly? Well its an opportunity for you to develop skills and contribute to research areas that include:
Grains pathology, Grains entomology, Weed management, Agronomy and Farming systems.

The research may be tailored to your specific interest, and may include being involved in trails across regional South Australia. You will also attend GRDC and SAGIT industry events such as field days and GRDC updates. You will also receive mentoring and professional development from SA’s leading research scientists!

But am I eligible for such an amazing opportunity? Well, if you’ve completed a Bachelors of Agricultural Science (or equivalent such as Bachelor of Sciences or Honours graduates) then YES YOU ARE!

Successful applicants will start work in February 2014, with an annual salary of $68,000

Applications are Due on November 30th, 2013

To Apply Send:
1. Current CV
2. Names of 2 Academic and/or Work related referees
3. Your Academic Transcript
4. A brief letter (maximum 2 pages) addressing these questions
a. How would you like to make a contribution to Australian Agriculture?
b. How does this opportunity fit with your career goals?

To: Pauline Bowden, SARDI
pauline.bowden@sa.gov.au

For any further information contact:
Dr. Kathy Ophel Keller
Research Chief, Sustainable Systems
SARDI
Phone: 08 8303 9368
Email: kathy.ophelkeller@sa.gov.au

Meet Giorgia, the durum breeding team’s newest member

"Giorgia" with Fil Ciancio (San Remo Macaroni Ltd), Dr Jason Able (Senior Lecturer in Plant Breeding & Southern Node Leader Durum Breeding Australia) and Brondwen MacLean (GRDC Senior Manager Breeding Programs).

“Giorgia” with Fil Ciancio (San Remo Macaroni Ltd), Dr Jason Able (Senior Lecturer in Plant Breeding & Southern Node Leader Durum Breeding Australia) and Brondwen MacLean (GRDC Senior Manager Breeding Programs).

The University of Adelaide’s durum breeding program officially launched their new, state-of-the-art small plot harvester yesterday.

“Giorgia” is a Wintersteiger DELTA, specifically designed for harvesting small experimental plots and can comfortably harvest more than 15,000 breeding trial plots per year. This machine is a significant new investment for the southern node of Durum Breeding Australia, which is part of the University of Adelaide.

Dr Jason Able, Senior Lecturer in Plant Breeding & Southern Node Leader Durum Breeding Australia, said “The new DELTA has significant new capabilities including on-board weighing, which will dramatically speed up the process of harvesting and downstream processes associated with the annual harvest. This will make our breeding program more efficient, and allow the breeding team back at base to get samples ready for quality testing in a quicker time frame than what was previously possible.”

The new machine has been christened “Giorgia”, a name which originates from Latin and means ‘Earth-worker, farmer’. Jason said that in naming the machine, he wanted her to be connected to the land, and this name was identified being very appropriate given also that the breeding program has a well developed collaborative relationship with San Remo Macaroni Pty Ltd which has very strong Italian heritage links.

"Giorgia" with Fil Ciancio (San Remo Macaroni Ltd), Dr Jason Able (Senior Lecturer in Plant Breeding & Southern Node Leader Durum Breeding Australia) and Brondwen MacLean (GRDC Senior Manager Breeding Programs).

“Giorgia” with Fil Ciancio (San Remo Macaroni Ltd), Dr Jason Able (Senior Lecturer in Plant Breeding & Southern Node Leader Durum Breeding Australia) and Brondwen MacLean (GRDC Senior Manager Breeding Programs).

Jason added “San Remo have contributed a significant financial contribution to the durum program over a number of years, and continue to do so. They see the value in being able to inject these much needed funds to a breeding program that ultimately supports their business through the development and release of new, improved durum varieties that are suitable for their very high quality pasta products.”