Principal Agronomist/Physiologist and Leader of the Pulse Subprogram with AGWEST, Kadambot Siddique joined the GRDC's Western Regional Panel in 1998.
His research and market development work has had a major impact on WA's burgeoning pulse industry, with the development of new varieties of chickpea, lentil, field pea, faba bean and lathyrus.
Dr Siddique is emphatic that, to stay viable, the grains industry has to assume a market focus.
"While developing crops that are agronomically sustainable in WA, we need to ensure there are markets for them and that the needs and specifications of buyers are satisfied," he said.
With a PhD from the University of Western Australia (UWA), Dr Siddique was recently appointed Adjunct Professor at UWA's Faculty of Agriculture and also Curtin University of Technology's Muresk Institute of Agriculture.
His research projects keep a strong link with the world's major pulse growing and consuming countries, including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Syria and Turkey.
Dr Siddique represents WA graingrowers on four GRDC national subprograms:
- market research: assessing strategic directions and anticipating key issues in domestic and world grain markets
- pulse, oilseed and other grains processing quality: defining quality parameters to meet market requirements
- breeding technology: developing new technology and maintaining genetic resources to improve the efficiency of plant improvement programs
- oilseeds productivity: encouraging wider distribution of summer and winter oilseeds through the development of better adapted cultivars for different regions.