CSIRO Plant Industry deputy chief Dr Mark Peoples has been reappointed to the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Southern Panel.
Dr Peoples, a physiologist and agronomist based in Canberra, has served for many years on the Panel, which is chaired by SA grower David Shannon.
“Mark brings strong research credentials and a wealth of experience to the Southern Panel,” Mr Shannon said.
“His research interests include quantifying the above and below ground rotational benefits of legumes; evaluating the production and environmental implications of strategies aimed at reducing the risk of dryland salinity and overcoming sub-soil constraints to root growth; and managing soil nitrogen and water for more sustainable and profitable mixed farming systems.”
The GRDC Southern Panel plays a critical role in determining the Corporation’s research priorities for the southern region, which incorporates SA, southern NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. The Panel is the interface between the GRDC and growers, research partners and industry.
New appointments to the panel include Charles Sturt University lecturer and researcher Dr Chris Blanchard, Mallala (SA) grower Richard Konzag, Victorian supply chain consultant John Crosbie and Naringaningalook (VIC) grower Peter Schwarz.
Reappointments to the panel include Mr Shannon, Clare (SA) consultant Dr Allan Mayfield, Laanecoorie (VIC) farmer Merna Curnow, Parkes (NSW) consultant and grower Andrew Rice and SA grower and former plant breeder Professor Andrew Barr. The Panel also includes GRDC executive managers John Harvey and Gavin Whiteley.
• For more information contact GRDC Communications Manager Kylie Paulsen on 0438 630 491 or visit www.grdc.com.au/panels2008