David Turner

Associate Professor, BScAgr Syd., MSc PhD Macq.

  • The University of Western Australia (M082), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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I am interested in the interaction between plants and their environment. I undertook research with the NSW Department of Agriculture on banana nutrition and development from 1963 to 1983. Then I moved to UWA to supervise postgraduate students as part of the Australian Collaboration with the National Agricultural Research Project of Thailand. I have taught units in plant biology and postharvest physiology at UWA within the Faculty of Agriculture. I worked with postgraduate students from many backgrounds until retirement in 2006.

Since then I have been an honorary research fellow and my focus is on development of plants within the family Musaceae (bananas). Working with colleagues in Australia (Dr Jane Gibbs), Africa (Dr G Blomme, Dr W Ocimati) and France (A Vezina) we are undertakeing a functional analysis of banana plant development and contributing to MusaPedia, an online knowledge system about bananas supported by the CGIAR.

Funding overview

Austraian Research Council Small Grants
- Root Pressure probe

Horticulture Australia - Canopy manipulation in roses, Irrigation of avocado.

Grains Research and Development Coorporation - Adaptation of canola to drought, osmotic adjustment in canola accumulation of oil in canola grain.

Previous positions

Special Research Horticulturist, NSW Agriculture, Tropical Fruit Research Station, Alstonville, NSW Dec 1963 - May 1983

Associate Professor, Faculty of Agriculture UWA, 1983 to 2006.

Current projects

Development of a functional analysis of plant development in bananas (Musaceae) with colleagues in Australia, Africa and France.

Teaching overview



Environmental physiology of plants including horticultural and field crops.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Plant physiology, PhD, Growth and development of banana, Macquarie University


Award Date: 1 Jan 1979

Plant biology, MSc, Banana nutrition, Macquarie University


Award Date: 1 Jan 1972

Agriculture, BScAgr, Agronomy, University of Sydney


Award Date: 1 Jan 1963

Industry keywords

  • Agriculture and Food

Research expertise keywords

  • Plant development
  • Plant physiology/ecology
  • Tropical and sub-tropical fruit (horticultural crops)
  • Whole plant physiology


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