David Turner

David Turner

Associate Professor, BScAgr Syd., MSc PhD Macq.

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


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.



Education/Academic qualification

Plant physiology, PhD, Macquarie University


Award Date: 1 Jan 1979

Plant biology, MSc, Macquarie University


Award Date: 1 Jan 1972

Agriculture, BScAgr, 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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