• The University of Western Australia (M080), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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I am an Associate Professor in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment and the Institute of Agriculture. My main research expertise is in the breeding, genetics, agronomy and ecology of pasture legumes. I have a particular interest in the translation of discoveries in plant physiology, plant pathology, entomology, molecular biology and engineering into applied research outcomes that benefit farmers. I transferred to UWA in January 2019, after 33 years in the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and two years prior to that with the New South Wales government. I have bred 22 pasture legume cultivars, including 19 subterranean clovers, two lucernes and Neptune messina. My current projects are as the Plant Breeder on a Joint Venture between UWA and PGG Wrightson Seeds to breed new cultivars of annual pasture legumes and I lead an AgriFuture Australia-funded project to develop improved methods of harvesting subterranean clover and annual medic seeds. I also led a recently completed Meat & Livestock Australia-funded project on pre-breeding in annual legumes and various projects in pastures for saline soils, leading to the development of messina as a new agricultural species.

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 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Pasture breeding, genetics and ecology, PhD, Evolution in sown mixtures of subterranean clover (Trifolium subterraneum L.), The University of Western Australia

15 Jan 199430 Jun 2004

Award Date: 30 Mar 2005

External positions

Senior Research Scientist, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Western Australia)

22 Apr 198614 Jan 2019

Research Agronomist, Department of Primary Industries (New South Wales)

20 Feb 198414 Apr 1986

Industry keywords

  • Agriculture and Food

Research expertise keywords

  • Pasture legumes
  • Annual pasture legumes
  • Pasture agronomy
  • Plant breeding, germplasm evaluation and genetics
  • Subterranean clover
  • Pasture seed harvest
  • Oestrogenic pastures


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