• 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.

External positions

Senior Research Scientist, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

22 Apr 198614 Jan 2019

Research Agronomist, NSW Department of Primary Industries

20 Feb 198414 Apr 1896

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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