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Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

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Professor Wade graduated with BAgrSc (Hons) in Agronomy from the University of Queensland, a PhD in Crop Science from the University of Western Australia (UWA), and received Research Fellowships to the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India, and Texas A&M University in the USA.  He was based mainly at Emerald with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries throughout, from 1974 to 1993, as Agronomist, then Senior and Principal Agronomist.  Professor Wade was then based at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines 1993-2002, holding the position of Agronomist/Physiologist, Rainfed Consortium Coordinator, and Program Leader for Rainfed-Lowland and Flood-Prone Ecosystem Programs across South and South-East Asia.  For 5 years, Professor Wade was GRDC Chair in Crop Agronomy at the University of Western Australia, before joining Charles Sturt University as Strategic Research Professor in Systems, Crop Physiology and Crop Improvement, since August 2007.

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Research Interests

  • Wheat-based systems for food security and environmental sustainability; including stubble retention, perennials, water, nitrogen and carbon balance.
  • Water productivity; improving the plant's ability to grow roots to depth and extract soil water for improved performance under drought
  • Heat tolerance; improving the plant's ability to cope with elevated and fluctuating temperatures under drought and climate change
  • Comparable interests in rice & rice-based systems, with synergistic benefits. 


  • Developing Improved Farming and Marketing Systems in Rainfed Regions of Southern Lao PDR, ACIAR, $5,170,000.
  • Drought Avoidance Root Traits to Enhance Rice Productivity under Water-Limited Environments, CGIAR, $1,400,000.
  • Perennial Wheat Feasibility Study, CRC-FFI, $275,000.
  • Water-Soluble Carbohydrates in Wheat under Water Deficit, GRDC, $80,000.

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Professional links

Editorial Board Member:
  • The Australian Society of Agronomy:
    President 2004-2006; Committee 2002-2010;
  • Interdrought; Adaptation to Salt & Water Stress; International Society of Root Research, American Society of Agronomy, Crop & Soil Sciences 

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View Professor Wade's publications on CRO or at, Len Wade, A-8872-2008.

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