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Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Professor Len Wade Professor Len Wade

Professor Wade graduated with BAgrSc (Hons) in Crop 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 Agronomy, Crop Physiology and Crop Improvement, since August 2007.

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Research Interests

  • Systems Agronomy: Resource balance and sustainability, systems integration and delivery, farmer perception and adoption, farmer livelihood and food security.
  • Crop Physiology: Avoidance and tolerance strategies for drought (and heat), roots and water extraction, osmotic adjustment and water soluble carbohydrates, associated genetics to identify QTL and genomic hotspots.
  • Crop Improvement: development of dual purpose perennial grain crop for grain and grazing, including systems flexibility, sustainability and integration with livestock.
  • Comparable interests in rice-based and wheat-based systems with synergistic benefits.

Current Research Projects

  • Developing Improved Farming and Marketing System in Rainfed Regions of Southern Lao PDR, ACIAR, $5,170,000.00
  • Drought Avoidance Root Traits to Enhance Rice Productivity under Water – Limited Environments, CGIAR Generation Challenge Program, $1,400,000.00
  • Development of Perennial Rice, MOST /NSFC, $900,000.00
  • Crop Livestock Systems Platform for Capacity Building, Testing Practices, Commercialisation and Community Learning, ACIAR, $350,000.00

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Professional Memberships

Editorial Board Member:
  • The Australian Society of Agronomy:
    President 2004-2006; Committee 2002-2010;

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

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