Emily Thomas received her education at the University of Sydney where she graduated BHortSc (Hons). Keen for the country lifestyle, Emily moved to the Riverina in 2014 where she worked for several years in the walnut industry. She commenced her PhD at in 2017 researching.
Specialisation: Plant physiology, plant-environment interactions, pollination biology
Focus Area: Walnut non-pollination fruit drop – characterisation and control strategies
Emily’s PhD researching non-pollination drop of English walnut in semi-arid regions of Australia supervised Dr Christopher Steel, Dr Bruno Holzapfel, Dr Michael Lang and Dr Jacquelyn Simpson. The research is jointly funded by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and Webster Limited.
Premature fruit drop from non-pollination has resulted in significant yield losses of walnut grown in semi-arid regions of Australia. The aim of this project is to determine how walnut pollination processes are affected by environment stress and reduce non-pollination drop.