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Professor Deirdre Lemerle
BSc (Hons) (Reading), MScAgr (Sydney), PhD (Sydney)
Position Professor of Agricultural Innovation and Director of the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation
Location Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Wagga Wagga
Phone 02 6933 4398
Mobile 0419 816 267
Professor Deirdre Lemerle is a weed scientist who has worked for the last 25 years for DPI at Wagga Wagga NSW Australia. She led the Cropping Program of the Weeds Co-operative Research Centre for 10 years. Deirdre was appointed as Director of the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation in 2005. The Graham Centre is an alliance between Charles Sturt University and the Department of Primary Industries which aims to increase sustainable productivity for mixed farming systems. She was awarded the Council of Australian Weed Science Societies Medal for 'Excellence in Weed Science' in 1998, and the CSU Vice-Chancellors Award for Research Excellence to Allelopathy Research Group 2000. She was selected to: be an ABC New Inventors program grand finalist with the ‘Stubble Star’ invention in 2005; attend Australia 2020 Summit (Rural Industries and Rural Communities) in April 2008; be in “10 Sisters” exhibit screened in the Australian Pavilion at the World Expo, Shanghai in 2010 featuring her profile about R&D for food security and agricultural sustainability; and took part in the Governor General’s Delegation to China 6-12 June 2010.
Research and Teaching
- Differential herbicide tolerance in varieties of winter crops in SE Australia (GRDC)
- Regional packages to make wheat strongly competitive with weeds (GRDC)
- IWM for SE Australia (GRDC)
- Economic management of deep-rooted summer perennial weeds (MLA)
- Current PhD students supervised:
- T Hutchings CSU 2008+ Managing risk in agriculture (K Parton and T Nordblom).
- Xiao Cheng Zhu CSU 2009+ Biology and genetic diversity of silverleaf nightshade (H Wu, R Stanton, H Raman, G Burrows).
- Md Asaduzzaman, CSU 2011+ Allelopathy in canola (M An, D Luckett, J Pratley).
- European Weed Research Society
- International Weed Science Society
- Weed Science Society of America
- Council of Australasian Weed Societies
- Asian Pacific Weed Society
- Weed Society of NSW
- Developing integrated weed management strategies to reduce weed impacts and farmers' dependence on herbicides, especially using crop competition.
- International research and development.
- Post-graduate training and capacity building.
Blackshaw RE, Anderson RL and Lemerle D (2007). Cultural Weed Management in "Non-chemical Weed Management: Principles, Concepts and Technology", Eds Mahesh K. Upadhyaya and Bob Blackshaw, CAB Press. 35-48.
Wu H, Pratley J, Lemerle D, An M and Liu DL (2007). Modern genomic approaches to improving allelopathic capability in wheat (Triticum aestivum L). Allelopathy Journal , 19 , 97-108.
Lemerle D , Smith A, Verbeek B, Koetz E, Lockley P and Martin P (2006). Incremental crop tolerance to weeds: a measure for selecting competitive ability in Australian wheats. Euphytica. 149 , 85-95.
Murphy CE and Lemerle D (2006). Continuous cropping systems and weed selection. Euphytica 148, 61-73.
Lemerle D, Cousens RD, Gill GS, Peltzer SJ, Moerkerk M, Murphy CE, Collins D and Cullis BR (2004). Reliability of higher seeding rates of wheat for increased competitiveness with weeds. Journal of Agricultural Science. 142 , 395-409.