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DAppSc, BAppSc (Agr), MSc (Agr)
Position Research Agronomist
Location NSW DPI, Wagga Wagga
Phone 02 6938 1807
Fax 02 6938 1809
Mr Sandral has a DAppSc, BAppSc (Agr), MSc (Agr) and is currently undertaking PhD studies part time at the University of Western Australia. His career in pastures started at Condobolin in central NSW, and since then has included research activities at the University of Western Australia and the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute.
Graeme has led several research projects including plant breeding and selection efforts in the acid soils component of the National Annual Pasture Legume Improvement Program. He has also been an active Project Leader in the Salinity CRC and now the Future Farming Industries CRC. In these roles Graeme initiated and lead plant breeding efforts for the genus Lotus. This research will result in the release of five new varieties of Lotus in 2009.
Masters studies undertaken by Mr Sandral examined the morphological and physiological responses of subterranean clover to a range of broadleaf herbicides. His PhD is focusing on rare and endangered perennial Lotus species endemic to the Macaronesian Islands (Cape Verde, Canary Islands, Madeira's and Azores). This research examines the eco-geographical characteristics of Lotus species and their locations.
- Ecology and plant breeding of perennial and annual forage legumes suitable for Temperate and Mediterranean climates
- Past secretary and member of Australian Agronomy Society
- A member of the NSW Grassland Society
Interests include devising innovative ways of reducing green house gas emissions through the use of plant compounds. Currently Graeme and his colleagues have developed a variety of Lotus with high condensed tannin levels that will reduce methane out put from cattle by a potential thirty percent.
Real D, Warden J, Sandral GA and Colmer TD (2008). Waterlogging tolerance and recovery of 10 Lotus species. (Sustainable pastures in marginal environments). Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture. 48: 4, 480-487.
Dear BS, Sandral GA , Virgona, JM, Swan AD, Orchard BA and Cocks PS (2007). Lucerne, phalaris and wallaby grass in short-term pasture phases in two eastern Australian wheat belt environments: (2) Effect of perennial density and species on subterranean clover populations and the relative success of 3 clover cultivars of different maturity. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 58: 123-135.
Nichols PGH, Sandral G A , Dear BS, Koning CT, Lloyd DL, Evans PM, Craig AD, Nutt BJ, Barbetti MJ, Si P You MP (2007). Izmir subterranean clover (Trifolium subterraneum L. var. subterraneum). [Journal article] Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture. 47: 2, 226-229.
Sandral GA , Remizowa MV and Sokoloff DD (2006). A taxonomic survey of Lotus section Pedrosia (Leguminosae, Loteae). Wulfenia 13: 97- 192.
Sandral GA , Dear BS, Virgona JM, Swan AD and Orchard BA (2006). Changes in soil water content under annual and perennial-based pasture systems in the wheat-belt of southern New South Wales. (Special Issue: Changed water use to fit farming and community needs). Australian Journal of Agricultural Research. 57: 3, 321-333.