Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Feature Stories

Merry Christmas from the Graham Centre
Thank you for your ongoing support during 2016. We wish you a safe and happy Christmas and look forward to working with you in 2017.

Graham Centre celebrates achievements for 2016
The Centre celebrated the end of a successful year on 8 December, with staff, members and industry coming together at the Centre’s End of Year Function to recognise key achievements throughout the year.

Research Centre Fellowships now open
During 2016, the Graham Centre funded more than $500,000 of research projects through its Research Centre Fellowships (RCF) program.

Irrigation water productivity modelling of crops
Associate Professor Xiaojun Shen, a visiting scientist from the Farmland Irrigation Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, is working on the irrigation water productivity modelling of irrigated wheat with Drs Ketema Zeleke (CSU) and De Li Liu (NSW DPI).

Academic promotions well deserved
Congratulations to the following Graham Centre members on their recent academic promotions, recognising academic leadership and outstanding contributions to their disciplines and the work of CSU.

CSU researcher achieves industry accolades
Congratulations to Graham Centre member Dr Shokoofeh Shamsi, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, CSU on her recent election to the Executive Committee for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Alumni Association in Australia.

Reducing reproductive wastage
Research by CSU Masters of Philosophy student Greg Sawyer, under the supervision of Dr Edward Narayan, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, CSU and Graham Centre Director Prof Michael Friend, has provided much excitement amongst the local merino industry.

Twilight weed and crop walk
The Graham Centre’s Twilight weed and crop walk on 26 September highlighted research on suppressive cultivars and forage cut time for decreasing weed seeds an hard seeded legumes - their fit in mixed farming systems and weed control potential.

Focus on food loss and waste along the supply chain
The 2016 Crawford Fund Conference held in Canberra 30 August, titled ‘Waste not, want not: the circular economy to food security’ focused on food loss and waste issues along the supply chain; production, getting product to market and the management and reuse of waste.

Farewell to Professor Len Wade
Professor Wade has been at CSU and a Graham Centre member for the past 9 years and was farewelled by friends and colleagues at morning tea on Friday 19 August, wishing him the best for his retirement.

Beef research under the microscope
Strong beef prices, continued demand and an excellent start to the season have resulted in widespread optimism across the beef industry. However, it is important the industry remains innovative to ensure it continues to thrive and remain competitive in global markets.

Researchers recognised for research excellence
Congratulations to those Graham Centre members who recently received Awards of Excellence from the Vice Chancellor, CSU.

Reviewing food safety and market access risk in supply chains
A recently funded project will address the joint Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) & Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) terms of reference, reviewing food safety & market access risk in supply chains. Graham Centre member, Dr Marta Hernandez-Jover, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Charles Sturt University will lead the project.

Sheep research in the spotlight
Industry experts will discuss their latest research findings around issues of key relevance to producers and the Australian sheep industry at this year’s Graham Centre Sheep Forum on Friday 8 July.

Bridging distance and building relationships between women farmers in Australia and India to sustain and develop rural communities
A project that is attempting to bridge the distance between women farmers through sharing cross-country perspectives on developmental issues has been boosted with a recent visit by Australian project collaborators to villages in India to meet with women farmers.

2016 Graham Centre Interns announced
Congratulations to this years seven interns who were selected from a strong field of 18 applicants.

Focus on irrigation water productivity modelling of crops
Associate Professor Xiaojun Shen, Department of Crop-Water Interaction of Farmland Irrigation Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences will spend the coming 12 months working with Drs Ketema Zeleke (CSU) and De Li Liu (NSW DPI) in Wagga.

Strengthening links with China
Professor Liqun Cai, Gansu Agricultural University, China will share his expertise in agricultural resources conservation, ecological environment reconstruction and conservation tillage systems in dryland farming over the coming 12 months while working with Drs Guangdi Li (NSW DPI) and Sergio Moroni (CSU).

The flora of Wagga Wagga: A guide for revegetation and restoration
Revegetation projects are a valuable supplement to conservation efforts in the struggle to protect our biodiversity.

Chinese scholar to develop skills in farm management economics and grazing systems simulation
Mr Liu is currently undertaking a PhD through Gansu Agricultural University and is associated with the Graham Centre’s ACIAR project "Sustainable Livestock Grazing Systems on Chinese Temperate Grasslands", led by Prof. David Kemp.

Graham Centre student shines at ASAP workshop
The Southern NSW Branch of the Australian Society of Animal production (ASAP) organised a post-graduate student workshop on 2-3 February, 2016 at the University of Sydney, Camden NSW.

Canadian researcher learns about hydatid disease parasite
Associate Professor Alessandro Massolo, Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is currently visiting Charles Sturt University and the Graham Centre for three months of his sabbatical year.