Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Graduation celebrations for Graham Centre students

Research to increase our knowledge of plant and animal disease, help farmers make better decisions and give insight on consumer behaviour will be recognised at Charles Sturt University (CSU) graduation ceremonies next week.

Six PhD graduates, one Masters student and six Honours students who have completed their research through the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation will receive their awards in ceremonies Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 December.

Acting Graham Centre Director, Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover said, “Graduation is often the culmination of years of research, dedication and commitment. We look forward to celebrating the acheivements of our graduates and the support of supervisors, families and friends in helping them to reach this important milestone.

“The research demonstrates how the Graham Centre is working to increase the capacity within the grain and red meat industries and to improve the sustainability of these industries and the lives of farmers in Australia and overseas.

“We are also proud to see six CSU Honours students whose research has been supported by Graham Centre scholarships graduate in 2018,” said Professor Hernandez-Jover.

Monday 10 December

Dr Nirodha Weeraratne’s PhD focused on a bacterium responsible for sheath brown rot of rice and her research can be used to develop tools for quarantine and to breed disease resistant wheat and rice. Read more here.

Dr Kyah Hester’s PhD has uncovered new informationon why people without a diagnosed condition choose to avoid gluten in their diets. The study will inform industry and the medical profession.

Dr Lauren Howard’s PhD examined extension support for strategic decision making on mixed farms, recommending better interaction between information providers to help farmers adapt to change.

Mr David Gale will be awarded a Master of Philosophy for his research carried out in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam to investigate composting of acid sulfate soils to boost crop production and food security in this developing country. Read more here.

Mr Matt Champness will be awarded a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) and the Agricultural Science Medal. Read more here.

Tuesday 11 December

Dr Rebecca Heim will be awarded a PhD for research investigating the nutritional and digestibility characteristics of canola meal. Read more here.

Dr Shumaila Arif’s PhD has improved our knowledge of brucellosis in Pakistan, recommending a new structure of diagnostic testing and strategies to reduce the risks to smallholder farmers.

Dr Shafi Sahibzada’s PhD has improved our understanding of the drug resistant bacteria MRSA.