Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Food scientist appointed to GRDC Board

Professor Chris BlanchardA Graham Centre scientist with a passion for innovation to develop new products and markets for grain growers has been appointed to the Board of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

Leader of the Centre’s grain and meat quality pathway, Professor Chris Blanchard began his three-year term on the GRDC Board on Sunday 1 October.

“My research interest is in the area of grain quality and investigating ways to improve the value of grain,” Professor Blanchard said.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity of serving as a Board member of the Grains Research and Development Corporation to help drive investment in projects and partnerships to increase the profitability of the Australian grains industry.”

Professor Blanchard is the Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Functional Grains. Read more here.

Contact: Professor Chris Blanchard T: (02) 6933 2364

3MT- opportunity to develop skills

Graham Centre PhD student Ms Cara Wilson, represented Charles Sturt University (CSU) at the Asia-Pacific Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane on Friday 29 September.

Ms Cara WilsonThe aim of the competition is to summarise PhD research into an engaging three-minute presentation that can be understood by people from all disciplines using only one static slide.

Ms Wilson’s presentation “War on waste: It’s not just plastic bags” described the wastage caused by hydatid disease (Echinococcus granulosus) in the Australian beef industry and how she plans to investigate this disease and reduce wastage.

The final saw her compete against 54 other finalists from universities throughout the Asia-Pacific.

Ms Wilson was awarded an Editor’s Choice award and will be featured in Cosmos Magazine.

“The competition was an amazing experience and I got to meet so many talented people,” Ms Wilson said. “I entered the competition just to have a go and build on my presenting skills, and look where I ended up! I will definitely be recommending this competition to others.”

You can watch Ms Wilson’s presentation here.

Contact: Ms Cara Wilson T: (02) 6933 2012   E:

New view of caterpillar metamorphosis

A 3-D x-ray MicroCT image of the tracheal system within a Morpho didius butterfly. The butterfly was imaged during its metamorphosis from its caterpillar form.The work of Graham Centre member, Charles Sturt University (CSU) medical radiation scientist Dr Mark Greco was featured in David Attenborough Micro Monsters program on ABC TV.

Dr Greco has developed innovative methods for studying insects and their behaviour using non-invasive imaging which is termed ‘diagnostic radioentemology’ (DR).

The program broadcast previously on BBC TV and recently on ABC TV on Tuesday 10 October detailed the use of a Micro-CT scan of a butterfly chrysalis to reveal in real-time the internal physiological processes occurring within caterpillars during metamorphosis.

Read more on CSU News here and watch the videos here.

Contact: Dr Mark Greco T: (02) 693 34554 E: