Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

The work of Graham Centre members Emeritus Professor Jim Pratley and Dr John Angus has added to our understanding of agronomy, changed practices on-farm and nurtured new generations of scientists and industry professionals.

photo of Professor Jim Pratley and Dr John AngusIn recognition of that important contribution, Professor Pratley and Dr Angus have been awarded Fellowships of the Australian Society of Agronomy, at the annual conference in Ballarat on Tuesday 26 September.

Chairman of the Society's Fellowship Committee, Dr Chris Korte said, "The award recognises Professor Pratley's outstanding contribution to Australian agriculture and education as a research scientist, lecturer, author, administrator, mentor and Emeritus Professor."

Professor Pratley currently leads the Graham Centre's plant systems research pathway. He was the foundation Dean of the Faculty of Science and Agriculture at Charles Sturt University and is secretary of the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture.

Professor Pratley has served as President of the Australian Society of Agronomy and Vice President of the International Allelopathy Society. His research has focused on conservation farming, herbicide resistance, weed science, and the development and management of self-weeding crops.

Dr Korte said, "Dr Angus has made an outstanding contribution to Australian and international agronomy, especially in the management of nitrogen and understanding interaction within crop sequences through research, development and extension."

Dr Angus retired as a Chief Research Scientist from CSIRO in 2010 after working in the Plant Industry and Land Use Divisions from 1973 and is now farming in Stockinbingal. He has been awarded fellowships by the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science (1993) and by the American Society of Agronomy (2001) and in 2006 he received the Medal of Australian Agriculture.

Dr Angus has also served as President of Agronomy Australia and is a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy. His research involved simulation and experimental studies on crop phasic development, water and nitrogen productivity of dryland crops, the effects of crop and pasture sequences and the agronomy of irrigated rice.

Contact: Professor Pratley T: (02) 6933 2862 E:

Contact: Dr Angus T: 0429 669 332 E: