The Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation has celebrated the achievements of Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) graduates whose research is set to improve agricultural production and support the development of functional foods.
Nine PhD graduates, a Master of Philosophy graduate, and eight Honours research graduates received their awards in ceremonies in December.
Dr James Mwendwa’s PhD research has found early crop vigour and biomass accumulation are important traits in canola and wheat cultivars when it comes to suppressing weed growth. Read more.
Dr Forough Ataollahi’s research found providing calcium and magnesium to pregnant ewes improved their health and boosted the immune response in twin newborn lambs and increased their live-weight gains.Read more.
Dr Esther Callcott’s research has identified the potential for using Australian-grown coloured rice as a functional food to combat some of the health risk factors associated with obesity and lifestyle diseases. Read more.
Dr Chris Florides documented the allergenicity of 112 wheat cultivars grown in Australia over the last 160 years, providing important tools for plant breeders to develop varieties more suited for people with mild gluten intolerance. Read more
Dr Doaa Hanafy studied extracts from mint against a number of factors implicated in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.Read more.
Master of Philosophy graduate Ms Emma Hand studied why there are more female offspring when ewes are fed a diet high in omega-6 fatty acids, in particular, the impact on the time between oestrus and ovulation.
Dr Susan Street compared the digestive efficiency in Merino and Dorper sheep fed a range of diets.Read more.
Dr Shiwangni Rao investigated the antioxidant properties of wholegrain cereals like rice, sorghum, barley and oats on colorectal cancer cells. She found potential for compounds in these cereals to kill cancer cells.Read more.
Dr Lucy Watt’s research has shown the potential for hard-seeded annual legumes to fill the feed gap for southern NSW sheep producers.Read more.
Dr Rachael Wood’s research has found it’s possible for rice growers to reduce water use without compromising the whole grain yield, an important indicator of grain quality. Read More.
Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) graduates Mr Javier Atayde, Ms Olivia Brunton, Mr Nathan Hatty, and Mr Tom Price, Bachelor of Science (Honours) Mr Gideon Kang and Mr Jack Murphy, and Bachelor of Animal Sciences (Honours) graduates Ms Brianna Maslin, Ms Sabrina Meurs also received their awards.
Acting Graham Centre Director, Professor Leigh Schmidtke said it showcases the diversity of research at the Centre.
“The research by these graduates takes in agricultural supply chains from paddock to plate looking at ways to be more environmentally sustainable, profitable and to develop products that may benefit human health.
“The formal graduation ceremony caps off years of study and the Centre is looking forward to celebrating the achievements of these graduates and the contribution they will make to our agricultural sector,” Professor Schmidtke said.