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Soil CRC participants come together

Associate Professor Catherine Allan at the conferenceThe inaugural Participants Conference for the Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils (Soil CRC) was held in Newcastle in April.

Associate Professor Catherine Allan said, “The Conference was attended by over 100 delegates- importantly a mix of farming groups, agency and academic people, all passionate about good soil management, but each bringing unique skills and perspectives to the topic.”

The CRC is now fully operational, with 24 projects currently underway or about to start. Charles Sturt University, and the Graham Centre, is well represented in the CRC in many of these projects.

Presenting research to district vets

Ms Forough AtaollahiGraham Centre member and NSW Department of Primary Industries Research Officer in animal health and welfare, Ms Forough Ataollahi, attended 2019 District Veterinarian conference held in Newcastle in April.

She presented a poster on her PhD research ‘Effect of maternal calcium and magnesium supplementation on immune, energy and plasma mineral responses of Merino ewes and their lambs’.

Ms Ataollahi said, “The conference was a great opportunity to present and network on research and development opportunities in animal health and welfare”.

Building research capacity

A number of young Graham Centre researchers took part in a workshop hosted by The Crawford Fund and Researchers in participants at the workshopAgriculture for International Development (RAID) that aimed to build the capacity of the next generation of agricultural research leaders.

PhD student Nancy Saji said, "The workshop provided a great opportunity to improve existing leadership and management skills through a series of seminar style presentations, group discussions and fun activities.

"Some of the key objectives addressed in this workshop included self-evaluation, people management skills, conflict management, time management strategies and effective ways to evaluate, plan and manage projects.

"More importantly, it was a great opportunity to network with a wide cohort of people and hear about updates and developments in the agricultural industry from both an Australian and international perspective."

Read more about the RAID network here.

Extension and communication to boost pulses

Graham Centre member, Mr Phil Bowden is the project leader for Northern Pulse Check, part of an initiative funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) to support the growth and development of the Australian pulse industry.

Marrar Pulse Check GroupLocally, Pulse Check groups run by FarmLink Research at Marrar and by Riverine Plains Inc at Rand have been well attended by farmers, advisors and others involved in the value chain for pulses.

“Growing pulses has benefits in cropping and mixed farming systems, but there are many issues that need to be discussed so farmers can be more confident about the value of pulses,” Mr Bowden said.  “These groups are based on fair and open discussion so that everyone can benefit from being in the group and we want to see the groups develop the capacity of farmers and advisors’ access to the latest information about pulses.”

Pictured is the Marrar Pulse Check Group in some spring sown chickpeas.

Find out more here

Talking parasites in Paris

Graham Centre member, Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi, has presented a seminar titled ‘What Would A Worm Know? A tale of Anisakid Nematods in antipodean waters'  at the French National Museum of Natural History in Paris.

The presentation focused on a group of parasites known as anisakids in Australian and New Caledonian waters. These parasites are among the most abundant species in the ocean and can infect almost any aquatic and aquatic associated invertebrate and vertebrate including humans.


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