Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Aaron Preston

Dr Aaron Preston

B Science (Analytical Chemistry),B Applied Science(Hons), PhD

Dr Aaron Preston joined the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in 2016, completing a PhD on developing a genetic method for herbicide resistance detection in annual ryegrass.

Prior to this Aaron completed his BSc at Charles Sturt University majoring in Analytical Chemistry, after which he continued his studies and worked intermittently over three and a half years as a Technical Officer with the Graham Centre investigating novel compounds from plant extracts and evaluating their potential to become new herbicides.

In his new role, Aaron is developing and updating integrated weed management information, and identifying and prioritising emerging weeds research. His current research projects include: seed dormancy and biology of wild oats and awnless barnyard grass, and evaluating strategic weed control with crop competition.

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Research

  • Herbicide resistance detection
  • Weed biology and ecology
  • Integrated weed management strategies

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Preston, A., and Pratley, J. E. (2018). Next generation testing of herbicide resistance:rapid detection, multiple herbicides, a single assay. Proceedings of the 21th Australasian Weeds Conference, Manly, New South Wales, Australia.

NSW DPI (2018). Crop competition in chickpea and faba bean against sowthistle. Southern NSW research results

NSW DPI (2017). Weed Management. Irrigated canola in southern cropping systems.

NSW DPI (2017). Weed Management. Irrigated wheat in southern cropping systems.

Preston, A., and Broster, J. (2017). Spraying cold herbicide in the heat-does it affect ryegrass?. Proceedings of the 18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

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