Next generation of top agricultural scientists on show

23/05/2023 | 2 mins

Are you curious about the economic impact of dung beetles in Australia?

What about ways to identify disease resistance in canola, enhance stress and salt tolerance in wheat, find factors that influence DHA in honey, alleviate glyphosate damage to crops, or boost reproduction performance of rams?

These innovative research topics will be explored at The UWA Institute of Agriculture’s 2023 Postgraduate Showcase on Wednesday, 31 May at The University of Western Australia's Bayliss Lecture Theatre.

Postgraduate Showcase presenters Junrey Amas, Marcela Del Carmen Vieira, Bablu Hira Mandal, Sylvester A Obeng-Darko, Samalka Wijeweera, Doraid Alkhishaybi and MukeImage: The PhD candidates who will present their research achievements at the 2023 Postgraduate Showcase.

Seven outstanding postgraduate students from across three schools – Junrey Amas, Marcela Del Carmen Vieira, Bablu Hira Mandal, Sylvester A Obeng-Darko, Samalka Wijeweera, Doraid Alkhishaybi and Mukesh Choudhary – will present their research achievements in agriculture and related areas.

"Unravelling the unknown in science and applying it in the context of clean, green and ethical livestock production is what excites me the most about my research."

Doraid Alkhishaybi

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) Director General Heather Brayford will deliver a special address ahead of the afternoon tea break.

The two sessions will be chaired by the Head of the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment Associate Professor Matthias Leopold and UWA Business School Professor Sharon Purchase.

The Institute Director Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique said this year marked the 17th annual Postgraduate Showcase.

“I am proud to report that 122 early-career researchers have presented at this event since its inception in 2007,” Professor Siddique said.

“This showcase is an important opportunity for our postgraduate students to enlighten and engage with farmers, scientists, academics and the wider agricultural community.”

I am using genomics to accelerate the development of sustainable genetic solutions to combat the threats facing crop production, including the proliferation of plant diseases.

Junrey Amas

Notable former presenters include the UWA Centre for Agricultural Economics and Development Deputy Director Dr Fiona Dempster, West Midlands Group executive officer Dr Nathan Craig, and InterGrain Business and Research Development Manager Dr Dini Ganesalingam.

All members of the public are invited to register to attend via Eventbrite.

Media references

Rosanna Candler (Communications Officer, The UWA Institute of Agriculture) +61 08 6488 1650

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