Dr Gordon Rogers
Adjunct Professor of Horticultural Crop Physiology
My passion has always been to work in areas which have the potential to improve the quality of the fruit and vegetable we eat. Initially within Australia and more recently in developing countries.
My current research interests are:
- Cropping systems in developing countries
- Modelling of crop development and environmental influences
- Phytonutrients in spinach, rocket and pomegranate
- Sustainable vegetable crop production systems
- The influence of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration on crop growth and nutrition
I have a number of current projects researching:
- Development of a cost-effective protected vegetable cropping system in the Philippines
- Development of a Crop Scheduling Program for Cos and Iceberg Lettuce in the Major Growing Regions in Australia
- Development of a new processed carrot industry to export bioactive phytonutrients for juice and nutriceuticals
- Water Use Efficiency - interpretation and training in the use of soil moisture data
- Optimising agronomic and postharvest requirements for a new Pomegranate juice industry in Australia
- Reducing pesticide residues, improving cucurbit and leafy vegetable agronomic and postharvest handling in Vietnam through improved varieties, IPM and training
- Evaluating the impact of improved soil and water management practices on Bohol Island, the Philippines
- Agronomic programme to improve the uniformity of broccoli for once-over mechanical harvest
- Development of an Integrated Production System for Honeydew melons, Rockmelons, Seedless watermelons and Personal Melons
- Development of optimal agronomy and postharvest handling for Australian baby leaf salad vegetables
My career began with completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons 1) at the University of Queensland (Gatton), then a DipEd (UTS) and PhD in Plant Physiology at the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury.
I currently supervise one PhD student.
- Weerakkody P, Jobling J, Infante MMV, Rogers G (2010) The effect of maturity, sunburn and the application of sunscreens on the internal and external qualities of pomegranate fruit grown in Australia. Scientia Horticulturae 124, 57-61.
- Fuentes S, Collins C, Rogers G, Acevedo C, Conroy JP (2009) Nocturnal heat-pulse sap flow as a sensitive system to assess drought effects on grapevines: an irrigation scheduling application? Acta Horticulturae 846, 167-176.
- Fuentes, S., Rogers, G., Jobling, J., Conroy, J., Camus, C., Dalton, M., and Mercenaro, L. (2008): A soil-plant-atmosphere approach to evaluate the effect of irrigation strategy on Grapevine (cv. Shiraz) water and nutrient uptake, grape quality and yield. Acta Horticulturae 792: 297-303.
- Rogers, G., Fuentes, S., Shuttleworth, L., Fox, M., Dalton, M., and Conroy, J. (2008): Evaluation of a combined soil EC and moisture sensor and its use to co-manage soil moisture and vine nitrogen in Grapevines (cv. Shiraz) under deficit irrigation. Acta Horticulturae 792: 543-549.
- Atwell, BJ, Martin, AE., Henery L., Rogers, GS., Seneweera, SP., Treadwell, M. and Conroy, JP. (2007) Canopy development and hydraulic function in Eucalyptus tereticornis grown in drought in CO2-enriched atmospheres. Functional Plant Biology, 2007, 34, 1137-1149.
- McConchie R., Rogers G. (Editors) (2007) Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Cucurbits, Townsville, Australia, 11-17 September 2005. Acta Horticulturae (No.731): 524 pages
- Long, R.L., Walsh, K.B., Midmore, D.J. and Rogers, G. (2006) Irrigation scheduling to increase muskmelon (Cucumis melo L.) fruit biomass and soluble solids concentration. HortScience 41 (2): 367-369.
- Rogers G. S., Jobling J., Titley M. E., et al. (2006) The influence of trimming intensity and pre-processing storage on the shelf life of fresh cut Romaine lettuce (Latuca sativa L.). Acta Horticulturae (No.712(Vol.1)): 231-235
- Lester G. E., Jifon J. L., Rogers G. (2005) Supplemental foliar potassium applications during muskmelon fruit development can improve fruit quality, ascorbic acid, and beta-carotene contents. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 130 (4): 649-653
- Fuentes, S., Kelley, G, Collins, M., Rogers, G., Conroy, J. (2005) Use of Infrared Thermography to Assess Spatial and Temporal Variability of Stomatal Conductance of Grapevines under Partial Rootzone Drying. An Irrigation Scheduling Application. Acta Horticulturae (No.689): 309-316