Honorary Professor Bruce Sutton has a Eureka moment

18 August 2010

Honorary Professor Bruce Sutton from our Faculty shared the Eureka Water Research and Innovation Prize with Associate Professor Greg Leslie, from the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology at the University of NSW.

Their project, the Reverse Osmosis Capable Drip Irrigation System, lets plants draw water through salt filters in irrigation pipes at their roots, using tiny amounts of energy naturally created by evaporation at their leaves.

Described as the most significant irrigation innovation based on theoretical science in at least a decade, this work may soon be providing a lifeline for farms across Australia. It means that in future droughts it may be possible for farmers to efficiently tap into groundwater that would otherwise have remained out of bounds.

The winners received their awards at a prestigious ceremony last night attended by more than 800 of the country's top scientists, politicians and celebrities in the Randwick Pavilion at Sydney's Royal Randwick Racecourse.

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