2009 News archive

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December 2009
So you think you can trade carbon?   View Summary
13 December 2009
Trading carbonAs the Copenhagen negotiations proceed, and our political parties reshuffle themselves in response to the associated political pressures, you are invited to try your hand at virtual carbon.
November 2009
Will it Rain on the Grain? PhD scholarships available.   View Summary
30 November 2009
GrainGrain Growers will know that successful grain production depends heavily on reliable seasonal rainfall and temperature forecasts. However, the highly variable climate means that current forecasts lack detail in space and time.
Funding from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for a national soil science curriculum.    View Summary
17 November 2009
Students at NowleyProfessor Alex McBratney, working with Dr Tony Koppi and Dr Damien Field, has been awarded a grant from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council to research the development of a national soil science curriculum in response to the needs of students, academic staff, industry and the wider community.
COP15 Copenhagen   View Summary
12 November 2009
Prof Alex McBratneyAt the Convention to Combat Climate Change in Copenhagen Prof Alex McBratney will be participating as a member of the European Commission delegation.
New PhD Scholarships funded by the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre    View Summary
10 November 2009
BushfireThe Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre and the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Sydney, are pleased to announce full ($30K) and top-up ($10K) scholarships for students interested in researching key issues for fire-fighting and land management agencies around Australia.
Australian plant scientist wins prestigious research prize   View Summary
5 November 2009
Dr ALison BentleyFaculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources graduate, and now UK-based post-doctoral researcher, Dr Alison Bentley has won the British Society for Plant Pathology's '2009 best student paper' award for her research on crown rot in wheat, a major disease in the Australian grain belt.
October 2009
$4.5 million for Centre for Carbon, Water and Food   View Summary
26 October 2009
PBI GreenhousesThe Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has welcomed the Federal Government's announcement of $4.5 million of funding over three years for the establishment of the Centre for Carbon, Water and Food at the University's Camden campus.
Undergraduate Research Conference (SOwFI)    View Summary
21 October 2009
Stepping Out with Fresh Ideas Conference LogoThe Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is holding its second annual undergraduate research conference, Stepping Out with Fresh Ideas (SOwFI), from November 4th-6th inclusive.
Recent success in Horticulture projects   View Summary
21 October 2009
Horticulture projects successDr Gordon Rogers and Dr Jenny Jobling have recently been successful in attracting more than $1.3M research funds from the horticultural industry
Prof. Robert Park receives Friendship Award of China   View Summary
6 October 2009
Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang (R) presents a medal and certificate to Prof. Robert Park Robert Park travelled to Beijing last week to receive the Friendship Award of China, at the Friendship Award Ceremony for Foreign Experts at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
September 2009
Outback's loss is Sydney's gain   View Summary
30 September 2009
Dr Stephen CattleWhen Sydney University's resident dust expert Dr Stephen Cattle awoke last Wednesday, the biggest day of his career had blown into town.
ASSSI NSW Branch: Annual Harald Jensen Lecture   View Summary
21 September 2009
ASSSI NSW branchThis year our distinguished Professor Alex McBratney will deliver the Harald Jensen Lecture, focusing on the topic: Soil Carbon: The Known Unknowns.
Future Fellows at FAFNR, The University of Sydney   View Summary
15 September 2009
The University of SydneyTwo of the newly appointed Senior Lecturers at the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources - Dr Margaret Barbour and Dr Peter Franks - have also won ARC Future Fellowships.
NEW Rural Sustainability Scholarships   View Summary
9 September 2009
ScholarshipsDean of The Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Mark Adams announces 25 new scholarships for regional students.
Register now for Spring Back to Sydney   View Summary
8 September 2009
Spring Back to SydneyBe sure to register today for the Spring Back to Sydney Alumni Reunion. All graduates and their families are invited to enjoy a full day of festivities, cultural and sporting events and family activities.
Science Honours in the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources   View Summary
7 September 2009
Honours Info Week 14-18 September 2009Honours Info Week from 14-18 September 2009
August 2009
New Undergraduate Guide   View Summary
27 August 2009
New undergraduate guideTake a look at the range of degrees in agricultural science available in 2010, especially the NEW Bachelor of Environmental Systems.
Caveat empty: the question of Cubbie   View Summary
20 August 2009
Cubbie Station in southern Queensland is for saleCubbie Station in southern Queensland is for sale, we need to consider whether it is a good idea for the federal government to spend public money to buy it.
July 2009
Sustainable Futures Forum 2009: Carbon, Water, Food   View Summary
13 July 2009
Leaf of Forum logoThe Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is proud to present "Sustainable Futures 2009: Carbon, Water, Food" in Cooma on 6 August.
June 2009
Long Service Awards   View Summary
16 June 2009
Kate RuddAgriculture staff with a total of 110 years of service will be honoured at the University of Sydney's Long Service Awards Ceremony held at the Great Hall on Tuesday 23 June 2009.
Symposium session recordings available online   View Summary
16 June 2009
Video recordings of the 2009 Research Symposium are now available online.
Dr Bob McIntosh recognised in 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours   View Summary
8 June 2009
Bob McIntoshDr Bob McIntosh, BSc Agr, MSc Agr, PhD, has been recognised with an Order of Australia award for his lifetime of work in the wheat industry.
May 2009
Annual Research Symposium, 12 June 2009, Agriculture: Can it be Sustainable?   View Summary
13 May 2009
Research Symposium 2009In our problematic world faced with crises of food, water, energy and climate security the need for a sustainable agriculture is fast becoming of paramount importance. But the question is, can agriculture be sustainable? Our researchers and key invited speakers will address and debate this critical question and hopefully will give us some clues to the way ahead.
March 2009
Soil scientists to create global soil map   View Summary
13 March 2009
Alex McBratneyUniversity of Sydney scientists are behind a technology that will map most of the ice-free land surface of the globe over the next five years in order to create something akin to a "Google Earth" for soil quality.
February 2009
Sydney University experts comment on Victorian Fires   View Summary
9 February 2009
bushfireThe bushfires that swept Victoria are unparalleled in Australia in terms of the original weather conditions and resulting devastation, says Professor Mark Adams.