2013 News archive

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December 2013
National Biochar Workshop (Recent advances and futures research directions)   View Summary
12 December 2013
Biochar WorkshopThis workshop, on 16 December, is intended to present significant research findings from the recent work and formulate future research directions for biochar research in Australia.
Postgraduate Scholarship in Plant Molecular Genetics    View Summary
9 December 2013
ArabidopsisA full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate to undertake research studies leading to a PhD in molecular genetics.
A set of practical methods for use in Digital Soil Mapping   View Summary
4 December 2013
Dr Brendan MaloneDr Brendan Malone has been awarded the CG Stephens PhD Award in Soil Science by the Australian Society of Soil Science for his 2012 thesis 'Practicable methodologies for delivering comprehensive spatial soils information'
3 World-leading positions in the International Union of Soil Sciences    View Summary
4 December 2013
SoilBudiman Minasny, Balwant Singh and Damien Field have been elected for 4 years as Chairs of 3 different Commissions in the IUSS
November 2013
More foodies but fewer people to produce Australia's food    View Summary
28 November 2013
Australian wheatThere is an ever-increasing shortfall of young people interested in producing Australia's food, including food for export markets
ARC Discovery grant success   View Summary
21 November 2013
Prof ALex McBratneyThe recent ARC Discovery grant received by Prof Alex McBratney and his colleagues, A/Prof. Budiman Minasny and Dr. Brendan Malone, will derive a general spatial scaling theory, enabling those concerned with sustainable land management to estimate the likely behaviour of soil properties at all spatial scales.
Our Postgraduate students awarded   View Summary
19 November 2013
PhD Student Sabina YeasminTwo of our Postgraduate students, Sabina Yeasmin and Waqar Ahmad, have recently received awards. One from the Clay Minerals Society and one from the ASA-CSSA-SSA.
2013 Spatially Enabled Livestock Management Symposium   View Summary
12 November 2013
2013 Spatially Enabled Livestock Management SymposiumThe fourth Spatially Enabled Livestock Management Symposium was recently held at the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment's new Centre for Carbon, Water & Food, Camden between the 26-27th September.
Australia-Kenya partnerships work towards a food secure Kenya    View Summary
7 November 2013
Mr Phineas Nyaga and H.E. Mr Geoff ToothA Kenya-Australia partnerships forum on agriculture was held in Nairobi on 29 October as part of the Australia Awards Africa Fellowships in Post-harvest. The Australian High Commissioner to Kenya, HE Mr Geoff Tooth spoke at the event, along with a representative of the Cabinet Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture.
Professor Robert Park recognised for fight against cereal disease    View Summary
4 November 2013
Professor Robert ParkProfessor Robert Park, whose research into cereal disease continues to benefit Australian grain growers and the broader community, has been recognised as an international leader in plant pathology and genetics.
October 2013
4th Year Undergraduate Honours Student Conference - Stepping Out with Fresh Ideas (SOwFI)   View Summary
30 October 2013
SOwFI - Stepping Out with Fresh IdeasThe Faculty of Agriculture and Environment will once again be hosting its annual 4th Year Honours Conference - Stepping Out with Fresh Ideas (SOwFI) on 7 & 8 November 2013. The venue for this unique student event will be The Carriage Works in Australian Technology Park, Bay 6, room 6B.
Sow the seeds for farming's future   View Summary
22 October 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael SpenceEducation is needed to make the most of the big chance for Agriculture, says Vice Chancellor Dr Michael Spence
Marion L. and Chrystie M. Jackson Soil Science Award for Associate Professor Balwant Singh    View Summary
22 October 2013
A/Prof Balwant SinghAssociate Professor Balwant Singh has been awarded The Marion L. and Chrystie M. Jackson Soil Science Award by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) for his outstanding contributions (research, teaching, and impact of total contributions on soil science) in the areas of soil chemistry and mineralogy.
Planting seeds for tomorrow...a message of thanks from the Dean   View Summary
21 October 2013
Professor Mark Adams, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and EnvironmentOn behalf of The University of Sydney and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment (FAE) the Dean would like to thank each individual donor and organisation for their generous contributions to the FAE Dean's Priorities Fund, the Research Priorities Fund and the Scholarships Fund.
September 2013
Agriculture Ball 2013   View Summary
24 September 2013
Agriculture Ball 2013Faculty staff and students are invited to celebrate the end of the academic year at the Agriculture Ball 2013 on 1 November.
Faculty team wins the 2013 Australian Universities Crops Competition   View Summary
23 September 2013
The winning FAE teamThe University of Sydney team from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment won the 2013 Australian Universities Crop Competition (AUCC) based on the three highest scoring individuals from each university. The competition was held in Temora, NSW from 18-20 September 2013, organised by Grain Growers and sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, GRDC and Farmoz.
August 2013
Australian team recognised for responsible gene stewardship   View Summary
28 August 2013
Professor Robert ParkRecognising their efforts to combat wheat rust diseases, the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) awarded the Gene Stewardship prize to researchers at three Australian institutions this month during the 2013 BGRI Technical Workshop in New Delhi, India.
PBI Narrabri Field Day 2013   View Summary
19 August 2013
PBI Narrabri Field Day 2013Come and hear about new developments including advances in crown rot resistance of wheat, pulse breeding and research and the national effort to enhance the water-use-efficiency of wheat.
Alex McBratney wins 'Nobel prize' for soil science   View Summary
8 August 2013
Professor Alex McBratneyThe highest honour in the discipline of soil science, widely regarded as its 'Nobel prize', has been awarded to Professor Alex McBratney.
July 2013
2013 Faculty Alumni Award Winners    View Summary
31 July 2013
2013 Alumni Awards in the Faculty of Agriculture and EnvironmentThe Faculty Alumni Awards for 2013 will be presented by the Dean Professor Mark Adams at the Annual Awards Cocktail Reception held on Wednesday 31 July in MacLaurin Hall, The Quadrangle.
Appointment to Judith and David Coffey Chair in Sustainable Agriculture   View Summary
23 July 2013
Professor Robert ParkThe Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Professor Mark Adams is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Robert Park to the Judith and David Coffey Chair in Sustainable Agriculture.
The Day After Tomorrow (Holistic Management Conference)   View Summary
17 July 2013
Dr Allan SavoryA Holistic Management Conference to be held on 6 August at the Australian National Field Days Site, Orange, to include the inaugural Bruce Ward and George Gundry Legacy Lecture.
Ancient crop could help safeguard world's wheat   View Summary
16 July 2013
Wheat cropUsing a crop popular in the Bronze Age but almost unknown today, University of Sydney scientists have helped pave the way to creating wheat resistant to the fungal disease stem rust.
ARC linkage project success   View Summary
15 July 2013
Australian Research CouncilOptimisation of catchment management: stable isotope studies of water storage and yield, will receive $541,581 over four years.
June 2013
3 MINUTE THESIS CHALLENGE 2013   View Summary
17 June 2013
Last year's winner Mana GharunThe University of Sydney 3MT consists of a series of heats (usually held in August), the winner of which will compete in the Australia and New Zealand competition (usually held in September).
Erika Watson awarded 2013 AIAST Medal for Young Professional in Agriculture Industry   View Summary
4 June 2013
Erika WatsonThe award recognises the outstanding contribution to the advancement of agriculture in Australia by an AIAST member under 35 and is awarded annually, only if the AIAST board considers a candidate to be of sufficient merit.
April 2013
International scholarships give a Sydney experience   View Summary
16 April 2013
Melissa Moyce, a Bachelor of Environmental Systems student, is one of the recipientsOne of our students, Melissa Moyce is enjoying a Sydney experience, thanks to this year's Sydney Achievers International Scholarships and Dr Abdul Kalam International Scholarships.
Soil Spectral Inference Workshop   View Summary
12 April 2013
A/Prof. Budiman Minasny showed one of our field NIR instruments to the participantsA two-day intensive workshop has been presented on 4-5 April 2013 at the Soil Security Lab. The workshop covered three relevant areas of; how to process spectral data and how this can be used to measure the soil properties; techniques for soil spectral inference, and making it work in the field.
March 2013
2013 PPB Advisory Agricultural Scholarship: Call for Applications   View Summary
26 March 2013
PBB  ScholarshipOpen to 2013 Year 3 students in the Bachelor Agricultural Economics, $10,000 per year for 2 years awarded.
Digital Soil Mapping Training for Indonesian Soil Scientists   View Summary
21 March 2013
Indonesian delegation with Dr Nathan OdgersThe Soil Security Lab in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Sydney recently hosted a training program for nine delegates from the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research & Development (IAARD), Ministry of Agriculture on Digital Soil Mapping (7 - 15 March 2013).
Stable isotopes conference at the Centre for Carbon Water and Food   View Summary
18 March 2013
Isotope courseThe Faculty of Agriculture and Environment recently hosted the first Stable Isotopes in Biosphere Systems (SIBS) workshop, which took place February 3-10 at the new Centre for Carbon Water and Food at the Cobbitty campus of the University of Sydney and was co-sponsored by the Australian National University
2013 RD Watt Lecture by Dr David Whitehead   View Summary
17 March 2013
RD WattThis year's lecture was held as part of the launch of the new Centre and was delivered by the Chief Scientist of Landcare Research in New Zealand, Dr David Whitehead.
Prime Minister launches new $20 million University of Sydney Centre for Carbon, Water and Food   View Summary
7 March 2013
Prime Minister Julia Gillard launched the University's new Centre for Carbon, Water and FoodAustralia's first multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to tackling the nation's and region's biggest food security and environmental challenges, through the integrated study of carbon, food and water, has been launched today by Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture 1973/1974 Reunion   View Summary
7 March 2013
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture 1973/1974 ReunionBachelor of Science in Agriculture 1973/1974 Reunion will be held at Saturday 13 April, 6-7PM at Mudgee Valley Tourist Park, Bell Street.
Call for Nominations: 2013 Faculty Alumni Awards   View Summary
5 March 2013
ALumni AwardsAlumni and friends are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2013 Faculty Alumni Awards. The awards will recognise the extraordinary difference our alumni make in Australia and around the world.
Project aims to deliver growth in Indochina   View Summary
5 March 2013
BeesUniversity of Sydney academics are working with partners from Cambodia Vietnam and Laos to improve the way agriculture is taught at universities in Indochina.
February 2013
2012 Honours at graduation, our dean's list of academic excellence and prizes   View Summary
21 February 2013
StudentsThe list of the Faculty's 2012 Honours at graduation, our dean's list of academic excellence and prizes.
2013 James S Ashton Memorial Scholarship: Call for Applications   View Summary
14 February 2013
Mrs Ashton with 2012 Ashton Scholarship recipient Hugh StahelOpen to 2013 Year 4 students in the Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, valued at $3,000. Applications close Monday 18 March.
January 2013
Stable Isotopes Workshop   View Summary
31 January 2013
SIBS WorkshopA hands-on course on the theory and applications of stable isotopes taught by lead scientists in the field from 3-10 February 2013
Produce Industry Leaders Launch Website for Fresh Produce Safety    View Summary
17 January 2013
Fresh Produce Safety - Australia & New Zealand (FPS) websiteUniversity of Sydney's Faculty of Agriculture and Environment and PMA Australia-New Zealand establish website, dedicated to all aspects of food safety for the fresh produce industries of Australia and New Zealand.
Heatwave crops   View Summary
10 January 2013
peasWith heatwaves predicted to increase in intensity and duration, the importance of heat tolerant crops is becoming increasingly urgent.