Associate Professor Guy Roth

Director of Northern Agriculture, Plant Breeding Institute
School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Sydney Institute of Agriculture.

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

E12 - Plant Breeding Institute Narrabri
The University of Sydney

Telephone 0267992202

Biographical details

Guy Roth is the Director Northern Region Agriculture at The University of Sydney’s Narrabri Campus. He has worked for 25 years as a scientist, research manager and educator in agriculture.He is Chair of the National Primary Industries Water Use in Agriculture, Research and Development & Extension strategy and leads a national “Smarter Irrigation for Profit” project related to the cotton, dairy, rice and sugarcane industries. Guy was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Cotton Catchment Communities Cooperative Research Centre and Program Manager for the National Program for Sustainable Irrigation. In 2016 Guy was awarded the Cotton Industry’s Researcher of the Year Award.

Research interests

Dr Roth’s interests are focused on improving the productivity of farmers, fostering healthy and sustainable rural communities, contributing to agricultural education and facilitating research – industry collaborations.

His specific research interests span crop water relations, soil management, dryland cropping systems, remote sensing, digital and precision agriculture, food provenance, irrigation scheduling and agricultural sustainability reporting.

Dr Roth is a science in agriculture communication specialist and also has experience in knowledge and adoption strategy for rural industries. He has written and edited publications for journals, books, conferences and has run a number of forums/conferences for researchers and farmers.

Teaching and supervision

Earlier in his career Guy was a Lecturer at The University New England, Armidale in agronomy and soil science. His main role was teaching the Cotton CRC cotton course undertaken by consultants, agronomists, and the agribusiness sector. He has completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education at UNE, which helped place a greater emphasis on adult learning principles, problem solving skills, communication, group work and evaluation.

The course won the National Award, Business & Higher Education Round Table Award (BHERT Achievement in Collaborative Education and Training) and he was presented the “Corporate Citizenship” award by the Chief Executive.

Dr Roth also taught the Agricultural Systems Unit to final year Rural Science Students, and was a member of UNE Farms Committee, Patron of Rural Science Undergraduate Society.

He has co supervised 4 PhD students, 2 masters students and around 15 Honours students.

Awards and honours

Cotton Reseracher of Year Award 2016. http://www.australiancottonawards.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Case-Study-Dr-Guy-Roth-Final.pdf

In the media

http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/rural-news/2016-12-27/urban-wheat-crop-grown-on-narrabri-footpath-provides-harvest/8142332

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/.../f18a6c0eb6ba426c41ab9bfb49555400

https://farmers.org.au/community/blog/producing-food-for-the-world.html

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2019

  • Paddock-to-plate for native grains � a whole system research approach to commercialisation project; Pattison A, Roth G, Bell T, Keitel C, Phan-Thien K, Phillips S, Leung H, Williams L; Sydney Institute of Agriculture/Sydney Institute of Agriculture Research Projects.

2018

  • Irrigation data science research capacity for the Australian cotton industry; Roth G; Cotton Research and Development Corporation/Research and Development Projects.

2017

  • Minimising yield variability to maximise yield; Bishop T, Filippi P, Vervoort R, Whelan B, Evans B, Tan D, Cattle S, Roth G; Cotton Research and Development Corporation/Research and Development Projects.
  • NSW Industry and Community Engagement SEED Program - Guy Roth - Crop monitoring using plant based sensors - ICT International Pty Ltd; Roth G; ICT International Pty Ltd/Client Commissioned Research.
  • DigiFarm. A digitally enabled durable agroecosystem; McBratney A, Roth G, Field D, Young I, Ingram L, Gonzalez L, Minasny B, Murphy R, Sukkarieh S, Pattison A, Trethowan R, Walsh M, Whelan B, Bishop T; Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (Federal)/National Landcare Program - Smart Farming Partnerships.
  • Smart Irrigation - Project Leadership and Coordination; Roth G; Cotton Research and Development Corporation/Research and Development Projects.

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • Filippi, P., Jones, E., Ginns, B., Whelan, B., Roth, G., Bishop, T. (2019). Mapping the Depth-to-Soil pH Constraint, and the Relationship with Cotton and Grain Yield at the Within-Field Scale. Agronomy, 9, 1-15. [More Information]
  • Roth, G. (2019). Seizing water research opportunities - a necessary grand challenge. Farm Policy Journal, 16(2), 24-34.
  • Roth, G., Harris, G., Gillies, M., Montgomery, J., Wigginton, D. (2013). Water-use efficiency and productivity trends in Australian irrigated cotton: A review. Crop and Pasture Science, 64(43080), 1033-1048. [More Information]

Research Reports

  • Roth, G., Day, P., Foley, J., Gall, L., Hills, J., Jamali, H., Jaramillo, A., McAllister, A., McCarthy, A., et al (2018). Smarter Irrigation for Profit: A snapshot of research, Narrabri, Australia: Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC).
  • Roth, G., Jenson, M., Foley, J., Gall, L., Hills, J., Jamali, H., Jaramillo, A., McAllister, A., McCarthy, A., et al (2018). Smarter Irrigation for Profit: Case Studies, (pp. 1 - 15). Narrabri, Australia: Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC).

2019

  • Filippi, P., Jones, E., Ginns, B., Whelan, B., Roth, G., Bishop, T. (2019). Mapping the Depth-to-Soil pH Constraint, and the Relationship with Cotton and Grain Yield at the Within-Field Scale. Agronomy, 9, 1-15. [More Information]
  • Roth, G. (2019). Seizing water research opportunities - a necessary grand challenge. Farm Policy Journal, 16(2), 24-34.

2018

  • Roth, G., Day, P., Foley, J., Gall, L., Hills, J., Jamali, H., Jaramillo, A., McAllister, A., McCarthy, A., et al (2018). Smarter Irrigation for Profit: A snapshot of research, Narrabri, Australia: Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC).
  • Roth, G., Jenson, M., Foley, J., Gall, L., Hills, J., Jamali, H., Jaramillo, A., McAllister, A., McCarthy, A., et al (2018). Smarter Irrigation for Profit: Case Studies, (pp. 1 - 15). Narrabri, Australia: Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC).

2013

  • Roth, G., Harris, G., Gillies, M., Montgomery, J., Wigginton, D. (2013). Water-use efficiency and productivity trends in Australian irrigated cotton: A review. Crop and Pasture Science, 64(43080), 1033-1048. [More Information]

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