WA Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan has presented three young scientists with postgraduate scholarships to pursue research that will give the Western Australian grains industry a competitive edge.
The four-year scholarships, valued at $190,000 each, have been provided by the WA Government as an investment in the scientific capacity and future innovation in the WA grains industry:
- Xin Du (Murdoch University) – supporting grains market access by demonstrating how synthetic amorphous silica works to kill grains insects resistant to phosphine;
- Leon Hodgson (Curtin University’s Centre for Crop and Disease Management) – reducing yield losses in barley caused by fungicide resistance in the disease net blotch; and
- Brenton Leske (The University of Western Australia) – improving frost tolerance in wheat by generating a better understanding of the plant’s physiological response to frost.
The WA Department of Agriculture and Food will provide work-based mentors, scientific guidance and access to extensive field and laboratory resources to the recipients.
Source: WA Government