A SCIENTIST with a long career in entomology has been named the new President of the Ag Institute Australia Queensland Division.
Peter Allsopp was elected at the Division annual meeting held in Brisbane last week, in conjunction with the Innovations in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management conference.
Also at the conference, leading Queensland researcher Professor Graeme Hammer was honoured with the prestigious Australian Medal of Agricultural Science.
Professor Hammer is Director of the Centre of Plant Science in the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation and has worked as a research scientist with DAFF in Toowoomba and Brisbane before joining UQ in 2001.
Professor Hammer conducts research on the physiology and genetics of crops with a focus on water productivity in cereals.
His research underpins the development of mathematical models which can simulate the results of genetic and management manipulation of crops.
The work on his group has been recognised with a $4 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to lead international research on drought tolerant sorghum varieties.
"Our focus is on research that will have a real impact for the agricultural sector," Professor Hammer said.
Toowoomba-based consultant Tim Neale also led a discussion on precision technologies.
"There is a lot of talk about the future benefit of technology but it's happening right now," Mr Neale said.
"Precision agriculture can be a real driver for future productivity," he said.
"The tools are now available for every property to become a research station," Mr Neale said.
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