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DR DOUG EDMEADES ­ AgResearch (NZ)

PAPER: "Fact or Fiction? How do I know who is telling the truth?"

QUALIFICATIONS:

·BSc Chemistry, University of Auckland ·MSc (Hons) Chemistry, University of Auckland ·PhD Soil Science, University of Canterbury ·Diploma of Management, University of Auckland Dr Edmeades commenced his science career in 1977 at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food in Ruakura NZ, initially his research interests were on soil acidity and liming. In 1985 he was awarded an ANZAC Fellowship and spent a year at the University of Queensland studying the effects of aluminium toxicity on pasture plants. In 1988 he was appointed group leader (Soils and Fertilisers) at Ruakura and in 1991 became the National Science Program Leader (Soils and Fertiliser) in the newly formed AgResearch. After 20 years in his role as a soil scientist at Ruakura, Doug left institutional science in 1997 and established his own science consulting business, which has evolved into agKnowledge. Dr Edmeades has published 90 scientific papers, several books, booklets and pamphlets and countless popular articles.

DR JEFF BALDOCK ­ CSIRO Land and Water

PAPER: "Options for increasing Soil Carbon content" QUALIFICATIONS

·Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry/Biochemistry (1989), Waite Agricultural Research Institute, University of Adelaide. Title: Influence of calcium on the decomposition of organic materials in soil. ·MSc in Soil Chemistry with Distinction (1985), University of Guelph, Canada. Title: Influence of cropping history on soil aggregation and various binding agents. ·B.Sc. Agricultural Science (Soil Science) with Distinction (1983), University of Guelph, Canada Dr Baldock has studied the chemistry and functions of organic matter across a range of natural environments including agricultural soils. He also has significant research experience in quantifying the cycling of nitrogen and the derivation of water and nitrogen balances in dryland agricultural systems. He has contributed to increasing the understanding of interactions between soil organic matter and soil mineral surfaces and the effects that this may have on the stabilisation of soil carbon against mineralisation. He has also made significant contributions to defining the role of organic matter and its fractions in the stabilisation of soil structure.

MARK SEYMOUR ­ Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

PAPER: "Four Decades of Crop Sequence Research in Western Australia" QUALIFICATIONS:

·Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Hons. (UWA) ·Master of Science in Agriculture (UWA) Mark started with Dr Wal Anderson on wheat agronomy project as a technician, based in South Perth in 1987. He worked on trials in central wheatbelt. Appointed to "South Coast Lupin Agronomy" project at Esperance in 1988. Until 1993 conducted research and extension on time of sowing, seed rates, varieties, nutrition, physiology of pod set, growth regulators of lupins. He also investigated the role of grain legumes on heavy textured soils in the low and medium rainfall zones north of Esperance. In 1994 commenced research on the GRDC funded project "Farming systems for waterlogging prone sandplain soils of the south coast". This project investigated the role of surface drainage in controlling waterlogging on shallow sandplain soils and the adaptation of species and varieties of cereals and broad-leaved plants to waterlogging. Appointed in August 1996 to Research Officer position in GRDC funded projects on pulses based at Esperance. Currently he is involved in a Dynamic Crop Sequence experiment at Katanning. Mark is the winner of the Pulse Australia "Western Australian Pulse Agronomist of the Year 2002".

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