Scientists in the news this week: June 12, 2020

This is your update of University of Adelaide scientists in the news, for the week ending June 12, 2020.


Nitrogen Reference Manual For The Southern Cropping Region

Agriculture, food and wine

Associate Professor Matthew Denton was the lead of a collaborative project which produced a nitrogen reference manual for the Southern Cropping Region.

The aim of this manual was to provide support for growers and advisers who want to capture crop yield potential by understanding the in-season nitrogen (N) requirements of crops. This resource was discussed in Rural Business and SeedQuest.


Dr Peter Boutsalis interviews with ABC Ballarat about the survey in South West Victoria in which they have been collecting ryegrass in the area for more than five years. Chemical resistance tests have been done which has detected a tenfold increase in glyphosate-resistance in ryegrass.


Dr Susan Hazel

Animal and veterinary sciences

Dr Suzan Hazel discusses the abilities of dog's sense of smell and hearing on


Vikrant Minhas

Biological sciences

Research Centre for Infectious Diseases PhD candidate Vikrant Minhas featured in The Conversation discussing new research that has discovered how deadly bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae use a common plant derived sugar, raffinose, to spread through the body.

Associate Professor Ben Sparrow speaks to Cosmos as the Wild Orchid Watch (WOW) project leader. Associate Professor Sparrow discusses the WOW app which aims to be a game-changer in bringing people together to work toward ensuring the survival of the threatened Orchid species.

Dr Katie Irvine also features in an article by Cosmos about the Wild Orchid Watch app, highlighting its purpose, how it works, and what it hopes to achieve.

The Murray Pioneer featured further coverage of Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries who led a project which focused on the discovery and documentation of native Australian wasps. As part of this project she visited primary schools and trained students to catch insects using malaise traps, contributing to the discovery of a new wasp species. The new species is yet to be named.


Students and alumni

Wine graduate Trina Smith features in the magazine Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine. She discusses her portfolio of work in the wine industry, her passion for making wine and her current ventures with Jacob’s Creek. Smith has been names as a finalist in the Gourmet Traveller Wine Winemaker of the Year awards.

Southern Margaret River winemaker Luke Jolliffe, agriculture and oenology graduate, is featured in the Boorowa Mail and Busselton Mail discussing his career and being named as a finalist in the Gourmet Traveller Wine Winemaker of the Year awards.

Ongoing coverage of wine alumni and Mollydooker Wines owner and CEO Sarah Marquis on Smart Company and MSN about her experience with COVID-19.


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