Scientists in the news this week: June 19, 2020

The news this week has been dominated by University of Adelaide agricultural scientists and wine alumni.

This is your update of University of Adelaide scientists in the news, for the week ending June 19, 2020.


Faculty of Sciences

The University of Sussex announced it has appointed Professor Keith Jones as its next Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise). Professor Jones is the current Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide and will take up the new role in September.


Chris Preston weed science

Professor Christopher Preston featured across multiple platforms this week.

Agriculture, food and wine

Professor Christopher Preston features on Market Scanner as a guest speaker at the annual Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Update for Tasmania. Preston’s question and answer session focusses on how to tackle herbicide resistance with both new and old chemistries in Tasmanian farming systems.

Professor Preston also features on the Grain Central website in an article focusing on annual ryegrass control.

Professor Timothy Cavagnaro, Joseph Marks and Dr Thomas Lines feature on the Wine Titles news blog about providing input and advice into a project focused on baselining a vineyard’s soil organic carbon level.

Wine Australia reports about innovative projects underway in the Riverland region which are upping the ante and taking the science of precision watering to a new level. The program is led by viticulture and vineyard engineering expert Dr Vinay Pagay.

A nitrogen reference manual for the Southern Cropping Region has ongoing coverage across platforms, this week in Country News. This collaborative project was led by Associate Professor Matthew Denton.

Continued coverage of Associate Professor Gurjeet Gill's expert advice about delayed crop sowing and the impact it has on weed control of populations. This week it features in Rural Business.


Molly Hennekam from the University's Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility 

Molly Hennekam featured in The Advertiser this week

Biological sciences

Molly Hennekam from the University's Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility features in *The Advertiser for her work with Seaton High School students training as qualified drone pilots.

Students began their team projects using their remote pilots license to identify, monitor and manage the weeds on Kangaroo Island and also to work with landowners to evaluate crop health.

Get Farming features a project led by Associate Professor Phill Cassey which aims to develop a long-term automated monitoring tool to improve Australia’s plant biosecurity.


Wine Science alumni Mauricio and Ben - Juguette

Wine alumni Mauricio Ruiz Cantú and Ben Caldwell

Students and alumni

Wine graduates Mauricio Ruiz Cantú and Ben Caldwell, founders of Somos Wines, are celebrated on Good Fruit and Vegetables as representatives of McLaren Vale in the Young Gun of Wine Top 50.

Wine Titles shares that agriculture graduate and long-standing member of The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO), William Hardy, received the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to the wine industry.

Science graduate Dr John Harvey, has been appointed a SA Grains Industry Trust trustee. Dr Harvey speaks to Stock Journal about the appointment.

Sciences graduate Dr Brian Morris is celebrated for dedication to the field of scientific research in Marquis Who's Who. This story features on Press Release

Stock Journal features the ongoing news story about wine alumni and Mollydooker Wines owner and CEO Sarah Marquis who speaks about her experience with COVID-19 and what the future holds for her company.

Southern Margaret River winemaker Luke Jolliffe, agriculture and oenology graduate, continues to be featured in the news this week in Augusta Margaret River Mail. Jolliffe discusses his career and is named as a finalist in the Gourmet Traveller Wine Winemaker of the Year awards.

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