RESEARCH FIELD HELPS FEED THE WORLD
DAVID Tabah is senior plant breeder in canola and crop research lead for Pacific Seeds.
He is a geneticist in charge of managing the canola breeding program and creating and assessing thousands of new varieties every year to select new hybrids for farmers to grow.
“We aim for higher yields, better agronomy and better disease resistance,” he says.
To reach this point in his career, Tabah studied a Master of Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford and produced PhD research on molecular and classical plant genetics while at the University of Bristol.
“The best part of my role is seeing one of my new varieties growing in a farmer’s paddock and seeing higher yields and increased productivity in general,” he says.
“You know you are making a difference to farmers’ lives and you are helping address the wider issues of producing more food for a growing world population.”
Tabah’s advice for others interested in his line of work is to commit to postgraduate study – at least a Master of Science but preferably a PhD.
“Get as much practical experience as possible, in the field and greenhouse especially,” he says.
“This is an often difficult job, highly diverse, with lots of travel, long days and work out in the field in all weather, so make sure you keep fit.”