Top award for climate scientist
A YOUNG agricultural climatologist has been recognised for her contribution to Australia’s food security with the inaugural $5000 ICM Agrifood Award from the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
Dr Rebecca Darbyshire, of the DPI, said the award put the spotlight on the value of innovation in agricultural research.
“Scientific research is challenging and important to the agricultural sector and it’s rewarding to see young men and women are valued for our contributions.”
DPI climate director Jason Crean said Dr Darbyshire’s research had focused on leading climate change readiness for Australian fruit and tree nut industries.
“Rebecca has boosted industry knowledge of fruit tree responses to weather conditions, focusing on winter chill, extreme heat damage and flowering cycles,” Dr Crean said.
“Farmers in those industries now have the tools to better make decisions and investments, which boost productivity and profitability in a variable climate.”
Dr Darbyshire had developed ways to make complex scientific results more accessible for farmers, Dr Crean said.
SMART: Rebecca Darbyshire is helping growers face climate change.