Top award for cli­mate sci­en­tist

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

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.

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