Dr John Kirkegaard

John Kirkegaard is a Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO Agriculture, based in Canberra and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and Charles Sturt University.  He received his PhD from the University of Queensland in 1990 and his subsequent research has focussed on understanding soil-plant interactions to improve the productivity, resource-use efficiency and sustainability of dryland farming systems. In recent years his teams have investigated aspects of improved crop sequence, rotational benefits and productivity of canola, improved subsoil water use by crops, integration of dual-purpose crops, and improved productivity in conservation agriculture. He has led numerous national research programs, is a regular invitee to international forums and advisory committees on agriculture and food security and was Visiting Professor at Crop Science Department, University of Copenhagen in 2012.  A hallmark of his innovative research has been its rapid adoption and impact in agriculture. He was recipient of the grains industry “Seed of Light” award in 2009, and in 2014 his team was awarded the Eureka Prize in sustainable agriculture for research to improve the water-use efficiency of Australian agriculture.  In May 2016, he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.


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