When an industry partner approaches a scientist with a production issue that cannot be solved with current scientific knowledge there is opportunity to do some fundamental science that will lead an applied outcome. A lack of synchrony in nut abscission of macadamia prolongs the harvest period and necessitates multiple passes to collect nuts from the ground. Reasons for variation in yield of macadamia and avocado is not well understood. This seminar presents the results of investigations into nut abscission in macadamia and assessing the use of Photothermal Quotient (PTQ) to explain/predict variation in yield of macadamia and avocado.

Anthony headshotDr Anthony van Herwaarden

Anthony has worked with CSIRO, two universities and a CRC to investigate issues which face productive and sustainable farming communities in Australia. His research focusses on management practices and breeding strategies to improve the drought tolerance and production of broadacre crops and more recently horticultural tree crops. This work has involved initiating and facilitating collaboration between researchers, growers and industry in a participatory research approach. In 2003 he moved into a role as CSIRO’s QLD State Manager leading the formation of several alliances in health, energy, food and marine research and consolidation of research infrastructure to co-locate with partners. In 2016 he moved back into agricultural science roles at UQ doing what he loves best, solving industry problems with science.

Dr Anthony van Herwaarden, Head of Science and Strategy at Queensland Futures Institute and Casual Research Scientist at Centre for Horticultural Science E: a.vanherwaarden@uq.edu.au

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About Science Seminars

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation hosts science seminars across the disciplines of animal, horticulture, crop, food and nutritional sciences.

With a range of speakers from Australia and abroad, the series explores how high-impact science will significantly improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the tropical and sub-tropical food, fibre and agribusiness sectors.

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The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation is a research institute at The University of Queensland supported by the Queensland Government via the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.


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