Shaping the Science of Tomorrow

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Professor Pamela Ronald with Alina and Arisede.  

‘Ideas are the currency of the future’; was a key take away from the Tropical Agriculture (TropAg) 2019, held from 11-13 November in Australia. TropAg celebrates scientific research success stories and examines the role the tropics play in addressing various global challenges of the future. This year eight Australia Awards–Africa scholars displayed their posters, six of were presented at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The scholars promoted Australia’s vast capabilities in agriculture, science, research and innovation. They established links with leading experts, such as Professor Pamela Ronald a distinguished professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Centre and the founding Director of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy at the University of California.

The Women in Agribusiness panel provided interesting insights – such as the importance of positive role models, fostering partnerships and creating future leaders. Australia Awards scholars were encouraged not to underestimate their ability to inspire people, even with the little things.

Here is a list of the scholars and their poster titles:

  1. Percy Rakoto from Madagascar studying towards a Master of Geospatial Science at RMIT University presented on ‘Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques to tackle unsustainable agriculture practice in Madagascar’.
  2. Daniel Ajaku Otawni from Kenya studying towards a Master of Agricultural Science at The University of Western Australia presented on ‘Participatory Variety Selection for enhanced promotion and adoption of improved finger millet varieties: A case for Central Tanzania’.
  3. Jerome Edem Abiemo from Ghana studying towards a Master of Agricultural Sciences at The University of Melbourne presented on ‘Fall Armyworm Invasion and Impact in Africa’.
  4. Alina Naa Densua Alberto Djanie from Ghana studying towards a Master of Agricultural Science at The University of Queensland presented on ‘The effect of heat treatment (hot water & dry heat) and drip-line placements on the yield and quality of garlic (Allium sativum)’.
  5. Arisede Chisaka from Zimbabwe studying towards a Master of Agricultural Science at The University of Queensland presented on ‘Identification of new single cross testers for CIMMYT Heterotic Group B maize germplasm adapted to Mid-Altitudes’.
  6. Rafael Nguenha from Mozambique presented studying towards a Master of Food Science and Technology at The University of Queensland on ‘The effect of photosensitization on activation of Aspergillus flavus in maize’.
  7. Nalukui Mukubesa from Zambia studying towards a Master of Food Science and Technology at The University of Queensland poster on ‘Photosensitization, a green treatment for the inactivation of Aspergillus flavius in peanuts mediated by curcumin’ was also on display at the conference.

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