Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 June 2018 | International Convention Centre, Sydney

Dr Keith Bristow

Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

Dr Keith Bristow

Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

Dr Keith L. Bristow is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO in Townsville, northern Australia. His research focusses on understanding the interactions between soil, water, agriculture and the environment. He has extensive experience leading tactical, strategic and transdisciplinary research activities in irrigated systems and integrated water resources management across Australia, and particularly in northern tropical Australia. He currently leads the CSIRO team that is developing and seeking to commercialise a new Sprayable Biodegradable Polymer Membrane (SBPM) Technology as an alternative to petroleum based preformed plastic mulch films that are widely used in crop production.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5. 10

When: Day 2 – Thursday, 14 June 2018, 16.00 – 16.30

Abstract Outline: Preformed Plastic Mulch Films (PPMFs) have been used successfully to radically improve crop yields by reducing soil evaporation, suppressing weeds, conserving soil water and modifying soil temperature. The problem is that these PPMFs have also caused widespread pollution of our soil and water systems resulting in a decline in crop yields. We discuss work we’ve done to date in developing a Sprayable Biodegradable Polymer Membrane (SBPM) Technology as an alternative to PPMFs and the challenges we face in commercialising this new Technology.

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