Rachel Wood

PhD Candidate, Functional Grains Centre

Rachel Wood

PhD Candidate, Functional Grains Centre

Rachael Wood is a PhD candidate with the Functional Grains Centre based at the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Agricultural Research Institute in Yanco. Her project investigates the impact of farm practices on grain quality of rice grown in south-eastern Australia.  Before beginning her PhD, Rachael worked for the NSW DPI’s Biosecurity group researching pests of stored grain. She graduated with an honours degree in animal science and agriculture from La Trobe University in 2013.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5.6

When: Day 3 – Friday, 15 June 2018, 12.00 – 12.30

Abstract Outline: The presentation will showcase results from grain quality analysis from two years of field trials.  Rachel will include a brief introduction to grain quality and its importance in the Australian rice industry including differences in the cost margins for farmers producing optimum and poor quality grain.

She will describe the different irrigation practices used in rice production including delayed permanent water (DPW) which results in significant water savings. Rachel will discuss how DPW has impacted grain yield based on previous research. Her presentation will then move on to the experiments conducted over two field seasons including the methods and results. She will conclude the seminar with a summary of the key results and possible implications for the rice industry.

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