USA cropping expert visits Narrabri region

18 October, 2004

World renowned plant physiologist and crop modeller, Dr Tom Sinclair, is spending two weeks in the Narrabri region to exchange views and ideas on a wide range of crop growth and crop-water relationship issues.

Dr Sinclair, a world expert on crop evapotranspiration, water use efficiency, and crop radiation use efficiency, will visit the Australian Cotton Research Institute at Narrabri from October 21-29, as part of the Cotton CRC’s Scientific Exchange program.

__Dr Mike Bange (pictured)from CSIRO Plant Industry, a Program Leader in the Cotton CRC, which will host Dr Sinclair’s visit, said improving the cotton industry’s understanding of the crop’s influence on the soil water balance is a key initiative of the Cotton CRC.

“Accurate estimates of evapotranspiration are a key element of deriving water balances for cropping and ultimately catchment-scale estimates of water use.

“Currently there is some debate on the most appropriate method to meet the current and future needs of simulation modeling. Dr Sinclair will add some insight to this problem,” Mike Bange said.

He will also spend some time working with Rose Roche (a CRC Phd student) discussing outcomes of her physiology studies exploring radiation use efficiency in ultra-narrow cotton, and will participate in a seminar at ACRI.

Dr Sinclair has a long distinguished career in crop water relations and approaches to simulation modeling, and has also been involved with research into waterlogging, temperature and yield component physiology.

Dr Sinclair, formerly with the Crop Genetics and Environmental Research Unit of the USDA Agricultural Research Service, works with the University of Florida.

Further information: Dr Mike Bange 02 6799 1500