Professor patrick brown Professor of Plant Sciences, University of California Davis Featured Speakers
Patrick’s major research interests are in plant and soil nutrition in annual and perennial horticulture including: physiology and biochemistry of plant nutrient uptake; interactions of nutrition with disease resistance; the selection of crops with improved nutrient efficiency; nutrient application technology and development of environmentally sound fertilizer use; molecular and genetic aspects of nutrient acquisition and tolerance; nutritional physiology in regard to boron and nickel.
‘the almond doctor’ david doll Pomology Advisor, UCCE Farm Adviser
David is a pomology advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension system. He serves almond growers by helping them with various issues that arise in the operations of an almond orchard. Notes from his orchard visits are written up to demonstrate various field diagnostic strategies and skills and posted on his blog site “The Almond Doctor”. David is a Plant Pathologist with field diagnosis and plant diseases his area of expertise. He also works with issues of air and water quality, orchard removal and replanting, as well as soil ecology. David’s current responsibilities within Merced County include over 102,000 acres (41,000 hectares) of almonds, 6,000 acres (2,400 hectares)of walnuts, and 6,000 acres (2400 hectares) of Pistachios.
Salah Sukkarieh Director of Research & Innovation, Australian Centre for Field Robotics, University of Sydney Salah Sukkarieh is the Director of Research and Innovation of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics and the Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. Salah received his Honours in BE Mechatronics Engineering in 1997 and his PhD in 2000 at the University of Sydney. He has been the principal research and development lead on many of the robotics and intelligent systems projects at the ACFR including logistics, commercial aviation, aerospace, defence, agriculture and mining. He has consulted to a number of industry partners including Rio Tinto, BHP, Qantas, BAE Systems, QLD Biosecurity, and the NSW DPI. Salah is on the editorial board for the Journal of Field Robotics, Journal of Autonomous Robots, and Transactions of Aerospace Systems, and has over 180 publications in the robotics and intelligent systems area.
Hans kunnen Chief Economist, St George Banking Group
Hans Kunnen is Chief Economist of the St.George Banking Group which includes the Bank of Melbourne and Bank of South Australia. For over a decade he was the Head of Investment Markets Research at Colonial First State working with portfolio managers and company analysts. Hans was a director of Colonial First State and has served on a number of government and industry bodies. In the early 1990s he was Chief Economist at State Bank NSW and in the 1980s Hans taught economics at the University of New England and at Macquarie University in Sydney. Hans has recently published his first book Borrow and Build which explores ways to use debt to responsibly build wealth over time. Hans has an honours degree in economics from the University of Western Australia and a masters degree in economics from Macquarie University.
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