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Research focus at 2019 Turf Conference

Tuesday 21, May 2019

The 2019 Turf Conference in Brisbane will present a significant focus on Environmental Management, and include presentations to delegates on a range of recent local and international Turf research.

Included as part of the Conference Program are presentations on research from:



Dr Peter Boutsalis 

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Agriculture


Employed at the University of Adelaide to conduct weed surveys across SA and Vic to monitor for changes in herbicide resistance, Peter is incredibly well respected in the industry and is in very high demand as an industry leader extending messages on best practice weed management and effective and sustainable herbicide use.

He has been enthusiastic in delivering rotation messages, providing best practice for managing weeds, and will be presenting on research undertaken to develop management strategies to handle resistant populations including poa annua.



Associate Professor Andrew Geering

Principal Research Fellow, University of Queensland


Andrew Geering is a plant pathologist at The University of Queensland, and has more than 30 years of experience working on disease problems in a diversity of crops and natural ecosystems.

Currently he is undertaking research projects on turf, investigating diseases caused by viruses, fungi and phytoplasmas and will be presenting to delegates on recent research trials into couch and buffalo yellows



Dr. Rob Golembiewski

Greens Solutions Specialist, Bayer United States


Dr. Rob Golembiewski is a Greens Solutions Specialist based in the United States, with the responsible for providing technical expertise for the Golf and Professional Landscape Markets. Rob previously served as the Turfgrass Specialist at Oregon State University, received his B.S and M.S. from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He will be presenting on his research and experience into Plant physiology and stress management of turf



Dr Chris Lambrides

Principle Research Fellow, Queensland University


Chris has been working in northern Australia agriculture for more than 30 years. He completed his Bachelors and Phd degrees from The University of Queensland and Master’s degree from North Dakota State University when he worked with the USDA. Chris has been researching Turfgrass genetics and physiology with a focus on drought resistance for over a decade, and will be presenting research and findings into salinity and tolerance in Bermudagrass




Dr Graham Stirling

Biological Crop Protection


Dr Stirling has 45 years experience in research, has published more than 70 scientific papers and is an Honorary Member and Fellow of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society for his services to the Society and to Nematology.

Dr. Stirling is recognised internationally for his work on nematodes, particularly biological control, and is also an experienced plant pathologist and soil biologist which forms the basis of his presentation at the 2019 Conference



Dr Lukas Van Switen

Principal Research Scientist, NSW Department of Primary Industries


Dr Lukas Van Zwieten received a PhD from the University of Sydney in 1995, and is currently a senior principal research scientist with NSW Department of Primary Industries. His presentation at the Conference centres around his research on managing Soil Structures, soil processes including C and N cycling, and how these relate to contaminants in the soil environment, microbial and chemical processes to modify & control soil properties for Sports Turf



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