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Conference speakers

Winter Conference 2019 will showcase invited speakers from across Australia and the world. These include:

Angus Hogan

Fruit Growers Tasmania | Tuesday, 4 June 2019, 6.05pm

Angus Hogan, engineer and project lead investigator at SwarmFarm Robotics. SwarmFarm Robotics are working with growers, researchers and engineers to develop technological solutions for apple growers to improve flower and crop load management. SwarmFarm Robotics are working with growers, researchers and engineers to develop technological solutions for apple growers to improve flower and crop load management. Funded by Hort Innovation Australia, this exciting project aims to tack the dual challenges of mapping orchard flower density, and developing precision machinery to reduce flower density.

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Dr Lisa Evans

Fruit Growers Tasmania | Monday, 27 May 2019, 4.30pm

Dr. Lisa Evans is an early-career biologist with a special interest in behaviour and ecology of social hymenoptera. Lisa is working with Plant and Food Research Australia’s Pollination & Apiculture team to improve and diversify pollination practices and quantify the pollination contributions of flower visiting insects in different crop systems.

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Tae Ocean & Oliver Gales

Fruit Growers Tasmania | Monday, 27 May 2019, 4.25pm

Tae Ocean and Oliver Gales are two of the awesome honours research students studying at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture. Working with leading Tasmanian growers, Tae and Oli are exploring ways to improve the profitability of Tasmania’s cherry and berry industries.

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Cameron Stone

Fruit Growers Tasmania | Monday, 27 May 2019, 4.20pm

Cameron is the new kid on the block at TIA this year, studying protected cropping systems for cherries.   As a PhD candidate, Cameron will be fully immersed in understanding the most efficient designs for growing cherries in protected cropping systems and measuring how environmental conditions within these systems affect fruit production and quality.

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Bi Zheng Tan

Fruit Growers Tasmania | Monday, 27 May 2019, 4.15pm

Bi Zheng ‘Bi’ is a PhD candidate studying apple tree nutrition at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.  He discovered Tasmania and TIA through his love of cooking, food and people. A chance conversation with a university agent at the end of year 12 introduced Bi to Tasmania as a place renowned for high quality agricultural produce and a university to match. With his sights set on feeding the world, Bi’s studies drew him towards horticulture and apple research.

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Claire McCrory

Fruit Growers Tasmania | Monday, 27 May 2019, 4.10pm

Claire McCrory is a PhD candidate exploring new techniques and technologies to maximise the shelf-life of sweet cherries. Working with Hansen Orchards, Claire's cherry research is helping to change how we think and manage cherry packaging, storage and logistics, with tangible results for producers.

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Dr Nigel Swarts

Fruit Growers Tasmania | Monday, 27 May 2019, 4.05pm

Dr Nigel Swarts, Senior Research Fellow in the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, is your go to man for everything relating to cherry and apple tree nutrition, from soil and irrigation, to the molecular and macro level within the tree and through the atmosphere. 

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Dr Tom Lewis

Fruit Growers Tasmania | Monday, 27 May 2019, 4.00pm

Dr Tom Lewis has worked in the Australian food sector – in technical, management and industry leadership roles – since the early 1980’s. Tom’s professional focus is on fostering collaborations to build value into primary products as close to the farm gate as possible. 

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Hayden Higgins

Fruit Growers Tasmania | Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 10.00am

Hayden Higgins is a Senior Analyst in the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness Research team, and is responsible for research and analysis on the local and global horticultural and wine sectors for both Australia and New Zealand. Hayden began a career in rural banking in 2003 and has worked across a range of agricultural industries with particular exposure to the wine and horticulture sectors. In addition to his bachelors qualification, Hayden has also completed a Master’s Degree in Agribusiness at Lincoln University.

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Dr Ken Breen

Fruit Growers Tasmania | Monday, 8 April 2019, 12.45pm

Dr. Ken Breen is based in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand and leads the Pipfruit and Summerfruit Physiology Science Team at the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research. Ken's current research is centred on whole tree physiology of pome fruit, specifically flowering and fruit set physiology, canopy light relations, crop load management and fruit quality.

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