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Researcher: Acuna, TL (Associate Professor Tina Acuna)

Fields of Research

Agronomy
Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Horticultural crop growth and development
Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
Computing education
Land capability and soil productivity
Crop and pasture biochemistry and physiology
Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Agriculture, land and farm management
Crop and pasture improvement (incl. selection and breeding)
Crop and pasture production
Horticultural production
Agricultural land management
Higher education
Curriculum and pedagogy
Specialist studies in education
Other agricultural, veterinary and food sciences
Farm management, rural management and agribusiness
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum and pedagogy
Crop and pasture protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds)
Agricultural hydrology
Agricultural production systems simulation

Research Objectives

Wheat
Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
Rice
Barley
Canola
Horticultural crops
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Higher education
Field grown vegetable crops
Environmentally sustainable plant production
Other plant production and plant primary products
Plant extract crops
Grain legumes
Teacher and instructor development
Learner and learning
Teaching and curriculum
Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
Unprocessed or minimally processed milk
Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences
Maize
Grains and seeds
Schools and learning environments
Pedagogy
Plant product traceability and quality assurance (excl. forest products)
Expanding knowledge in psychology
Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments
Industrial crops
Professional development and adult education
Social impacts of climate change and variability
Terrestrial systems and management
Oats
Other environmental management

Career Best Publications

Field evaluation of early vigour for genetic improvement of grain yield in wheat; Australian Journal of Agricultural Research
Genotype x environment interactions for grain yield of upland rice backcross lines in diverse hydrological environments; Field Crops Research
Influence of the gibberellin-sensitive Rht8 semidwarf gene on leaf anatomy and seedling vigour in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.); Annals of Botany
Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement for Agriculture; Office for Learning and Teaching
Use of genotype × environment interactions to understand rooting depth and the ability of wheat to penetrate hard soils; Annals of Botany

Research Publications

Inheritance of coleoptile tiller appearance and size in wheat; Australian Journal of Agricultural Research
A generic assessment framework as a tool for teacher development in agricultural science; Teaching Matters 2009
A generic assessment framework for unit consistency in agricultural science; ATN Assessment Conference
A methodology to integrate professional skill development throughout an ICT curriculum; 2020 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE '20)
ABC interviews Dr Tina Acuna
Academic, industry and student perspectives on the inclusion of 'vocational knowledge' in a 'Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement' for agriculture; Journal of Learning Design
Academic, industry and student perspectives on the inclusion of 'vocational knowledge' in a Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement for agriculture; The 20th Annual UniServe Science Conference
ACDS Fellowship – Distributed leadership to embed scholarship in STEM teaching teams
Ag education standards launched
Ag education standards launched
Ag education standards launched
Ag education standards launched
Ag education standards launched
Ag education standards launched
Ag education standards launched
Ag education standards launched
AgLTAS: A consensus approach to defining standards for learning outcomes and informing curricula design for agriculture
AgLTAS: A network of practice that has defined national Learning and Teaching Academic Standards for Agriculture; Teaching Matters 2014: Places and Spaces
Agriculture project crops up
Agriculture: Integrative learning and a new network of agricultural educators; 2016 Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME)
Agronomists use of PGR - a survey; Agricultural Science
Aligning an agricultural science curriculum with the national science threshold learning outcomes; Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
Alternative dwarfing genes for genetic improvement of coleoptile length in wheat; 9th Assembly, Wheat Breeding Society of Australia
Ambient climate and soil effects on the headspace under clear mulch film; Agricultural Systems
An allelic based phenological model to predict phasic development of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.); Field Crops Research
An exploratory study of factors affecting attrition within an ICT degree; Proceedings of the 22nd Australasian Computing Education Conference
Assessing root growth and water extraction for rainfed rice; Methodologies for root drought studies in rice
Assessing root penetration ability and resource capture from deeper soil layers; Methodologies for root drought studies in rice
Australia - National standards for agriculture education developed to address industry needs
Benchmarking wheat water-use efficiency in Tasmania; Australian Society of Agronomy Conference
Benchmarking wheat water-use efficiency in Tasmania
Building productive, diverse and sustainable landscapes; 17th Australian agronomy conference 2015
Can Cycocel and Moddus alone or in combination increase grain yield?
Can leaf architecture improve crop biomass and yield in wheat?; 18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017
Can soil crusting be reduced through application of gypsum, organic waste, and phosphoric acid?; Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
Can the duration of the spike construction phase increase the yield of wheat?; 17th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference
Can we improve grain yield by selecting for greater early vigour in wheat?; Agribusiness Crop Updates
Constraints to achieving high potential yield of wheat in a temperate, high-rainfall environment in south-eastern Australia; Crop and Pasture Science
Crop management to improve WUE of barley'
Curriculum design to build capacity of industry professionals: a Masterclass in Horticulture; Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
Curriculum mapping tool user guide
DAV00141 – Project Findings and Recommendations for Future Research: Agriculture Victoria Research Technical Report
Design and delivery of a Global Masterclass in Horticulture; Agricultural Education Symposium
Design and delivery of a masterclass in horticultural business; International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
Developing a faculty wide WIL program for science; 2016 Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME)
Developing threshold learning outcomes for agricultural science; International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
Development of a 'Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement' for agriculture; ComBio Conference 2014: Combined ASBMB, ASPS and ANZSCDB Annual Meetings
Distributed leadership to embed scholarship in STEM teaching teams; Teaching Matters 2019: Our distinctive future
Distributed Leadership to Embed Scholarship in STEM Teaching Teams; The Scholarship of Leading: Mini-cases of Educational Leadership in Action
Distributed leadership to embed scholarship in STEM teaching teams; TEQSA 4th Annual Conference: Partnerships driving quality
Distributed leadership to embed scholarship in STEM teaching teams; Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education 2019
Draft Threshold Learning Outcomes for Agricultural Science; Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
Dry matter production of winter wheat, cultivars ‘Brennan’ and ‘Revenue’, does not increase after application of gibberellic acid; 18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017
Effect of density on growth, development, yield and quality of kabocha (Cucurbita maxima); Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
Effect of endophyte association with Brachiaria species on shoot and root morpho-physiological responses under drought stress; Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Physiology
Effect of GA sensitive Rht18 and GA insensitive Rht-D1b dwarfing genes on vegetative and reproductive growth in bread wheat; Journal of Experimental Botany
Effect of irrigation and N supply on water-use efficiency of barley ( Grains Industry Undergraduate Scholarships Deon Heys)
Effect of polymer film on plant-pathogen interactions: a case study on damping-off caused by pythium irregulare in field peas (Pisum sativum); Science Protecting Plant Health
Effect of time of sowing on phenology of cereals grown in a temperate environment in souther-eastern Australia; Australian Society of Agronomy Conference
Effect of water availability and nitrogen source on wheat growth and nitrogen-use efficiency; 17th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference
Effects of density on dry matter yield on the yield and pyrethrins content of pyrethrum plants in Tasmania; International Pyrethrum Symposium
Effects of watering interval, timing and duration of water stress on the yield and pyrethrins content of pyrethrum plants; International Pyrethrum Symposium
Emergence, stand establishment and vigour of deep-sown Australian and CIMMYT wheats; Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
Empirical analysis of strategies employed within an ICT curriculum to increase the quantity of graduates; 16th International Conference on Frontiers in Education
Evaluating controlled release fertiliser for sustainable intensification of agriculture: examples illustrating the value of systems analysis; 4th International Symposium for Farming Systems Design
Evaluating the impact of an early vigour trait on wheat yields using a crop simulation mode; Agronomy Journal
Evaluation of methods for determining soil aggregate stability; Soil and Tillage Research
Extending the duration of the ear construction phase to increase the grain yield of wheat; Crop and Pasture Science
Field evaluation of early vigour for genetic improvement of grain yield in wheat; Australian Journal of Agricultural Research
From adversity comes strength - repositioning education in agriculture; 17th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference
Fungal endophyte association with Brachiaria grasses and its influence on plant water status, total non-structural carbohydrates and biomass production under drought stress; Plant and Soil
G x E interactions for high yield potential of winter wheat in Tasmania; Australian Agronomy
GA-sensitive dwarfing genes for improvement of early growth in wheat; 3rd International Crop Science Congress
Genotype by environment (GxE) interactions for root depth of wheat: Associations and implications; 16th Australian Agronomy Conference
Genotype x environment interactions for grain yield of upland rice backcross lines in diverse hydrological environments; Field Crops Research
Genotype x environment interactions for root depth of wheat; Field Crops Research: An International Journal
Genotype x environment interactions for root depth of wheat; 8th Symposium of the International Society of Root Research (ISRR) 'Roots to the Future'
Genotypic differences in hardpan penetration in wheat; Rhizosphere 3
Genotypic differences in root penetration ability of wheat through thin wax layers in contrasting water regimes and in the field; Plant and Soil
Genotypic increases in coleoptile length improves stand establishment, vigour and grain yield of deep-sown wheat; Field Crops Research
Genotypic variation in specific leaf area for genetic improvement of early vigour in wheat; Field Crops Research
Genotypic x Environment Interactions for Root Depth of Wheat; Roots to the Future: 8th Symposium of the International Society of Root Research
Gibberellic acid and early dry matter production of dual purpose wheat; Australian Agronomy
Good practice guide: Threshold learning outcomes for agriculture; Transforming Practice through Innovation and Partnerships
Good practice guide: Threshold learning outcomes for agriculture; 2016 Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME)
Good Practice Guide: Threshold Learning Outcomes for Agriculture; Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching
Good Practice Guide: Threshold Learning Outcomes for Agriculture; Office for Learning and Teaching
Graduates play key role
Ground-breaking stuff; 13th Australian Agronomy Conference
Growth and development of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) in response to irrigation treatments; 19th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference
Growth and quality of green tea (Camellia sinensis var sinensis). PhD, University of Tasmania
Hardpan penetration ability of drought-stressed wheat under pot and field conditions; Agribusiness Crop Updates
Hardpan penetration ability of wheat; 13th Australian Agronomy Conference
Hardpan penetration ability of wheat roots; Crop Updates
Hardpan penetration ability of wheat. Fischer T et al (Ed.); 4th International Crop Science Congress
Hardpan penetration and water extraction in wheat; Wheat Breeding Society of Australia
Have your say on ag courses
Identification of conditional rice mutants showing differential growth response in anaerobic and aerobic conditions. In: Plant Breeding for the 11th Millenium, JA McComb (ed); 12th Australasian Plant Breeding Conference
Identification of deletion mutants with improved performance under water-limited environments in rice (Oryza sativa L.); Field Crops Research
Identifying the causes of soil aggregate breakdown under intensive packet salad production; Soil Science Australia National Soil Science Conference 2014
Implementing the threshold learning outcomes for agriculture at two Australian universities; Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability
Implementing the threshold learning outcomes for agriculture at two Australian universities to inform curriculum design and quality assurance; HERDSA 2016: The Shape of Higher Education
Improved temperature for maize growth using clear polymer film; 17th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference
Improving grain yield by selection for greater early vigour in wheat; 10th Australian Agronomy Conference
Improving wheat growth and nitrogen-use efficiency under waterlogged conditions; 18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017
Increases in seed density can improve plant stand and increase seedling vigour from small seeds of wheat (Triticum aestivum); Experimental Agriculture
Influence of fungal endophyte on plant water status, non-structural carbo-hydrate content and biomass partitioning in Brachiaria grasses grown under drought stress; 17th Australian Agronomy Conference 2015
Influence of soil properties on the aggregate stability of cultivated sandy clay loams; Journal of Soils and Sediments
Influence of the gibberellin-sensitive Rht8 semidwarf gene on leaf anatomy and seedling vigour in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.); Annals of Botany
Integrating the development of professional skills throughout an ICT curriculum improves a graduate's competency; 16th International Conference on Frontiers in Education
International Society of Root Research: Roots to the Future
Learning and Teaching Academic Standard Statements have recently been published across a number of disciplines, and have contributed to the national regulation and quality assurance framework currently being developed in the higher education sector; Teaching Matters 2012
Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement for Agriculture; Office for Learning and Teaching
Long-season canola (Brassica napus L.) cultivars offer potential to substantially increase grain yield production in south-eastern Australia compared with current spring cultivars; Crop & Pasture Science
Management strategies to improve water-use efficiency of barley in Tasmania; “Capturing Opportunities and Overcoming Obstacles in Australian Agronomy”
Mapping quantitative trait loci associated with root penetration ability of wheat in contrasting environments; Molecular Breeding
National project aims to shape future tertiary studies
National standard set for agri degrees
National standards for agriculture education developed to address industry needs
New standards to align agriculture education with industry expectations; Agricultural Science
New water-use efficiency benchmarks for Tasmania; GRDC Grower Updates
Nitrogen contributions in a windmill grass (Chloris truncata)- wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) system in south-western Australia; Australian Journal of Soil Research
Online tools adapted from industry for teaching agricultural science at university; Agricultural Education Symposium
Online tools adapted from industry for teaching agricultural science at university; Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
Peer learning abroad to embed intercultural awareness in a short-term mobility program; 2018 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Teaching Conference (ISSOTL18)
Perennial O. sativa x O. rufipogon interspecific hybrids: I. Photosynthetic characteristics and their inheritance; Field Crops Research
Perennial hybrids of Oryza sativa x Oryza rufipogon Part II. Carbon exchange and assimilate partitioning; Field Crops Research
Photosynthesis and assimilate partitioning during rhythmic growth of green tea (Camellia sinensis var sinensis); Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology
Plant growth regulator use in broad acre crops; 17th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference
Plant growth regulators in broad acre crops; GRDC Grains Research Update for Advisers
Playing to their strengths: improving student engagement and learning outcomes through flexible assessment; Teaching Matters
Potential role of fungal endophytes in biological nitrification inhibition in Brachiaria grass species; Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Physiology
Proceedings of the 13th Australian Agronomy Conference: Ground-breaking stuff : Special Issue Field Crops Research; Special Issue Field Crops Research
Projected impact of climate change on wheat: production opportunities for growers
Resilient curriculum: empowering the teaching team; Teaching Matters
Root architecture of barley in duplex soils under irrigation; Rhizosphere 3
Root penetration ability of wheat through thin wax layers under drought and well-watered conditions; Australian Journal of Agricultural Research
Scoping study: a situation and needs analysis relating to the current and future roles of Plant Growth Regulators
Screening for increased coleoptile length in semidwarf wheat; Euphytica
SMARTFARM learning hub: Next generation precision agriculture technologies for agricultural education; Transforming Practice through Innovation and Partnerships
SMARTfarm Learning Hub: next generation precision agriculture technologies for agricultural education; 13th International Conference on Precision Agriculture
SMARTFARM learning hub: Next generation precision agriculture technologies for agricultural education; 2016 Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME)
Spotlight on wheat yields
Standard to help improve tertiary agriculture courses
Strong roots penetrate hardpans
Student and teacher partnerships to promote global learning in a short-term mobility program; 2019 HERDSA Annual Conference
Tales from Tasmania - short- and long-term responses to COVID-19 in the context of quality assurance, quality improvement and scholarship; ACSME 2020: A Science Education for Uncertain Times
Temporal variation in root penetration ability of wheat genotypes through thin wax layers in contrasting water regimes and in the field; Field Crops Research
Tertiary agricultural education in Australasia: where to from here?; Agricultural Higher Education in the 21st Century
The 2010-2011 Learning and Teaching Academic Standards (LTAS) project for Science defined a set of nationally agreed Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) for Australian graduates of bachelor level science degrees; Teaching Matters 2012
The AgLTAS project submission; Agricultural Science
The AgLTAS project: a consensus approach to defining standards for learning outcomes and informing curricula design for Agriculture; Teaching Matters 2013
The effect of rht genotype and temperature on coleoptile growth and dry matter partitioning in young wheat seedlings; Australian Journal of Plant Physiology
The effect of irrigation on barley root architecture, yield and water-use efficiency in vertic duplex soils; Irrigation 2011
The effects of plant growth regulators on growth, grain yield, HI and quality in Tasmania
The effects of plant growth regulators on winter and spring canola (Brassica napus L.) types in the High Rainfall Zone of south-eastern Australia; 16th Australian Agronomy Conference
The ethical petri-dish: recommendations for the design of university science curricula; Research Ethics Monthly
The impact of phenology including the different combinations of Ppd and Vrn alleles on wheat development and grain yields in the High Rainfall Zone of southern Australia
The Use of Multivariate Analysis to Understand Yield Potential of Wheat in the High Rainfall Zone of Tasmania
Threshold Learning Outcome 5: Personal and Professional Responsibility; Good Practice Guide: Threshold Learning Outcomes for Agriculture
Uni key to profile of industry
Unifying WIL in Science at the University of Tasmania
Universities ask ag sector what do you want?
Use of genotype × environment interactions to understand rooting depth and the ability of wheat to penetrate hard soils; Annals of Botany
Water-use efficiency of barley in Tasmania
Water-use efficiency of wheat in response to irrigation and N management strategies in Tasmania; Irrigation 2011
Water-use efficiency of wheat in Tasmania
Waxing lyrical over new soil test procedure
Waxing ways of wheat
What are the effects of chlormequat and trinexapac-ethyl alone or in combination on lodging, height and yield of winter wheat in Tasmania?; 17th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference
Wheat grain number and yield: The relative importance of physiological traits and source-sink balance in southern Australia; European Journal of Agronomy
Wheat morphological defoliation regimes and regrowth potential; 18th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference
Wheat phenology development predicted by Ppd and Vrn allelic combinations; 2019 Wheat Breeding Assembly
Why grow winter canola in Tasmania?; GRDC Technicaly Workshop: Managing Canola for Grazing and Grain
WIL in Science: Development of a generic unit for BSc students; Transforming Practice through Innovation and Partnerships
Winter and spring-type canola for Tasmania
Yield and water-use efficiency of wheat in a high-rainfall environment; Crop and Pasture Science

Research Projects

2012: International Society of Root Research: Roots to the Future - Scotland; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
A consensus approach to defining standards for learning outcomes and informing curricula design for agriculture; Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT)
Assisting Growers Achieve Yield Potential in the HRZ of South-Eastern Australia; Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC)
Distributed leadership to embed scholarship in STEM teaching teams; Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS)
Effect of Irrigation and N Supply on Water-Use Efficiency of Barley; Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC)
Global master class in horticulture; Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)
Improved Water-Use Efficiency of Rainfed and Irrigated Farming Systems in Tasmania; Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC)
Optimising cropping practices in mixed farming systems of Tasmania; Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC)
Optimising the yield and economic potential of high input cropping systems in the HRZ; Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC)
Physiological and Climate Effects of Degradable Polymer Film Applied as a Crop Overlay; Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers (CRCP)
Scoping Study - To provide GRDC with a situation and needs analysis relating to current and future roles of Plant Growth Regulator; Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC)
SMARTfarm Learning Hub: Next Generation Technologies for Agricultural Education; Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT)
Stepping Up Grain Production in the HRZ of Southern Australia; Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC)
The Effect of Crop Rotation and Irrigation on Water-Use Efficiency and Soil Health of Grain Crop Production in Tasmania; Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC)
The Use of Multivariate Analysis to Understand Yield Potential of Wheat in the High Rainfall Zone of Tasmania; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Production and quality of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) in response to water regime
Root Systems for Austalian Soils: Root Traits for Hardpan Penetration and Water Extraction in Wheat

Research Candidate Supervision

Brachiaria forage grasses-Role of fungal endophytes in improving drought resistance and inhibiting nitrification in soil.
Crop Water Productivity Functions to Evaluate the Growth and Production of Wheat
Drought Effects on Fertilizer Use Efficiency in Cereals
Factors Affecting Dry Matter Yield and Pyrethrin Content in Pyrethum in Tasmania
Genetic Factors Determining Growth in Wheat
Increasing the potassium use efficiency in crops
Modifying Poppy Growth and Alkaloid Yield with Plant Growth Regulators
The Effect of Irrigation on Water-use Efficiency and Root Growth of Barley in Duplex Soils in Tasmania in a Pasture Phase Rotation
The physiological and climate effects of degradable polymer film applied as a crop overlay