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Researcher: Birch, CJ (Associate Professor Colin Birch)

Fields of Research

Horticultural production
Other agricultural, veterinary and food sciences
Agronomy
Horticultural crop growth and development
Agriculture, land and farm management
Urban and regional planning
Crop and pasture biochemistry and physiology
Land capability and soil productivity
Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
Sustainable agricultural development
Crop and pasture production
Agricultural land management
Agricultural production systems simulation
Fertilisers (incl. application)
Biomedical instrumentation
Oenology and viticulture
Crop and pasture nutrition
Farm management, rural management and agribusiness
Plant physiology
Agricultural engineering
Soil physics
Plant developmental and reproductive biology
Other earth sciences
Other education
Climate change processes
Environmental education and extension
Crop and pasture protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds)
Cybersecurity and privacy
Veterinary sciences
Biomedical engineering
Plant biology
Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Horticultural crop improvement (incl. selection and breeding)
Agro-ecosystem function and prediction
Soil chemistry and soil carbon sequestration (excl. carbon sequestration science)
Business information management (incl. records, knowledge and intelligence)

Research Objectives

Field grown vegetable crops
Other education and training
Environmentally sustainable plant production
Maize
Other environmental management
Management of water consumption by plant production
Ornamentals, natives, flowers and nursery plants
Sorghum
Oats
Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences
Horticultural crops
Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
Pasture, browse and fodder crops
Soils
Other plant production and plant primary products
Wine grapes
Terrestrial systems and management
Macadamias
Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments
Climate variability (excl. social impacts)
Almonds
Other animal production and animal primary products
Plant product traceability and quality assurance (excl. forest products)
Policies and development
Sustainability indicators
Forestry
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Marketing
Management of solid waste from mineral resource activities
Management and productivity
Environmentally sustainable animal production
Understanding climate change
Cotton lint and cotton seed
Grains and seeds
Management
Tropical fruit
Wholesale and retail trade
Other culture and society

Career Best Publications

A longitudinal study of farmers and trainers capturing climate information for sustainable development; Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development in the 21st Century
Ian Hampasrum Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the Maize Industry
Maize canopy production under contrasted water regimes; Annals of Applied Biology
Using Modelling and Agronomy to Improve Reliability of Maize as a Rainfed Crop in Northern New South Wales and South Western Queensland; Australian Agronomy

Research Publications

'Peak oil', agriculture and food - challenges and opportunities
'Trickle irrigation - latest trials give yield increases and reduced water use in cracking clay soils
1990 - 1991 Investigation of alleged damage to potatoes and other crops by micronutrient addition to fertilisers
1992 - 1996 Investigation of effects of liming agent on fertiliser effectiveness in potatoes
1993 - 1996 Investigation of alleged fertiliser damage to potatoes and other crops
1993-2003 Press Interviews to Various Outlets
1995 - 1996 Investigation of alleged fertiliser damage to strawberry crop
1996 - 1997 Staff training in agronomy
1996 - 1997 Staff training in agronomy
1998 - 1999 Refresher Training in Agronomy
1998 - 2000 Investigation of alleged damage to house property and surrounds by overspray of irrigation water from plant nursery area
2000-2003 Member
2002-2003 Reuse of reclaimed urban effluent water for agricultural purposes
2005 - 2007 Member
2005 Nominated for Article of the Year Award
A longitudinal study of farmers and trainers capturing climate information for sustainable development; Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development in the 21st Century
A professional development climate course for sustainable agriculture in Australia; Environmental Education Research
ABC Radio Interview on Impact of Climate Change
Address
Agricultural Extension in Practice; Australasian Aquaculture 2010 International Conference and Trade Show
Agricultural extension: Building capacity and resilience in rural industries and communities; Rural Society: The Journal of Research Into Rural and Regional Social Issues in Australia
Agronomic research to support the development of vegetable value chains in Papua New Guinea; 5th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture
Allometric relationships of canopy development in rice and maize; 16th Australian Agronomy Conference
Allometric relationships of maize organ development under different water regimes and plant densities; Plant Production Science
An assessment of Tarong bottom ash for use on agricultural soils; Developments in Chemical Engineering and Mineral Processing
An experimental approach for developing seed lines of new Australian native flowering pot plants; XXVIII International Horticultural Congress on Science and Horticulture for People (IHC2010)
An integrated approach to a vegetable research, development, extension and training project in a developing country, Papua New Guinea; XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes: International Symposium on Horticulture in Developing Countries and World Food Production
An overview of Carbon trading and responses in agriculture; Australian Vegetable Industry Conference
Analysis and modelling of the effects of water stress on maize growth and yield in dryland conditions; Plant Production Science
Analysis of High Yielding Maize Production - A Study Based on a Commercial Crop ; Australian Journal of Agricultural Research
Analysis of maize canopy development under water stress and incorporation into the ADEL-Maize model; Functional Plant Biology
Applied climate education and training for agricultural and natural resource management in India, Indonesia, Zimbabwe and Australia; Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension
Appointment and vision, leader, Vegetable Centre, TIAR
Appointment as TIAR Vegetable Centre Leader
Architectural modeling of maize under water stress; Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
Assessment of agricultural land capability using GIS and radar imagery, Central Province, Papua New Guinea; The 20th World Congress of Soil Science
Australia and PNG working together on vegetable project
Beyond practice change: extension and resilient communities; Australian and Pacific Extension Network Forum
Building social resilience through understandng capacities of smallholder farming in Papua New Guinea; 5th World Congress of Conservation Agriculture incorporating 3rd Farming Sytems Design Conference
Cabbages as a nutrient sink for food processing byproducts; Acta Horticulturae
Cardinal temperatures and thermal time for seed germination of Brunonia Australis (Goodeniaceae) and calandrinia sp. (Portulacaceae); HortScience
Chain members' perception of vegetable value chains in Papua New Guinea (PNG); 2011 Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research Vegetable Centre Industry Communication Forum
Chairman; Maize Conference Organising Committee and Australian Maize Conference
Challenges and Opportunities for Agriculutre, Forestry and Natural Resource Management in a Carbon Trading Economy; Australian Association of Agricultural Consultants
Climate change and impact on grain sorghum; Australian Sorghum Conference
Close eye kept on industry
Comment on Tasmanian issues paper - national drought reform measures
Comparative sorghum grain yield responses to fertiliser N under two different fallow lengths; Appointment and Vision, Leader, Vegetable Centre, TIAR
Comparing training preferences by gender in Central Province, Papua New Guinea; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Workshop 2013
Conservation agriculture and vegetable project in PNG
Crop development and agronomy - wheat
Developing Australia's future R, D and E capacity - Science and Education underpin Agriculturla R, D and E; Building RD&E direction and capacity in Australian agriculture
Development and accreditation of an applied climate education unit for sustainable land use in Australia; Journal of Sustainable Agriculture
Effect of nitrogen supply on leaf appearance, leaf growth, leaf nitrogen economy and photosynthetic capacity in maize (Zea mays L.); Field Crops Research: An International Journal
Engagement and participation keys to attracting young people to agriculture, horticulture and sciences for future food security; Horticulture for the Future Conference
Evaluation of capsicum varieties in low & mid altitude areas in Central Province, Papua New Guinea; 5th Annual Science and Technology Conference 2012
Evaluation of methods for determining soil aggregate stability; Soil and Tillage Research
Evaluation of pea and bean cultivars for development, yield and quality; Proceedings of the 2011 Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research Vegetable Centre Industry Communication Forum
Evaluation of potato cultivars for yield and processing quality; 2011 Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research Vegetable Centre Industry Communication Forum
Evaluation of temperate vegetable crop varieties in the high altitude area in Central Province, Papua New Guinea: An approach to increasing the supply of temperate vegetables in the Port Moresby markets; 5th Annual Science and Technology Conference 2012
Evaluation of vegetable crops in low & mid altitude areas in Central Province, Papua New Guinea; 5th Annual Science and Technology Conference
Exciting future for graduates in the food industry - from agroecosystem to consumer health; Chronica Horticulturae
Fellow
Fellow of the Ag Institute Australia in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the profession of agriculture
Fertiliser N and P application on two Vertosols in north-eastern Australia. 3. Grain N uptake and yield by crop/fallow combination, and cumulative grain N removal and fertiliser N recovery in grain ; Crop & Pasture Science
Fertiliser N and P applications on two vertosols in North Eastern Australia. I Comparative grain responses for two cultivation ages; Australian Journal of Agricultural Research
Fertiliser N and P applications on two Vertosols in North-Eastern Australia. 2. Grain P concentration and P removal in grain at two long-term experiments with different cultivation durations; Crop and Pasture Science
Field Evaluation of Tomato, L. esculentum, cultivars in Pacific Adventist University; 5th Annual Science and Technology Conference
Final report: increasing vegetable production in Central Province for Port Moresby markets
Floral ontogeny of Brunonia australis (Goodeniaceae) and Calandrinia sp. (Portulacaceae); Australian Journal of Botany
Forthside Vegetable Facility Review
Forthside Vegetable Research Facility (FVRF) - upgrade and utilisation; 2011 Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research Vegetable Centre Industry Communication Forum
Future vegetable farming in Papua New Guinea - responding to resource constraints and population in a developing country: a case study; 5th World Congress of Conservation Agriculture incorporating 3rd Farming Sytems Design Conference
Grapevines grown in a subtriopical environment have a single major root growth flush each year; 8th International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology and Biotechnology
Group making a difference overseas
Growing field of research
High yielding, quality cabbages and the challenges of production in the high altitude area of Central Province, Papua New Guinea: an approach to increasing the supply of temperate vegetables in to the Port Moresby markets; Tropical Agriculture Conference 2015
Ian Hampasrum Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the Maize Industry
Identifying the causes of soil aggregate breakdown under intensive packet salad production; Soil Science Australia National Soil Science Conference 2014
Impact of application of coal combustion products to soil on soil characteristics, concentration of elements in plant material and crop product safety; Australian Agronomy
Impact of Coal Combustion Products on Soil Characteristics, Concentration of Elements in Plant Material, Plant Product Safety and Crop Yield
Impact of coal combustion products on soil characteristics, concentration of elements in plants, product safety and yield; Soil: The Living Skin of the Earth
Impact of training on horticultural practice adoption by women smallholders in Central Province, Papua New Guinea; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Workshop 2013
Implications of potential Simplot closure for Vegetable Centre
Implications of soil morphological and chemical characteristics in the highlands of Central Province, Papua New Guinea for sustainable vegetable production; Joint Soil Science Australia and New Zealand Society of Soil Science Conference
Implications of soil resources for vegetable crop options and agronomic paractice for sustainable production - a comparison of Eastern Highlands and Central Provinces, Papua New Guinea; World Congress on Soil Science
Improved vegetable production systems for community cooperatives in Central Province, Papua New Guinea; XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes: International Symposium on Horticulture in Developing Countries and World Food Production
Improved vegetable production systems for community cooperatives in the Central Province, Papua New Guinea; 29th International Horticultural Congress 2014
Improving farmer knowledge and skills to better manage climate variability and climate change; Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension
Improving reliability of maize production in marginal rainfall environments in North East Region
Improving reliability of maize production in marginal rainfall environments of the North East Region; 16th Australian Agronomy Conference
Increased Research, Development and Extension Capacity Essential to Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change; Climate Change Research Strategies for Primary Industries Conference
Increasing food security for Port Moresby, PNG - issues of land suitability, technology, tenure, and tribalism; 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Soil Solutions for a Changing World
Increasing vegetable produciton in Central Province, Papua New Guinea to supply Port Moresby Markets
Increasing vegetable production in Central Province for Port Moresby markets
Increasing vegetable production in Central Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG) to supply Port Moresby markets; 2011 Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research Vegetable Centre Industry Communication Forum
Increasing vegetable production in Central Province, Papua New Guinea to supply Port Moresby Markets
Increasing vegetable production in Central Province, Papua New Guinea to supply Port Moresby Markets
Increasing vegetable production in Central Province, Papua New Guinea, to supply Port Moresby markets
Initial evaluation of telemetry technology for travelling gun irrigator shows reduced energy and water use and improved yield and quality of carrots; World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy 2012
Integrating resource management for fruit and vegetable production in Laos and Cambodia
Interview by telephone quoted in Options aplenty for Coastal croppers
Interview on the beneficial effects of flooding in Central and South West Queensland, with emphasis on future irrigation water supplies, pasture growth and downstream water supplies in tributaries of the Darling River and the Darling River itself
ISHS Medal awarded in recognition of meritorious service
Juvenility and flowering of Brunonia australis (Goodeniaceae) and Calandrinia sp. (Portulacaceae) in relation to vernalization and daylength; Annals of Botany
Kinetics of leaf extension in maize. Parameterization for two tropically adapted cultivars planted on 2 dates at Gatton; European Journal of Agronomy
Labour costs are an issue in agriculture in a developing country too; 29th International Horticultural Congress 2014
Leafy Vegetables and Asian Vegetable Industry Plan
Local capacity building through transformational learning – PNG case study; XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes: Plenary Sessions of IHC2014 and VII International Symposium on Education, Research Training and Consultancy
Locally rooted
Maize canopy development in response to increasing plant population density; 16th Australian Agronomy Conference
Maize canopy production under contrasted water regimes; Annals of Applied Biology
Major Brassica Vegetable Industry Plan
Major issues and solutions to applied climate education in Australia; Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education
Model-based analysis of maize phenotypic response to water stress; Australian Agronomy
Model-based analysis of maize plastic response to water stress for screening traits in improving breeding efficiency; Australian Agronomy
Modelling temperature, photoperiod and vernalization responses of Brunonia australis (Goodeniaceae) and Calandrinia sp. (Portulacaceae) to predict flowering time; Annals of Botany
National climate change adaptation research plan consultation draft
Needs for applied climate education in agriculture; Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
Needs for applied climate education in Australia
New body to support seed potato certification
New Seed Potato Management Advisory Committee functioning
Nine points to mobilise against the decline in agricultural research development and extension in Australia; Building RD&E direction and capacity in Australian agriculture
Nutrient changes in potting mix and Eucalyptus nitens leaf tissue under macadamia biochar amendments; Journal of Forestry Research
Nutrient disorders in plant nursery
Nutrient requirements and fertiliser use practices in crop production in summer rainfall areas of northern New South Wales and Queensland; New Technology in Field Crop Production
Nutrition and Fertiliser Use; Peanut Growing in Australia
Onset of sheath extension and duration of lamina extension are major determinants of the response of maize lamina length to plant density ; Annals of Botany
Other Vegetables Draft National Industry R,D&E Plans for Sweet Corn, Asparagus, Green Beans, Green Peas and Snow Peas
Papua New Guinea - a stronger value chain
Phenology, leaf and yield production patterns of sweet pepper under irrigated seasonal dry lowlands conditions, Papua New Guinea; 17th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference
Plant development and leaf area production in contrasting cultivars of maize grown in a cool temperate environment in the field; European Journal of Agronomy
PNG’s Central Province aims to feed a booming capital
Potato services rationalisation
Potato services rationalisation
Predicting the Leaf Area of Vitis vinifera L. cvs. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz; American Journal of Enology and Viticulture
Press Interview - Impartiality of Agronomic Advice
Press interview on adaptation to climate change and emissions trading scheme
Press interview on branding vegetables as Australian grown as a marketing strategy
Principles of a Systems Approach to Agriculture : Some Definitions and Concepts; Rainfed Farming Systems
Proceedings of Project Meeting - Increasing Vegetable Production in Central Province, PNG, for Port Moresby Markets; Increasing Vegetable Production in Central Province, PNG, for Port Moresby Markets
Producing more with less using retro-fit telemetry to reduce energy and water consumption during carrot production; 16th Australian Agronomy Conference
Professional support for agri-food industries - from agroecosystem to consumer
Progress with vegetable project in PNG
Rainfed Farming Systems of North-Eastern Australia; Rainfed Farming Systems
Realizing productivity gains in the Australian pyrethrum industry through an encapsulated Agricultural Research, Development and Extension Model; International Pyrethrum Symposium 2011
Realizing productivity gains in the Australian pyrethrum industry through an encapsulated Agricultural Research, Development and Extension model; I International Symposium on Pyrethrum, The Natural Insecticide: Scientific and Industrial Developments in the Renewal of a Traditional Industry
Recommendations arising from an analysis of changes to the Australian agricultural research, development and extension system; Food Policy
Refresher Training in Agronomy
Reliability of production of quick to medium maturity maize in areas of variable rainfall in north-east Australia; Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
Report on TIAR Vegetable Centre Achievements to the Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association Vegetable Council
Research Fellow INRA
Research, Development and Extension - delivery in Australia
Response to Australian Vegetable Industry Strategic Investment Plan White Paper
Response to discussion paper: Australian vegetable export opportunities
Review of Forthside Vegetable Research Facility, Forthside
Revising crop and architectural models of maize canopy development for rainfed cropping conditions; Australian Agronomy
Revising modelling of maize canopy production using crop and architectural models under rainfed conditions; Australian Agronomy
Root rot in pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan)
Root Vegetables and Onions
Scientific Advisor for IFS
Senior Research Fellow
Small scale vegetable gardens to local markets - a case study from PNG; APHC/AuSHS/NZIAHS Joint Conference 2011
Small scale vegetable production to local markets - a case study; Horticulture for the FutureConference
Soil morphological and chemical characteristics of key research and demonstration sites of the Central Province, Papua New Guinea; 5th Joint Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Conference
Soil organic carbon after long-term fertiliser N and P applications; World Congress on Soil Science
Soil types and land use potential in Central Province, Papua New Guinea; 20th World Congress of Soil Science
Soils and land use potential in Central Province of PNG; The 20th World Congress of Soil Science
Sorghum grain P concentration and removal at a long-term N x P experiment in southern Queensland; 1st Australian Summer Grains Conference
Sowing the seeds of improved vegetable production in PNG
Sowing time and tillage practice affect chickpea yield and nitrogen fixation .2. Nitrogen accumulation, nitrogen fixation and soil nitrogen balance; Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
Station Moves Forward
Submission to mid project review of SMCN/2008/008 - increasing vegetable production in Central Province, PNG, for Port Moresby Markets
Surge in World Fertiliser Prices
Surveying and assessing climate risk to reduce uncertainty and improve farm business management; Extension Farming Systems Journal
Sustainable Vegetable Production in Central Province, Papua New Guinea
Technological Change in Rainfed Farming Systems : Implications for Their Function, Productivity, Stability and Sustainability; Rainfed Farming Systems
Television Program 'Totally Wild'
The many turnings of agricultural extension in Australia; Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension
The Papua New Guinea vegetable project
The potential contribution of agricultural extension in building capacity and resilience in rural industries and communities; University of Tasmania's 2010 Postgraduate Research Confernce
The potential of agricultural extension for capacity and resilience building; and new institutional structures for its' future delivery
The potential of agricultural extension for capacity and resilience building; and new institutional structures for its' future delivery
The role of soil organic matter in temperate vegetable value chains in Central Province, Papua New Guinea: a short review; 1st International Symposium on Organic Matter Management and Compost Use in Horticulture
The Role of Soil Organic Matter in Temperate Vegetable Value Chains in Central Province, Papua New Guinea: a short review; International Symposium Organic Matter Management & Compost Use in Horticulture
The third crisis in Australian agricultural research, development and extension; Australian and Pacific Extension Network Forum 2011
Thwarting plague and pestilence in the Australian sugar industry: Crop protection capacity and resilience built by agricultural extension; Crop Protection
TIA response to issues paper on Tasmanian adaptation to climate change, November 2011
TIAR makes significant contribution to national and international conferences
TIAR Vegetable Centre Delivers in Research, Develpment and Extension
TIAR Vegetable Centre runs successful forum
TIAR Vegetable Centre undertaking research in Papua New Guinea
TIAR Vegetable Centre undertaking Vegetable Research Project in PNG
TIAR Vegetable Centre, Active in R, D and E for the Tasmanian Vegetable Industry
Timing of N uptake by grapevines as determined by use of 15N depleted ammonium nitrate in a subtropical environment; 8th International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology and Biotechnology
Use of Reclaimed water on Parks and Gardens - Interpretation of soil and water analysis data for Crows Nest Shire Council
Using GIS and radar imagery for assessment of Land Capability for arable agriculture in Rigo District, Central Province, Papua New Guinea; 5th Joint Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Conference
Using Modelling and Agronomy to Improve Reliability of Maize as a Rainfed Crop in Northern New South Wales and South Western Queensland; Australian Agronomy
Using value chain systems modelling to develop more sustainable cool temperate vegetable marketing systems in a transitional economy: a case study in PNG; 5th World Congress of Conservation Agriculture incorporating 3rd Farming Sytems Design Conference
UTAS helps out with vegie growing in PNG
Vegetable and Dairy Research
Vegetable Centre active in Research, Development and Extension for the Tasmanian Vegetable Industry
Vegetable Centre Report - Industry Round Table
Vegetable Project to Guide Production Under Current and Future Climates; Climate Change Research Strategies for Primary Industries Conference
Vegetables are a major part of the diet in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and demand for temperate vegetables is growing from the emerging middle class and increasing expatriate population; 29th International Horticultural Congress 2014
Weed Management in Rainfed Agricultural Systems : Principles and Methodologies; Rainfed Farming Systems
Whole of System and Value Chain Analyses reveal research needs in horticulture in Laos and Cambodia; Tropical Agriculture Conference
Women farmer's horticultural production constraints, training needs, adoption and implementation in Central Province, Papua New Guinea; SEAVEG 2014: Regional Symposium on Sustaining Small-Scale Vegetable Production and Marketing Systems for Food and Nutrition Security

Research Projects

Increasing Vegetable Production in Central Province, Papua New Guinea, to Supply Port Moresby Markets; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Integrated resource management for fruit and vegetable production in Laos and Cambodia; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Mitigation of N2O Emissions in the National Vegetable Industry; Department of Agriculture (DoA (Cwth))
Sustainable Vegetable Production in Central Province, PNG; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Vegetable Industry Marketing Committee (VIMC); Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment (DPIPWE)
McCain Community Tasforce: Identify Expansion Opportunities in Existing Vegetable and Associated Industries
McCain Community Taskforce: Extension of the Tasmanian Vegetable Promotion Program - Taste is in Our Nature
McCain Community Taskforce: to Establish Onsite Demonstrations for Controlled Traffic Farming in the North West
Prioritise vegetable crop commodities for mechanisation

Research Candidate Supervision

Crop Water Productivity Functions to Evaluate the Growth and Production of Wheat
Mechanisms of biophysical Factors that Influence Phenological Development of Vegetable Cultivars in Central Province, Papua New Giuinea
Social Factors Associated with the Adoption of Information and Communication Technologies in the Tasmania Vegetable Industry
The Role of Extension in Building Capacity and Resilience in Australian Rural Industries