The 15th Australian Barley Technical Symposium (ABTS) was recently held in Adelaide 18-21 September. The conference was well attended with over 170 delegates and offered a valuable opportunity for delegates to hear the latest advances in barley genetics, genomics, plant physiology, quality and agronomy.
Two major awards and two poster prizes were presented to members of the SAFW and co-location partners.
Congratulations to Dr Suong Cu (The University of Adelaide) who was awarded the ABTS Inc Incentive Award ($5,500) for her presentation titled: ‘Characterisation of Genetic Variation for Alpha-amylase Alleles in Barley’.
The Paul Johnston Trust Award ($5,500) was given to Kenton Porker (SARDI) for his presentation titled ‘Agronomic (row space, seed depth, seed quality) and Environmental Factors Change Herbicide Safety of New Barley Varieties in the Mallee’.
Both awards are given to support international conference attendance and associated travel and to further career development.
Poster prizes were also awarded to Juanita Lauer-Smith (The University of Adelaide) and Dr Joanne Tilbrook (ACPFG). Juanita is currently undertaking Honours (Supervisors: Jason Eglinton, Sophie Roumeliotis, Suong Cu). Her poster was titled ‘Improving Barley Beta-glucanase in Malt and Brewing Quality’. Joanne presented a poster titled ‘Development of High Salinity Tolerant Barley’.