Dr Gordon Rogers
BAppSc (Hons), Dip Ed, PhD in crop physiology Principal of AHR, adjunct Professor of Horticultural Crop Physiology with the University of Sydney
Gordon’s focus is on soil health, vegetable agronomy, crop physiology, and the development of sustainable crop production systems.
He set up Applied Horticultural Research in 1996 to help provide practical solutions for the horticulture industry in Australia and overseas by applying scientific research. His passion is for communicating the results of such research to growers and end-users in a way that helps them implement the findings. Away from plants, Gordon loves making things from timber in his workshop, and taking photographs on early morning walks.
Recent work includes reviews on soil health, climate change and alternative uses for crop waste for the vegetable industry, and international aid projects with a focus on vegetable market linkages in Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar and Africa. Gordon was an extension officer in Bowen in Qld, taught soil science and plant protection to horticulture students at Ryde TAFE in NSW, and currently teaches vegetable agronomy to agriculture students at the University of Sydney.
Gordon has a long list of first and co-authored refereed papers, major industry reports and book chapters.
Dr Jenny Ekman
BHortSci (Hons), PhD in postharvest physiology Research scientist
Jenny is a postharvest physiologist and communicator who works to maximise produce freshness and value while minimising supply chain losses. She is passionate about applying science to improve commercial and consumer outcomes.
A bicycling obsessive, Jenny loves nothing better than spending a Sunday rolling through the countryside.
Jenny’s projects have analysed consumer thinking, overcome quarantine barriers, and delivered better transport and storage systems for Australian fresh produce.
Jenny has worked for CSIRO, NSW DPI, and lectured in postharvest at the University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury (UWSH).
Jenny is the immediate past secretary of the Australian Society for Horticultural Science, a member of the International Society for Horticultural Science, and a regular contributor to.
She has a long list of first and co-authored refereed papers, major industry reports and book chapters.
Jenny is the immediate past secretary of the Australian Society for Horticultural Science, a member of the International Society for Horticultural Science, and a regular contributor to Produce Plus magazine.
Dr Natalie Elias
B Sc Agr (Hons), PhD in nitrogen fixation of legumes (2009) Research scientist
Natalie is currently leading the Soil Wealth/ICP project for AHR and producing a Soil Borne Disease identification and management guide for the vegetable industry.
Dr Elias has over 15 years’ experience as a research scientist working predominantly in the ﬁeld of broad-acre agriculture and horticulture. She has a strong background in crop protection and farming systems research. Her professional experience spans government departments, foreign aid projects, universities, media and multinational corporations both in Australia and abroad. Natalie is currently working a research scientist with Applied Horticultural Research, based in Sydney.
B.App.Sc. (Hons), M.Env.Sc. Agronomy and postharvest
Adam is a horticulturist with a commercial background in postharvest and agronomy, and particularly enjoys applying research to improve commercial practices.
Adam worked in the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, after which he moved to Sydney and spent time in the fresh produce industry, running a fruit ripening program for avocados, kiwifruit and mangoes. He is currently completing a Masters in Environmental Science at Sydney University, after which he will focus full-time on projects including protected cropping and postharvest extension.
Whenever possible Adam will be found on a surfboard, ideally at an uncrowded beach outside of Sydney.
BSc. Ag. (Hons) Agronomy and postharvest
Adam is interested in the agronomy of fruit and vegetable production and integrating research into on farm solutions to increase the sustainability of production.
Since graduating form a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Sydney, Adam has worked on projects on the use of cover crops in vegetable production systems and their effect on the soils condition and microbial diversity. Adam has also worked on the effects of different forms of nitrogen fertilisers in vegetable cropping.
On the weekends, Adam enjoys playing cricket in the summer and rugby league in the winter. As well as getting back home to the North coast to check on the cattle farm.
Dr Kelvin Montagu
BHortSci(Hons), PhD in crop physiology Research scientist
Kelvin has research and education expertise in irrigation and water management and managing climate change impacts on agriculture. While Kelvin spends his weekdays in the paddock, he likes to spend weekends in the mountains—walking, paddling, skiing and canyoning.
Recently, Kelvin has worked on Food and Fibre: Australia's Opportunities; the second industrial transformation of Australian landscapes; Understanding and managing impacts of climate change in relation to government policy, regulation and energy efficiency; Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries Research Development and Extension Strategy 2012–17; and Enriching Postgraduate Research: A Survey of CRC for Irrigation Futures Students.
Kelvin was Chair of the One Water Many Futures irrigation and water management conference and is a member of the Irrigation Association. Kelvin has worked with LandCare, USAID, Irrigation New Zealand, CCRSPI (Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries), Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Forest Research Center and ICE-WARM. He has previously worked for Cooperative Research Centres for Irrigation Futures and Greenhouse Accounting.
Publications Kelvin has produced can be found via his LinkedIn page.
BSc (Environment), BCom (Finance) Horticultural researcher
Liam explores the effects of climate variability and change on horticulture, and of horticulture on the climate.
Since graduating from the University of Wollongong Liam has concentrated on sustainability projects such as on farm power generation, integrating sustainable soil health practices into a commercial vegetable farm, reducing nitrous oxide emissions in key perennial tree crop industries, and the impact of subsurface drip irrigation and soil health on greenhouse gas emissions and productivity of processing tomatoes.
BScBus, Cert Crop advisor (USA) Agronomist, NSW
With expertise in agricultural chemicals and crop nutrition, Marc is the man on the ground for the extensive Soil Wealth project. And though Marc might have left Idaho, he still craves those Idaho potatoes!
Marc has extensive overseas experience, having worked with Elders, PFC Ag and other fertiliser and grain businesses, JR Simplot Idaho and China.
He is a Certified Crop Advisor for the American Society of Agronomy, and a member of Nutrient Advantage and AgSafe.
MAgrSc Senior agronomist
Mike specialises in vegetable agronomy and crop scheduling and has extensive experience in the seed industry.
He is a keen bushwalker and follower of a wide range of sports.
Mike is an expert in lettuce, babyleaf salad lines, and has developed a crop scheduling program for babyleaf spinach in the major growing regions of Australia, and worked on lettuce anthracnose control, optimising yield and shelf life of iceberg and cos lettuce, improving agronomy skills in developing countries (Vietnam, Philippines and East Africa) and developed an agronomic program to improve the uniformity of broccoli for mechanical harvesting.
Mike has lectured in vegetable agronomy, worked in numerous commercial environments and been widely recognised for his horticultural expertise.
BAgrSc, Grad Dip Sci Journ Research scientist, Victoria
Tim works on crop protection, general agronomy in horticulture and agriculture.
Recent projects Tim has worked on include nutrient benchmarking of Vic strawberries; monitoring greenhouse gas emissions in processing tomatoes; improving supply chain for Hi-Brix, long shelf-life melons; developing a broad based agronomy package for cultivating high anthocyanin (purple) carrots in Australia; data review on best practice management of lettuce anthracnose; and processing tomato variety evaluations.
Tim’s published works include: Kimpton & Rogers, Jan 2010, Development of a new processed carrot industry to export bioactive phytonutrients for juice and nutraceuticals; Kimpton, 2010, Agronomic Guide to Best Practice Growing of High Anthocyanin (“Black”) Carrots for Processing in Australia; Contributions in Best Practice Management of Lettuce Anthracnose Guide (2011); Contributions in Seedless Watermelon Agronomy (2009); Processing Tomato Variety Evaluations, 2007-2008.
BSocSc Business manager
The highly organised and efficient Lynn keeps the administration, coordination and planning at AHR ticking along.
A perpetual student and part time artist, Lynn is passionate about craftsmanship. Lynn’s previous jobs included working with the Royal Australian Navy and PMG Department.
After many years in journalism and media production, Sharron now loves making videos about food. And she’s never met a vegetable she didn’t like.
Sharron has created videos for IPM consumer education, avocado harvesting and reject bin analysis, growing papaya for growers, and various international projects.
Her range of experience includes work for television, radio and newspapers; GRDC (Grains Research and Development Corporation), MLA, Wespac Bank, and International Conservation Services.
Sharron’s commitment to sustainability and regeneration shines through in her published work, Natural Passion: Inspiring stories of practical sustainability, 2006, Land & Water Australia.