11 October, 2019
SRA has welcomed a new Senior Researcher to assist in the critical research areas of soil health and yellow canopy syndrome (YCS) with the appointment of Dr Monia Anzooman.
Dr Anzooman is based at SRA’s Brandon station in the Burdekin and will be working with other SRA scientists, adoption officers, growers, millers and industry service providers on these research areas.
Executive Manager for Biosecurity and Production, Dr Barry Salter, said that Dr Anzooman would be an asset to the Australian sugarcane industry through her experience with crops including wheat, bananas and sugarcane.
“She has worked with the University of Queensland on sodic and dispersive soils management in southern Queensland and also published papers on agronomy and soil management,” Dr Salter said. “She has also worked in the Paddock to Reef Integrated Monitoring, Modelling and Reporting program for Queensland Government as a crop and hydrology modeler for grains and sugarcane industries.”
Dr Anzooman said she looked forward to working with all industry stakeholders to deliver productivity, profitability and sustainability outcomes for growers and millers.
“SRA already has an extensive program of work underway in soil health, and I look forward to adding value to this research and extension activity, primarily through the project being led in the Burdekin by Dr Danielle Skocaj,” she said. “Likewise, YCS is a critical investment area for SRA and I look forward to working with researchers within SRA and the University of Queensland to advance our work determining the cause of YCS and finding management options for growers.”