Dr Dinesh Kafle, cotton's 2020 Science and Innovation Award winner.

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August 25, 2020

The 2021 ABARES Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture - supported by CRDC - are now open.

CRDC is encouraging young researchers aged 18-35 to apply for a grant valued at up to $22,000 to fund an innovative research project that will benefit Australia's cotton industry.

As a sponsor of the Awards program, run by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, CRDC supports and rewards young scientists for their exploration of concepts and the creation of new knowledge in the pursuit of scientific breakthroughs. 

Recent recipients of the cotton award are Dean Brooks of the University of Queensland (2019) and Dr Dinesh Kafle of QLD DAF (2020).

Dean’s innovative research project focused on scanning irrigation water for trace amounts of DNA left behind by pests and pathogens, as a potential new way to quickly identify the presence of difficult to find cotton pests. Dinesh’s novel project investigates whether cotton plants can be primed with silicone to boost their defences against fusarium wilt and reniform nematode.

Further information and application forms are available from the Department’s website: www.agriculture.gov.au/scienceawards. Applications close 5pm, Friday 2 October.