Regional journalist (Wheatbelt)
Hails from: Cunderdin, a small rural town in the central Wheatbelt.
Past life: A part time rural journalist, Jo and her husband own and manage a 5,000ha grain farm in the central wheatbelt. She has also worked with AWB Limited, WA Farmers Federation, the WA Local Government Association and spreads herself way too thin volunteering for community groups and the local school!
Favourite science: Jo has spent much of her life involved in agriculture in some way, and so her passion is for practical science that can be used on-farm to improve the sustainability and profitability of farming businesses in WA.
Loves: Watching her kids play sport, high tea and a good book with a glass of red on a cold winter’s day
DRONES, or Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAVs), are playing the role of medical doctor and are now able to diagnose the stress levels of plants, which could lead to less insecticide use.
BREAKING the genetic bottleneck of the domesticated lupin plant could open up a world of possibilities for the legume in the global food industry.
IN A divergence from normal thinking, research has shown that being fatter really is better, at least when it comes to being a sheep!
THE FUTURE of four stunning but highly threatened orchid species in WA’s wheatbelt region is now more secure thanks to a special collaboration between community volunteers and a dedicated scientist.
IT’S A BOLD vintage red that is set to take the WA market by storm, but it’s not a Grange Hermitage.
LOCAL farmers who are preparing to sow their wheat crops over the next fortnight should hold off, according to local scientists who warn sowing mainstream varieties too early can risk yield penalties at the end of the season.
LOCAL researchers have unravelled the germination secrets of WA’s strangely-named snottygobble tree (Persoonia longifolia R.Br.), thereby opening the door for the species to help rehabilitate WA’s landscape.
WESTERN Australia’s lupin (Lupinus) industry has narrowly dodged a bullet through the rediscovery of the potentially devastating grey leaf spot disease (caused by the plant fungus Stemphylium spp.).
CAN genetically modified (GM) canola (Brassica napus) survive outside a controlled paddock environment, and is it a biodiversity threat to our remnant bushland?
SCIENTISTS will dramatically change the direction of their breeding efforts to improve nitrogen uptake by wheat, after the release of findings suggesting wheat genotypes with smaller root systems might be better suited to WA’s water and nitrogen leaching soils.