The Weed Science Society of America Recognises Australian Professor Roger Cousens Weed Solutions Research with Prestigious Award
Portland, Oregon (News4us.com) February 11, 2011
The life-time’s work of Professor Roger Cousens in leading the search for weeds solutions has been recognised with a prestigious award from the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA).
Professor Cousens has spent 27 years researching the ecology and biology of weeds and in 1995 published the book Dynamics of Weed Populations. He is currently a member of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Weeds Advisory Committee and works in the Department of Resource Management and Geography at the University of Melbourne,
At the 51st annual meeting of the WSSA on Monday, February 7, Professor Cousens was awarded honorary membership for his research, which has shed light on the population dynamics of weeds and competition between weeds and crops.
RIRDC congratulates Professor Cousens on the achievement, saying the recognition is testament to the importance of the body of work he has produced during his career as only one honorary member is selected each year by the WSSA.
RIRDC is managing the implementation of the National Weeds and Productivity Research Program, which is aimed at finding innovative solutions to the economic and environmental costs caused by weeds.
RIRDC Weeds Advisory Committee Chair, the Honourable John Kerin AM, said the honorary members of the WSSA have all made significant contributions to the field of weed science and have been recognised as national or international leaders in their field.
“Professor Cousens’ contribution to the RIRDC Weeds Program is incredibly valuable in providing a critical research perspective to its activities,” Mr Kerin said.
“Weeds cost Australia’s agricultural sector alone more than $4 billion a year in management imposts and lost production, as well as doing immense damage to our environmental assets.
“Solutions to weeds in Australia require a long-term, integrated and multi-disciplinary approach.
“The RIRDC Weeds Program is supporting research which will limit the spread of existing weeds and improve the effectiveness of control practices by building on the work of industry leaders like Professor Cousens.”
The Australian Government has provided up to $12.4 million to RIRDC for the first two years of the National Weeds and Productivity Research Program to 30 June 2012 with the goal of reducing the impact of invasive weeds on farm and forestry productivity as well as on biodiversity.
· More information on the National Weeds and Productivity Research Program is available at www.rirdc.gov.au/weeds
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