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    Garry Rosewarne at Grains Innovation Park.

High-level speakers at pulse conference

A mix of international and prominent Australian speakers will present keynote addresses at Australian Pulse Conference in Horsham next week.

Event organisers said the conference, which will run from October 15 to 17, had attracted a high calibre of presenters who would share their knowledge of the pulse industry. 

Agriculture Victoria senior research scientist Dr Garry Rosewarne said the conference offered a rare chance for people to hear experts in the pulse field.

“We are fortunate to include people on the program who have expertise in international and local research and marketing, giving great insights into pulses,” he said.

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Dr Judith Burstin is research director at UMR Argoecology of INRA Dijon, France, and will draw on her skills in agronomy, quantitative genetics, and breeding and genomics to make her presentation. 

Dr Burstin leads a group of 30 researchers in France that focuses on plant adaptation in peas to maintain yield and quality in the context of low-input farming and climate change. 

Another international speaker to join the program is Nevin Rosaasen, chair of the board of directors at Biological Carbon Canada.

Mr Rosaasen has published papers in the field of carbon account and life-cycle analysis and grows pulses on a family farm.

He will speak at the conference on pulse trade and marketing. 

Victorian speakers include Professor Pablo J. Zarco-Tejada, who leads the Hypersens Laboratory in Melbourne.

Professor Zarco-Tejada’s work focuses on remote sensing, precision agriculture and vegetation stress detection using hyperspectral and thermal images from manned and unmanned aircraft systems. He will address the topic of remote sensing. 

Pulses have become an integral part of the Wimmera and southern Mallee’s cropping schedule and have generated considerable news in the region on the back of a multi-million pulse-protein powder venture in Horsham. 

More information about the conference is available online at

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