The 2019 Australian Cotton Collective has begun, with a range of speakers discussing key topics of interest to the cotton industry.
CSIRO research Dr Katie Broughton presents to a large crowd of delegates at the 2019 Australian Cotton Collective.
More than 150 people attended the opening morning of the event at the Yoogali Club in Griffith, New South Wales.
The opening session began with Cotton Australia’s Chairman, Hamish McIntyre, and CEO, Adam Kay, updating delegates on the organisation’s achievements and activities.
Professor Mark Howden from the ANU Climate Change Institute then presented on climate change research and provided an outlook on the effects of global warming.
“The cotton industry has a great history of responding to issues and responding to social concerns,” Prof Howden said.
Dr Katie Broughton from the CSIRO then presented on what the cotton industry was doing to tackle climate change.
Dr Broughton provided an overview of the glasshouse and field experiments that are underway looking at how the physiology of cotton plants is affected by different environmental conditions.
“The controlled glasshouse studies are really useful because we can really target the environment we want to generate,” she said.
Dr Broughton said the researchers are also investigating whether recommendations for the use of plant growth regulators to control excessive vegetative growth will need revision.
Dr Dio Antille from the CSIRO then presented on research around nitrogen use efficiency.
A comprehensive forum on water will be held later on Day One of the Collective, featuring Steve Whan, CEO of National Irrigators’ Council, Phillip Glyde, CEO of the MDBA, Hilton Taylor, Assistant Secretary of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, Dr Jamie Pittock from The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, Dan Connor from the NSW Department of Industry, and Jim Cush, Chair of the NSW Irrigators’ Council.