Dr Everard Edwards

Research Team Leader

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Biography

Everard Edwards started his career in the UK, with a BSc (Hons) in Plant Sciences at The University of Sheffield in 1992, followed by a PhD in post-harvest physiology of potatoes at Nottingham Trent University in 1997. He also has a Diploma in Computing from the Open University in the UK. Everard then undertook post-doctoral fellowships at The University of York and The Australian National University. Both positions examined climate change effects on plants, the former investigating the impact of soil warming on root growth and the latter the interaction between elevated CO2 and phosphorous availability on nitrogen fixation.

Since 2006, Everard has been applying his background in whole plant physiology to perennial horticulture at CSIRO. Much of this has been in optimising winegrape management, including studying vine balance (in collaboration with the Charles Sturt University and NSW DPI), the long-term impact of deficit irrigation, the interaction between temperature and water status during heat-waves and the role of rootstocks in driving water use efficiency. This latter work, together with his earlier experience in studying plant roots, has led to an involvement with the almond industry, where Everard aims to improve resource use efficiency through more resilient root-systems. Everard has also been involved in a number of collaborative projects including with The University of Adelaide, SARDI, and Agriculture Victoria.

In recent years Everard has also been been using his experience in crop management to lead a Digital Viticulture program, together with Mark Thomas. This is a highly collaborative program, working with CSIRO Data 61, the Energy business unit and the Manufacturing business unit, to develop proximal sensors and accompanying data analytics for application in winegrape growing.

Current Roles

  • Research Team Leader
    Grapevine and perennial horticulture physiology team

Academic Qualifications

  • 1997

    PhD
    The Nottingham Trent University

  • 1992

    Bachelor of Science (Hons)
    The University of Sheffield

Professional Experiences

  • 2006-2011

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO

  • 2001-2006

    Post-doctoral Fellow
    The Australian National University, Australia

  • 1998-2001

    Post-doctoral Fellow
    The University of York, UK

Grants

  • 2017-2022

    Wine Australia CSA1701-2.1: Physiology of root:shoot interactions.

  • 2016-2019

    Wine Australia CSA1601: New technologies for dynamic canopy and disease management

  • 2013-2020

    Hort Innovation AL13009: Better tree performance and water use efficiency through root system resilience.

  • 2012-2017

    Wine Australia CSP1202: Improving industry capacity to manage the yield and wine quality relationship through understanding the influence of vine carbon balance on berry composition.

  • 2009-2013

    Wine Australia CSP0902: Achieving water use efficiency and improved drought tolerance with rootstocks.

Publications

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