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Posted: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:48
UWA Professor talks on Computer Modeling for Weed Management at BIOTROP’s Second Quarterly Public Seminar Series - 784 time(s) visited
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Dr. Michael Renton, an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth, Australia was the speaker for BIOTROP’s Second Quarterly Technical Seminar Series held on 28 October 2013 at the Centre’s headquarter in Bogor. Dr. Renton’s seminar topic was “Alien Invasion Simulation: Computer Modeling to Help Understand, Predict and Manage Weeds.”

Dr. Renton shared three computer models that he helped developed at UWA aimed at helping farmers and researchers understand weeds and make appropriate decisions to manage them.  In the course of discussing the models, he also provided insights on the importance of knowing seed bank population dynamics, evolution of resistance to herbicides and pesticides, competition and interaction between plants in natural and managed systems, optimal land-use in agricultural systems, mixed-use landscapes, and dispersal of biological organisms in relation to developing computer models.

BIOTROP Deputy Director for Program Dr. Jess C. Fernandez welcomed the 69 participants consisting of post graduate students from Bogor Agricultural Universities and researchers from various research agencies within and outside Bogor who attended the seminar. He also expressed BIOTROP’s appreciation to Dr. Renton for accepting the invitation to be the Centre’s speaker for the event, after attending the Asian Pasific Weed Science Society Conference in Bandung on 22-25 October 2013. 

Dr. Renton completed his PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia, looking at new approaches to modeling the interactions between plant form, function, and environment in cotton, peas and arctic birch.  His post-doc in Montpellier, France, married stochastic models with structural models to create virtual apple trees and he then returned to Perth to create the Weed Seed Wizard (a model of seed-bank dynamics) at the Department of Agriculture and Food of Australia.

The quarterly public seminar is one of the special initiatives of BIOTROP under its 9th Five-Year Development Plan (2012-2017). It is aimed to provide a venue for scientists and other enthusiasts to share their research and training knowledge and experiences in tropical biology. The Centre welcomes other speakers for the succeeding seminars.  They could contact Dr. Fernandez (j.fernandez@biotrop.org) for this purpose. (SS/JF)