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Australian Scientist to be Awarded Farrer Memorial Medal

June 8, 2012

Farrer Memorial Trust announced that Professor Graeme Hammer, Director of the Centre for Plant Science at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), will receive the 2012 Farrer Memorial Medal. The award is presented annually to a person who had provided distinguished service in agriculture science.

"His most significant research contribution includes the design and development of sophisticated mathematical models that examine the physiology and genetics of complex adaptive traits in field crops, with a focus on improving water productivity in cereals," said Farrer Memorial Trust Chairman Richard Sheldrake. Hammer's research has made way to the "development of improved models that enable simulation of consequences of genetic and management manipulation of crops in specific target environments".

The award was established in 1911 in memory of research done by William James Farrer who introduced Federation wheat, a development which significantly advanced the wheat industry.

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