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Media release: Industry leaders discuss pasture productivity and giant rats tail grass

1 February 2018

Council’s Giant Rats Tail Grass forum, to be held 8am-12.30 Tuesday 27 February, will bring some of the world’s industry leaders in pasture weeds to the Civic Centre to give guidance on managing this weed.

The event will feature Professor Brent Sellers from the University of Florida and Wayne Volger of Biosecurity Queensland.

Registration for the event is free, however tickets are strictly limited. Registrations close Thursday 22 February. Book online here or call 1300 307 800.

About Professor Brent Sellers:
Professor Sellers is an Associate Professor and Extension Weed Specialist in the Agronomy Department of the University of Florida-IFAS, and is the Associate Center Director of the Range Cattle Research & Education Center in Ona, FL. He received a B.S. degree in Biology and M.S. degree in Botany and Plant Pathology from Purdue University in 1995 and 1999, respectively. Dr. Sellers completed his Ph.D. in Agronomy at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003. He has been employed as a faculty member in Agronomy located at the Range Cattle Research & Education Center since 2004. His research and extension program includes management of native and non-native weed species in pastures, rangeland, rights-of-way, and natural areas. Dr. Sellers has trained 1 Ph.D. student and 4 M.S. students, and is currently advising a Ph.D. and M.S. student. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 150 extension articles.

About Dr Wayne Vogler:
Dr Wayne Vogler is Senior Weed Scientist with Biosecurity Queensland. He has conducted research in the ecology and management of herbaceous and woody weeds since 1996 including species such as rubber vine, parthenium, Navua sedge and prickly acacia. He has a particular interest in invasive grass management and has done extensive research into the ecology and management of giant rats tail grass and grader grass.