13 Nov 2018
Dr Reg Lance has been awarded the Farrer Memorial Medal in recognition of his work in barley breeding and genetics.
Deputy Director General, Agriculture at NSW Department of Primary Industries, Kate Lorimer-Ward, presented the prestigious medal on behalf of the Trustees of the Farrer Memorial Trust.
“I congratulate Dr Lance, a worthy recipient in recognition of his dedication and contribution to research in malting and feed barley breeding and genetics” she said.
“Dr Lance’s career has covered all aspects of improvements in yield, agronomic performance, malting and feed quality, plant pathology, and adaptation to abiotic stresses.
“Furthermore, his career has spanned across continents, universities and government departments, including USA and Denmark, University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, University of Adelaide and University of Queensland.
“This has included supervising or co-supervising nine PhD students, further contributing to the research within this area of agriculture.”
The Farrer Memorial Medal is awarded annually to commemorate William James Farrer, Australia’s leading wheat breeder, in recognition of distinguished service in agricultural science and contribution to Australia’s cropping industries.
As part of the Award, the medallist delivers the Farrer Memorial Oration. Dr Lance’s oration, titled “Another Man’s Life with Barley”, touched on barley breeding and varieties, current research and future directions.