Top Crop Summit – Day 2
February 24, 2021 at
Update on herbicide-resistance research in Australia
Speaker: Dr. Hugh Beckie, Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative/University of Western Australia
Hugh Beckie provides an update from the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative, and the key takeaways for Canadian farmers.
Hugh Beckie, University of Western Australia
Hugh grew up on a farm near Davidson, Saskatchewan and farmed for over 30 years. He began his 26-year career as a weed scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in 1992. Hugh was also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. His research program focused on surveillance, risk assessment, and management of herbicide-resistant weeds as well as impact assessment of novel-trait or GM crops. Hugh has served as President of the Canadian Weed Science Society and became a Fellow of the Society in 2017. In 2018, he received the Fellow award from the Weed Science Society of America. Hugh was also awarded the QEII Diamond Jubilee medal for his service to Canada. In July of 2018, he began a new position as Director of AHRI (Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative; www.ahri.uwa.edu.au ) and Professor of Crop Weed Science at the University of Western Australia.