Dr Greg Constable: cotton researcher.
Dr Greg Constable: leading cotton research
Dr Greg Constable is a leader in cotton research, investigating plant breeding, genetically modified cotton varieties, higher yield management packages, improved sustainability and reducing insecticide use.
1 December 2005 | Updated 14 October 2011
As Stream Leader for Industrial Fibres from Cotton, Dr Greg Constable's specific research interests include cotton breeding, agronomy and crop management systems.
He has driven research in cotton breeding for:
He is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Crop Sciences, University of Sydney, New South Wales (NSW), Australia.
Dr Constable was a NSW Department of Agriculture crop scientists up to 1991 when he joined CSIRO Plant Industry's cotton breeding team at Narrabri.
Dr Constable's specific research interests include cotton breeding, agronomy and crop management systems.
He has specialised in breeding cotton for full season cropping systems and has also initiated breeding for improved fibre quality.
CSIRO has been successful in combining the characteristics of elite cotton germplasm with transgenic insect and herbicide resistance traits to transform Australian cotton as a more sustinable industry.
He was the first Director of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Sustainable Cotton Production, through the planning phase in 1992, its successful establishment in 1993, and up to its renewal in 1999 as the Australian Cotton CRC.
Dr Constable holds the following qualifications:
Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1970
Master of Agricultural Science, University of Sydney, 1975
Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 1982.
Dr Constable has supervised a number of Masters and Doctoral projects through both the University of Sydney and the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, Australia.
In 2003 the influential Australian business magazine the Bulletin, judged Dr Constable 'Australia's smartest scientist'. Some of Dr Constable's other awards include:
Centenary medal for services to plant production and processing, 2002
CSIRO Chairman's Medal (team), 2003
Australian Government Prize for Rural innovation (team), 2005
ATSE Clunies Ross Award (team), 2006
Austrlian Cotton Growers Research Association Researcher of the Year, 1984 and 2006.
Outstanding Research Award in Cotton physiology at the 2008 US Beltwide Cotton conferences.
In 2001 Dr Constable was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering for his research for his work in helping to develop:
higher yield management packages
improved sustainability from better resource management
reduced insecticide use due to the introduction of pest resistant, genetically modified cotton varieties.
See a list of scientific papers published by Dr Constable on the next page.