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ESC – Sustainability and the Circular Economy - webinar series - session 4

Plant breeding and species selection for sustainability.

DATE Thursday
13th August
TIME 10am to 11am (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
PDH credits 1 per webinar

IECA Australasia would like to invite you to a series of webinars exploring ESC, sustainability and the circular economy. The series will begin on Thursday 23rd July and will run every week for approximately 4 weeks. We have a great line up of speakers and topics, please see details below. You will need to register for each webinar separately.

Sustainability and the Circular Economy are current buzz words in all industries. At the last 2 IECA Aust. conferences there was discussion around the use of ESC products and what happens to them on the completion of a project. If you are in the game of ESC it can be fairly safely assumed, you have the environment at heart. So, creating enormous amounts of land fill does not sit comfortably with you. This online workshop series highlights how the ESC industry is addressing this issue.

We currently have 4 sessions planned:

Session Topic Speaker Date Time
1 Sustainability in the ESC Industry Sarah Wilson, Lendlease Thursday July 23rd 10am
2 An introduction to a circular economy Shonelle Gleeson-Willey,
Moss Environmental and IECA Aust Director
Thursday July 30th 10am
3 Is Biodegradability the Future of Erosion and Sediment Control?

Brad Stuart

Terra Lana Products Ltd

Thursday August 6th 10am
4 Plant breeding and species selection for sustainability. Guilherme Barcellos, PGG Wrightson Turf – Duraveg Thursday August 13th 10am

Session 4: Plant breeding and species selection for sustainability.

We are pleased to present, an insight into the plant breeding process. What environmental considerations are involved when plants are selected from the breeding process, and then brought to market. This presentation will also have attendees considering “is this plant the right one of this situation”. Although fast establishing species are commonly used, areas that require maintenance, alternative slower growing species, should be considered. This will provide a lower environmental footprint, with less mowing, and less carbon emissions. We will also provide an inventory for revegetation species for Australia and New Zealand. The species for Australia are predominantly warm season grasses, herbs, natives, and legumes with cool season species available, while in New Zealand the species are predominantly cool season with some warm season turfgrasses available. The inventory provides a checklist of adaptation to a range of soil conditions as well as plant stature, speed of establishment and seed availability. Not all species are available in every Australian State. Climate and rainfall adaptation are not included in the inventory. Each site is different, so a seed blend needs to be selected with reference to the particular site, the soils, and the climate.

Meet the presenter: Guilherme Barcellos, PGG Wrightson Turf – Duraveg

Guilherme Barcellos is an Agronomist/Product Development Manager for PGG Wrightson Turf in Australasia and provides a depth of skill in bringing innovative products and technologies to the turf and revegetation industries. Holding a B.Eng. degree in Agronomy from Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ) in Brazil, Guilherme has had a diverse work experience including Stadium Turf Agronomist, Turf Manager at a Sculpture Park, and Precision Agriculture Consultant.

Guilherme also conducted two undergraduate research projects at Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), the world's biggest tropical agriculture research centre. His projects were focused on soil microbiology and soil degradation. While studying, Guilherme also won a Science without Borders full scholarship to study abroad at Iowa State University (IASTATE) in the USA.

Outside of work, Guilherme enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, climbing and travelling having built a network around the world, gives him the best excuse to do so (when the borders are open again).


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