HARRIS, Carol

Research interests

  • Tall fescue improvement and management
  • Tropical grass improvement and management
  • Endophytes in perennial temperate grasses
  • Summer dormancy of temperate perennial grasses
  • Perennial legume improvement (white clover, lotus)

Background

Carol Harris was appointed to the Department of Agriculture* in January 1991 as a Technical Officer at Berry on the south coast and then Glen Innes. Carol has been a Research Agronomist located at the Agricultural Research & Advisory Station Glen Innes since 1997. Carol conducts agronomic and plant physiology research to improve the performance of pastures for livestock production and grazing/cropping systems on the Northern Tablelands and North-West slopes of NSW. Carol’s research work encompasses plant improvement with an emphasis on perennial grasses (tall fescue, cocksfoot and tropical grasses), species evaluation, pastures for mixed farming systems and pasture management. Carol has achieved recognition at the national level for her tall fescue improvement work. She is now credited as being the lead scientist in Australia with tall fescue improvement. Recently Carol has become the supervisor of the white clover breeding program run out of Glen Innes since 1990.

*The former NSW Department of Primary Industries became a part of Industry & Investment NSW on July 1, 2009.

Qualifications

  • B. Rur. Sc. (Hons) – University of New England 1991
  • M. Sc. Agr – Sydney University 1995

Current projects

  • Improved perennial grass cultivars
  • Productive, persistent tropical grasses
  • White clover development for dry margins

Recent publications

Boschma SP, Harris CA (2009) Grass-legume mixtures on the north-west slopes of New South Wales – finding a compatible legume. Tropical Grasslands 43, (in press).

Clark S, Harris C (2009) Summer dormancy in Australian perennial grasses: Historical background, a simulation study and current research. Crop Science 49, 2328-2334.

Harris CA, Boschma SP, Moore G (2009) Developing a more productive, persistent panic grass cultivar. Tropical Grasslands 43, (in press).

Harris CA, Clark SG, Reed KFM, Nie ZN, Smith KF (2008) Novel Festuca arundinacea Schreb. and Dactylis glomerata L. germplasm to improve adaptation for marginal environments. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 48, 436-448.

Harris CA (2008) New Panicum cultivars on the horizon for northern NSW. In ‘Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Grassland Society of NSW, Tamworth’. (Eds J Ayres, S Boschma) p.114 (Grassland Society of NSW Inc.: Orange).

Guppy C, Harris C (2008) The McMaster Mixed Farming Systems Experiment. In ‘Managing mixed farms in the Maranoa-Balonne and Border Rivers’. (Eds L Bell, B O’Mara and I Partridge) pp 45-46.

Harris C (2008) Matching land use to land capability. In ‘Managing mixed farms in the Maranoa-Balonne and Border Rivers’. (Eds L Bell, B O’Mara and I Partridge) pp 39-41.

Harris C (2008) Grain and Graze in the Border Rivers – an overview.  In ‘Primary Industries Innovation Centre Symposium, University of New England, Armidale’. (Ed B Martin) pp. 2-3

Harris C (2008) Back to grazing for the long-term rotation experiment. In ‘Primary Industries Innovation Centre Symposium, University of New England, Armidale’. (Ed B Martin) pp. 31-32

Lloyd D, Johnson B, Crocker G, Harris C (2008) Selecting the right pasture – for your soil and environment. In ‘Managing mixed farms in the Maranoa-Balonne and Border Rivers’. (Eds L Bell, B O’Mara and I Partridge) pp 8-13.

Professional associations and activities

  • Grassland Society of NSW - Editor & State Committee Member

Fields of research

  • 070302 Agronomy
  • 070305 Crop and pasture improvement (selection & breeding)

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Tall fescue breeding and selection
  • Tropical grass improvement
  • White clover breeding and selection
  • Summer dormancy
  • Endophytes
  • Pasture evaluation

Contact details

Email: carol.harris@dpi.nsw.gov.au