COOK, Tony

Tony Cook

Background

Tony is currently the Technical Specialist Weeds and has 27 years experience in weed research for NSW Department of Primary Industries. He is now based at Tamworth Agricultural Institute.

After graduating in 1988 at Sydney University with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science Degree, he commenced work at Glen Innes as a Technical Officer in 1989. His initial roles were to conduct applied research into cropping and pasture weeds in northern NSW. Whilst employed in the department, he transferred to Tamworth in 1995. The job has evolved such that his roles now include developing effective integrated weed management of pasture, cropping and environmental weeds.

In 1998 he attained a Masters of Rural Science after researching the new technology of selective spray-topping, a tactic that prevent wild oats from setting seed, thus breaking the life-cycle and rapidly depleting the seed bank.

Recent projects

Recently he had major roles in projects that included the improved control of alligator weed, fleabane, parrot's feather, galenia, Coolatai grass, various woody weeds and Giant Parramatta grass and the prevention/management of herbicide resistant weeds.

This work has led to numerous registered label changes or new Pesticide Permits that will allow the safe, legal and effective use of herbicides for new weed issues.

Professional associations and activities

Tony is a member on various national committees:

  • Australian Glyphosate Sustainability Working Group
  • The Herbicide Resistance Consultative Group
  • Grains Weeds Advisory Committee.

He is also a member of:

  • the NSW Weeds Society (active committee member)
  • the NSW Weeds Conference Organising Committee.

Contact details

Email: tony.cook@dpi.nsw.gov.au