NEWELL, Matthew

Matthew Newell

Research interests

  • Perennial grains
  • Plant polyculture dynamics
  • Cereal genetics
  • Grain and forage quality


Matthew Newell has worked in agricultural research with NSW Department of Primary Industries since 1994. He has worked in many research programs during this time including biological control of wheat diseases, conservation tillage and increasing the adoption of grain legumes into farming systems. From 2008 Matthew has been one of the lead investigators in Perennial Grain research. This is the only current Perennial Cereal research program in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2016 Mathew completed a sabbatical at The Land Institute, Salina Kansas, USA where he developed new skills in plant breeding and agro-ecological research. Matthew is based in Cowra NSW and is currently investigating the nutritional value of perennial cereals as part of a dual purpose graze and grain production system.


  • Bachelor Rural Science,  University New England, 1994
  • Masters by Research: Charles Sturt University: Wagga Wagga 2013

Current projects

  • Novel dual purpose perennial cereals for grazing
  • Phosphorous efficient pastures
  • Extending the boundaries of legume  adaptation through better soil management
  • Increasing livestock production by integrating tropical pastures into farming systems

Recent publications

Newell MT, Crews TE, Hayes RC (2019) Can 15N- isotopic methods be used to estimate plant associated nitrogen fixation in hybrid perennial sorghum? In: 'Cells to satelites. Proceddings of the 19th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference', 25-29 August 2019,  Wagga Wagga NSW, Australia,

Hayes R, Wang S, Newell M, Turner K, Larsen J, Gazza L, Anderson J, Bell L, Cattani D, Frels K, Galassi E, Morgounov A, Revell C, Thapa D, Sacks E, Sameri M, Wade L, Westerbergh A, Shamanin V, Amanov A, Li G (2018) The Performance of Early-Generation Perennial Winter Cereals at 21 Sites across Four Continents. Sustainability 10(4), 1124

Newell, M. T. and R. C. Hayes (2017). Perennial crop research at NSW Department of Primary Industries, Cowra. Your System- taking it to the next level: Proceedings of the 30th Conference of the Grassland  Society of NSW Inc. Cowra 24-26 July 2017. K. Behrendt, Grassland Society of NSW Inc.

Newell, M. T. and R. C. Hayes (2017). "An initial investigation of forage production and feed quality of perennial wheat derivatives." Crop and Pasture Science 68(12): 1141-1148.

Holland J, Hayes RC, Poile GJ, Newell MT, Conyers MK, Oates AA, Orchard BA, van der Rijt V, Refshauge G (2016). Greater potassium rate increases the biomass of grazing crops, but what about the effects on feed quality? Proceedings of the Livestock Productivity from Pastures Symposium, 7-9 June. Editor C. Harris. Australian Grasslands Association Research Series No. 3, Armidale, NSW (Australian Grassland Association) pp 28-31.

Hayes RC, Newell MT, Crews TE and Peoples MP (2016) Perennial cereal crops: An initial evaluation of wheat derivatives grown in mixtures with a regenerating annual legume. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems

Newell M, Hayes R, Virgona J, Larkin P (2015) Summer dormancy in Elymus scaber and its hybridity with wheat. Euphytica 204(3), 535-556

Newell M, Wade L, Aktar J, Hayes R (2015) Field evaluation of root development and dry matter production in perennial cereals In ' 9th International Symposium of the ISRR. Roots down under - Belowground solutions to global challenges', Oct. 6-9, 2015, 2015b, Canberra,Oct. 6-9, 2015

Larkin PJ, Newell MT, Hayes RC, Aktar J, Norton MR, Moroni SJ, Wade LJ (2014) Progress in developing perennial wheats for grain and grazing. Crop and Pasture Science 65, 1147-1164

Newell M, Hayes R, Virgona J, Larkin P (2013) Potential of common wheatgrass, Elymus scaber, to hybridise with wheat and produce a perennial cereal species. In 'Perennial Grasses in Pasture Production  Systems'. Canberra 15-16 Ma',

Hayes R, Newell M, Norton M (2013) Agronomic management of perennial wheat derivatives: using case studies from Australia to identify challenges. In 'Perennial Crops For Food Security: Proceedings of the FAO Expert Workshop. ' Rome, 28-30 August,

Larkin P, Newell M (2013) Perennial wheat breeding: current germplasm and a way forward for breeding and global cooperation. In 'Perennial Crops For Food Security. Proceedings of the FAO expert workshop', Rome, 28-30 August,

Hayes RC, Newell MT, DeHaan LR, Murphy KM, Crane S, Norton MR, Wade LJ, Newberry M, Fahim M, Jones SS, Cox TS, Larkin PJ (2012) Perennial cereal crops: An initial evaluation of wheat derivatives. Field Crops Research 133, 68-89

Contact details

Location: Cowra Agricultural Research and Advisory Station