Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr J Sergio Moroni

Dr J Moroni

BSc, MSc, PhD. (U Alberta, Canada)

Dr Moroni graduated with a BSc Agric. (Plant Science) degree from the University of Alberta, Canada, before completing a MSc and then a PhD in Plant Breeding, also at the University of Alberta.

On completing his PhD Dr. Moroni was appointed to NSW Agriculture (now NSW DPI) as a Research Agronomist, focusing on crop germplasm tolerant to soils with subsurface acidity. This involved the identification and characterization of canola tolerant to high manganese as well as, wheat, barley and canola germplasm resistant to aluminium.

Dr Moroni joined CSU from 2003 to 2008 as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow and subsequently promoted to Research Fellow. The main research projects he worked on with at this time were "The contribution of subsoil constraints to canola yield decline" and "Determining differences between crop species in their ability to exploit remnant lucerne biopores and to capture surface and subsoil water".

Dr Moroni returned to NSW DPI in early 2008 to work in the development of drought tolerant canola germplasm.  Subsequently, Dr Moroni came back to CSU in early 2009 following his appointment to the position of Lecturer at the School of Agricultural & Wine Sciences.

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Teaching Interests

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Research Interests

  • Plant-soil integrations at low pH
  • Crop root and soil water dynamics
  • Mineral nutrition of crop plants
  • Selection of crop germplasm for stressful environments

Current Research Projects

  • 2015-2020 Innovative approaches to managing subsoil acidity in the southern grain region. Funded by GRDC. Collaborating scientists: Dr G Li, Leader (NSW DPI), Dr J Condon (CSU), Dr E Tavakkoli (NSW DPI), Dr P Ryan (CSIRO) and others.
  • 2015-2018 Optimised Canola Profitability: Post Doctoral Fellow. Funded by NSW DPI. Collaborating scientists: Mr R Brill, Leader (NSW DPI) and others.
  • 2012-2015 Enabling Landholders to Adopt Profitable and Sustainable Carbon Cropping Practices. Funded by DAFF. Collaborating scientists: Professor D Lemerle, Leader (CSU), Dr I Hume (NSW DPI), Dr J Condon (CSU) and others.

Research Students

PhD Current
  • Mrs Jesmin Aktar "Dry Matter Partitioning and Root Growth in an Annual Wheat, a Perennial Wheatgrass and four Perennial Wheat Derivatives" 2012-2016 (Co-Supervisor)
Honours Current
  • Mr Mathew Dunn "Organic amendments to ameliorate hostile subsoils" Holbrook Landcare Network (Co-Supervisor) 2015-2016
  • Ms Harriet Brickhill "Critical Period for Yield Determination in Canola".  Graham Centre Honours Scholarship (Principal Supervisor) 2016-2017
  • Mr Alistar Dart "The evaluation of cold tolerance among Canola varieties at seedling stage and its relationship with 'vigour' ". Graham Centre Honours Scholarship (Principal Supervisor) 2016

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Recent Publications

View Dr Moroni's publications on CRO.

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