Queensland

Michael Widderick

Michael Widderick is a senior research scientist with the Queensland government. Based in Toowoomba on the Darling Downs, Michael’s research is aimed at improving weed management in broad-acre cropping systems. Michael is an advocate for integrated weed management and promotes this approach widely across the northern grain growing region. Currently, Michael is contributing to the development of strategies for management of fleabane (Conyza spp.) and for prevention and management of herbicide resistance. Michael is a long-standing member of the Weed Society of Queensland and currently serves as secretary.

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Janet Barker

Janet is the current Vice-President of the Weed Society of Queensland and has worked within Landcare and NRM group networks in the weed and pest animal management areas in Southern Queensland for the past 20 years. Based just outside Toowoomba, Janet has undertaken Project Management roles for community-based projects with Local Government, Regional NRM bodies, Landcare and Catchment groups, Industry Bodies and Local Agricultural and Resource Industries. While the projects generally have a weed and pest animal management outcome, Janet’s passion is communicating good science and developing partnerships for improved sustainability outcomes. Janet has been on the Weed Society Executive an various roles over the past 15 years and most recently was contracted by WSQ to put together the Weeds of Southern Queensland fourth edition and Weeds of Central and Northern Queensland 1st edition.

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