Ingrid has been the editor of the Weed Society of Victoria quarterly newsletter, Weedscene, since June 2014. She is keen to make a contribution to wider awareness and interest in weeds through the sharing of information on weed-related issues. Prior to moving to Melbourne from Western Australia, Ingrid had been working as a Natural Resource Management Officer, and she had research and teaching roles in Environmental Science at Murdoch University. Her work in mine rehabilitation investigated mine-pit revegetation and soil amendment for revegetating mine tailings. She has also undertaken research in tree water relations in plantation forestry.
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Raelene Kwong is a senior research scientist within the Biosciences Research Division of Agriculture Victoria (Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources). She leads Victoria’s R&D programs on the biological control of weeds, with current projects focusing on the aquatic weeds sagittaria and arrowhead, and terrestrial weeds including silverleaf nightshade, gorse, brooms, tradescantia and blackberry. After 15 years in the field of biological control, including a year in Darwin working with the NT’s Biocontrol Team, she returned to study and obtained her PhD through La Trobe University in 2016. Her research conducted an extensive biogeographical study on plant population genetics, plant traits and enemy release of Sagittaria populations between the USA (the native range) and invaded ranges in Australia and South Africa.
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