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Kerry Walsh

BSc hons (Qld Uni); MSc (Queens University, Canada), PhD (Queens University, Canada)
Professor - Sensor Systems
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Institute for Future Farming Systems
(07) 4930 9707
Rockhampton North - Building 361, 1.22
About Me

I have a practical, hands-on, capability, yet an academic perspective on life. I am very grateful for the ‘free’ education I received, and the enjoyable employment I hold, and am quite driven by a concept that I should ‘pay my way’ with society. Specifically, I believe that my R&D effort should result in a gain to society, and that I should provide practically relevant training to undergraduates and postgraduates. I very much enjoy my current position, working in a space involving both commercial and academic outputs.

Universities Studied At

PhD Queens University Biology Dept, Canada (1988)

BSc Hons University of Qld. Botany Dept (1983)

Masters Queens University Biology Dept, Canada (1985)


Speaker, Citrus Technical 2015: Forum and Field Day.
16-17 March 2015, Mildura, Australia (2015)

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Researchers Excellence in Research Award (2016)

International Society Award for Horticultural Sciences (2002)

The Lyndsey Ann Welsh Award For Innovation in NIR Science (2008)

Opal Awards (Excellence in Engagement), Engaged Research and Innovation (Near Infraread Spectroscopy in Fruit Quality Assessment) (2014)

‘Excellence in Supervision’ Award (CQU Postgraduate Student Organisation) (2006)

Ministry of Agricultural Development (Government of Nepal, Singh Durbar, Kathmandu) (2014)

Media Citations
Professional Experience

BSc hons Uni. of Qld. Botany Dept., 1983 (Nitrogen metabolism of Casuarina)
Masters, Queens University, Biology Dept., Canada, 1985 (The effect of low root temperature on C and N assimilation and partitioning in soybean)
PhD, Queens University, Biology Dept., Canada, 1988 (The role of phloem supply to soybean nodule function)

Professional Memberships

International Society for Horticultural Science

Australian Society of Plant Physiologists

Australian Near Infra-red Spectroscopy Group

Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy


Radiation Safety Officer

Industry Reports

Various articles to Good Fruit and Vegetables

Various articles to Melon News

Walsh, K.B. and Harrison , D. (1997) Nitrogen fixation in sugarcane? Australian Sugarcane 1, 30-31.

Subedi, P. and Walsh, K. (2006) NIR Spectroscopy – How it works for you. NT Horticulturist, 21(2), 14.

Subedi, P. and Walsh, K. (2006) NIR spectroscopy takes guesswork out of picking. NT Horticulturalist 21, 14.


Proceedings of the International Symposia on Abscission Processes in Horticulture and Non-Destructive Assessment of Fruit Attributes (2014)

Special Issue of Post Harvest Biology and Technology (2019)

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Horticultural Production
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
  • Plant Biology

At the level of Mentor Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Checking For Students Supervised
Research Interests
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences

Horticultural Production - Horticultural Crop Growth and Development
The core theme in my career has been the application of (non invasive) instrumentation to issues related to plant performance, and in particular in photosynthate transport - assimilate partitioning ([gas exchange], [transducers], [magnetic resonance imaging], [11C for photoassimilate distribution]). Responding to funding opportunities and industry requirement, I have shifted from an original focus on nitrogen fixation. I am particularly proud of my roles leading multidisciplinary work resulting in the association of a phytoplasma with the papaya dieback disorder, and of my involvement in the near infra-spectroscopy (NIRS)-fruit quality assessment project. However, I believe I am also effective when called upon to participate in a secondary role to a project, bringing a new perspective and skills to bear to the problem.

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