My role in the department
Angelo conducts research in pasture agronomy, developing new pasture legume cultivars and species. He works with growers to increase the sustainability of the medium and low rainfall mixed farming zone of southern Australia by developing new cost effective systems to establish pasture legumes and addressing key constraints such as weed management and soil fertility.
Angelo was part of the team that developed the twin and summer sowing technologies. This method dramatically reduces the cost of pasture establishment, offers a reliable pasture establishment and provides a longer potential growing season.
For most of his professional career (25 years), Angelo has studied the complexity of the southern Australian mediterranean farming systems and provided ways to improve its sustainability. He has been very active in sourcing and collecting annual pasture legumes and their root-nodule bacteria for potential roles in WA agriculture since 1993. This has included several collection missions in the Mediterranean Basin. He was responsible for the domestication and selection of new species to world agriculture - biserrula, eastern star clover, bladder clover and Lotus ornithopodioides.
- Dryland Legume Pasture Systems project funded by Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Grains Research and Development Corporation, Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation
- National and International Pasture agronomy extension
- BS in Agriculture with Honours, University of Sassari - Italy
- PhD Plant Science – University of Western Australia