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Dr. Robert Norton

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54 Florence Street
Horsham VIC 3400, Australia
At the end of 2017 I retired fom the position of IPNI Regional Director for Australia and New Zealand, after 8 years and also nearly 30 years lecturing and researching in agronomy at The Unviersity of Melbourne. On retirement I have established the consultancy business "Norton Agronomic" which will act on IPNI's behalf in the region in the short term.

I hold the position of an Associate Professor (Honorary) in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science, The University of Melbourne where I continue with graduate student supervision. In my work at the University of Melbourne in Horsham I led projects on climate change, nutrition, agronomy, alternative grain crops and farming systems. I also led a climate change project in China and have hosted scientists from India, China, the USA, Canada, Spain and Iran on visits to Australia, and visited and worked in China, India and Canada.


BAgrSc - The University of Melbourne 1975
Dip Ed - The University of Melbourne 1976
PhD - La Trobe University 1993

Awards & Recognition

Fertilizer Australia - Reconition Award for contribitions to the fertilizer industry (2017)

GRDC - Recognising and Rewarding Excellence (2017)

Fertcare Certificate of Recognition (October 2013).

Member, GRDC Regional Cropping Solutions (Southern region, high rainfall, 2012 to present).

Board member and Inaugural Chairperson, Incitec Pivot Fertilizer Agronomy Community (April 2011).

Fellow of the Crop Improvement Society of India (awarded February, 2011)

Fertcare Level C Accredited

Honorary Associate Professorial Position, Melbourne School of Land and Environment (2009 to present)

Special Studies Leave, University of Manitoba, Canada (2006).

GRDC Travel award to attend 11th International Rapeseed Congress, Denmark and study tour to Spain (2003).

VCAH Foundation - Travelling award for oilseeds study tour to Canada (1997).

Longerenong College Student Representative Council, Award for Excellence in Lecturing (1994)

Professional Service

2014-present Chair eXtension Crop Nutrition community of practice.

2013-present Member GRDC High Rainfall Zone Regional Cropping Solutions Network.

2013-present - ASPAC Fertcare Committee (Chair)

2010-present Regional Advisory Committee GRDC Updates.

2009-present - Honorary Associate Professor (Agronomy), Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The Unvivesity of Melbourne.

2009-2017 present Regional Director, Australia and New Zealand, International Plant Nutrition Institute.

2015-2017 - Secretary of the Australian Society of Agronomy.

2014-2017 - Organizing committee for International Nitrogen Initiative conference 2016.

2014 - Organizing committee National Soil Science Australia conference

2005-2007 Director, Joint Centre for Crop Innovation (University of Melbourne/Victorian Department of Primary Industries).

2002-2009 Principal Lecturer (Agronomy) – Department of Agriculture and Food Systems, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, The University of Melbourne, based at Grains Innovation Park Horsham.

1993-2001 Principal Lecturer (Agronomy) and Deputy Head of Campus, Longerenong College, The Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture (later Institute of Land and Food Resources).

1986-1993 Agronomy Lecturer, Longerenong College (PhD part-time), Victorian College of Agriculture and Horticulture.

1984-1986 Acting Senior Lecturer, Longerenong College, Victorian College of Agriculture and Horticulture.

1981-1984 Lecturer (Plant Sciences), Longerenong Agricultural College, Victorian Department of Agriculture (from May 26, 1981).

1981 (part) Secondary teacher, Balmoral High School, Victorian Education Department.

1980 Share Farming, Minyip, cereals and wool.

1977-1979 Secondary Teacher, Donald High School, Victorian Education Department.

Selected Publications

Redden R, Zong X, Norton R, Stoddard F, Maalouf F, Seid K, El Bouhsseini M, Tao Y, Rong L, Li Ling 2018. Efficient and sustainable production of faba bean. In Sivasankar, S. et al. (ed.), Achieving sustainable cultivation of grain legumes Volume 2: Improving cultivation of particular grain legumes, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, UK (ISBN: 978 1 78676 140 8;

Fernando N, Hirotsu N, Panozzo J, Tausz M, Norton R, Seneweera S. 2017. Lower grain protein content of wheat at elevated CO2 can be improved through post-anthesis NH4+ supplement. Journal of Cereal Science. 74, 79-85.

Norton RM, vanderMark E 2016. Nitrogen performance indicators for southern Australian grain farms. Proceedings of the International Nitrogen Conference, (Ed J Angus), Melbourne Australia, December 2016.

Nakandalage N, Nicolas M, Norton RM, Milham PJ, Seneweera S. 2016. Improvement of Zinc malnutrition through rice biofortification: Genetic and environmental approach. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7, 764.

Norton RM 2016. Nitrogen management to optimise canola production in Australia, Crop and Pasture Science 67(3), 419-438.

Hao X, Li P, Han X, Norton RM, Lam SK, Zong Y, Sun M, Lin E, Gao Z. 2016. The effects of free-air CO2 enrichment (FACE) on N, P, K uptake and utilization of soybean at northern China, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 218-219, 261-266.

Nakandalage N, Nicolas M, Norton RM, Milham PJ, Seneweera S. 2016. Improvement of Zinc malnutrition through rice biofortification: Genetic and environmental approach. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7, 764.

Norton R, Bruulsema T, Robert T, Snyder C. 2015 Crop nutrient performance indicators. Agricultural Science, 27 (2), 33-38.

Norton R, Davidson E, Roberts T. 2015. Nitrogen use efficiency and nutrient performance indicators. Global Partnership on Nutrient Management, Technical Paper 1/2015. 16 pp.

Dietterich LH, Bloom AJ, Carlisle E, Fernando N, Fitzgerald G, Hasegawa T, Holbrook NM, Huybers P, Kloog I, Leakey ABD, Nelson RL, Norton R, Ottman MJ, Raboy V, Sakai H, Sartor KA, Schwartz J, Seneweera S, Usui Y, Yoshinaga S, Zanobetti A, Myers SS. 2015. Impacts of elevated atmospheric CO2 on nutrient content of important food crops, Scientific Data, 2, Article Number 150036. doi:10.1038/sdata.2015.36

Norton RM 2015. Phosphorus use and future supply. Agricultural Science, 27 (1), 63-65.

Fixen P, Brentrup F, Bruulsema T, Garcia F, Norton R, Zingore S. 2015. Nutrient/fertilizer use efficiency: measurement, current situation and trends. In. Drechsel, P., Heffer, P., Magen, H., Mikkelsen, R., Wichelns, D. (Eds.) 2015. Managing Water and Fertilizer for Sustainable Agricultural Intensification. International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA), International, Water Management Institute (IWMI), International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), and International Potash Institute (IPI). Paris, France. p 8-37.

Lam SK, Norton RM, Armstrong RD, Chen D. 2014. Increased microbial activity under elevated [CO2] does not enhance residue decomposition in a semi-arid cropping system in Australia Soil Biology and Biochemistry 72, 97-99.

Fernando N, Panozzo J, Tausz M, Norton RM, Fitzgerald GJ, Myers S, Nicolas ME, Seneweera S. 2014 Intra-specific variation of wheat grain quality in response to elevated [CO2] at two sowing times under rain-fed and irrigation treatments, Journal of Cereal Science, doi: 10.1016/j.jcs.2013.12.002

Fernando N, Panozzo J, Tausz M, Norton RM, Neumann N, Fitzgerald G, Seneweera S. 2014. Elevated CO2 alters grain quality of two bread wheat cultivars grown under different environmental conditions. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 185, 24-33.

Conyers MK, Bell MJ, Wilhelm NS, Bell R, Norton RM, Walker C. 2013. Making better fertilizer decisions for cropping systems in Australia (BFDC): knowledge gaps and lessons learnt. Crop and Pasture Science, 64, 539-547.

Norton RM. 2013. Agronomic Practices and Input-use efficiency. In “Combatting climate change, An agricultural perspective”. (MS Kang, S Banga, eds). CRC Press, Florida, USA. p 109-129.

Lam SK, Chen D, Norton R, Armstrong R, and Mosier AR. 2013. Influence of elevated [CO2] and supplementary irrigation on greenhouse gas emissions from a spring wheat crop in southern Australia. Journal of Agricultural Science, Cambridge. 151, 201-208.

Norton RM. 2012. Sulfur nutrition and food security. In (De Kok, L.J., Tausz, M., Hawkesford, M.J., Höfgen, R., McManus, M.T., Norton, R.M., Rennenberg, H, Saito, K., Schnug, E. and Tabe, L. (eds.)) Sulfur metabolism in plants: Mechanisms and application to food security, and responses to climate change. Springer, Netherlands. p185-202.

Fernando N, Panozzo J, Tausz M, Norton R, Fitzgerald G, and Seneweera S. 2012. Rising atmospheric CO2 concentration affects mineral nutrient and protein concentration of wheat grain. Food Chemistry, 133, 1307-1311.

Lam SK, Chen D, Norton R, Armstrong R, and Mosier AR. 2012. Nitrogen dynamics in grain crop and legume pasture systems under elevated CO2: A meta-analysis. Global Change Biology 18, 2853-2859.

Seneweera S, and Norton RM. 2011. Plant Response to increased carbon dioxide In (ed SS Yadav, B Redden, J Hatfield, H Lotze-Campen) Crop Adaptation to Climate Change. John Wiley & Sons Inc, Iowa. p 198-211.

Officer SJ, Armstrong RD, and Norton RM. 2009. Plant availability of liquid phosphorus fertiliser is maintained under soil moisture deficit in non-calcareous soils of south eastern Australia. Australian Journal of Soil Research 47, 103-113.

Mollah M, Norton RM, and Huzzey JE. 2009. National free-air CO2 enrichment facility at Horsham Australia for grain crops: design and performance Crop and Pasture Science, 60 (8), 697-707.

Jochinke DC, Noonan BJ, Wachsmann NG, and Norton RM. 2007. The adoption of precision agriculture in an Australian broadacre cropping system – challenges and opportunities. Field Crops Research 104, 68-76.

Norton RM, and Wachsmann NG. 2006. Differences in crop water use in southeastern Australia. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research, 57, 257-267.

Ryan MH, Norton RM, Kirkegaard JK, McCormick KM, Knights SE, and Angus JF. 2002. Increasing mycorrhizal colonisation does not improve growth or nutrition of wheat on crop growth or nutrition on Vertosols in south-east Australia. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research, 53, 1173-1181.

Peoples MB, Bowman AM, Gault RR, Herridge DF, McCallum MH, McCormick KM, Norton RM, Rochester JJ, Scammell G, and Schwenke GD. 2001. Factors regulating the contributions of fixed nitrogen by pastures and crop legumes in different farming systems of eastern Australia. Plant and Soil, 228 (1):29-41.