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Chris Russell Medal of Excellence Event & Presentation

Wed 25, Mar 2020


Congratulations to Scott Nevison for winning this medal and representing NSW in the coming AG Institute National Student Event.


Main photo: Left to Right: Dr Turlough Guerin (AG Institute Board Chair, Scott Nevison (2020 winner of the Chris Russell Medal of Excellence), Chris Russell.

Below are the links to the Zoom recording of the Chris Russell Medal of Excellence presentation:

The password for these recordings is: 83kua9M^JpMB

Audio Only (34.55 MB)

Video (148.66 MB)


This prestigious NSW State Award is for undergraduate students who are completing their agriculture, natural resource management and/or animal science studies and are undertaking a research project as part of their studies

A Bachelor of Food Science and Agribusiness graduate, Scott won the award in a well contested final at Australian Technology Park in Sydney last Friday (13th March). With written papers having already been judged, Scott and fellow finalist Jeremy Prananto (Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, University of Sydney) made verbal presentations.

Chris Russell AM welcomed the presenters by highlighting the ever increasing standards reached by todays agricultural graduates, plus the great job opportunities available in the agricultural sector.

The first presenter was Jeremy, who discussed how near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) has the potential to provide a rapid real-time and cheap plant nutrient analysis method that would allow farmers and consultants to be more proactive and efficient in plant nutrient management.

Scott then explained to a captive audience the process by which nanoparticles can deliver genes to plant cells, independent of species type. In summing up, Scott said CRISPR has the potential to greatly improve plant breeding outcomes.

With both presenters deemed excellent by the judges it was a difficult decision, however the final vote went to Scott Nevison.

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