Australian Pulse Conference

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In the International Year of Pulses the Australian Pulse Conference aims to heighten awareness of pulses in sustainable food production to deliver food security and nutrition; and to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges of growing and delivering quality Australian pulses.  The three day Australian Pulse Conference has been recognised as a Global Pulse Confederation’s 2016 International Year of Pulses Signature Event.

Day one is research focussed, with keynote speaker internationally respected crop physiologist and agronomist Dr Vincent Vadez, ICRISAT.  Day two is industry focused and will begin with a session on harnessing both public and private research to increase global pulse production.  Professor Bert Vandenberg, University of Saskatchewan, Canada will be the guest speaker for this session.   

An International Year of Pulses (IYP) symposium will conclude day two.  Mr Murad Al-Katib , President and Chief Executive Officer of global pulse company AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. is the IYP symposium keynote speaker.  The session will examine the IYP themes of market access and stability, functional and nutritional advantages of pulses and innovative pulse products, and using pulses in sustainable farming systems.  A panel of pulse experts will present and facilitate an interactive forum exploring future opportunities for the Australian pulse industry to wrap up the IYP symposium.

Uniquely day three is a field day open to both conference delegates and the local pulse industry, providing an opportunity to examine Australian pulse research as it occurs. An array of pulse research and demonstration trials will be presented including  pulse variety demonstrations and disease, agronomy , plant nutrition, plant growth regulator, herbicide tolerance development and farming systems trials.  




The Australian Pulse Conference is proudly supporting the International Year of Pulses 2016 as a Global Signature Event. For more information please visit

Conference Program

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Conference Presentations

Day 1 Presentations - Monday 12 September RESEARCH FOCUS



Feed the farm: optimising pulse performance in diverse agro-ecological environments

Vincent Vadez

Linking research disciplines for a more targeted and efficient breeding of legume cultivars for harsh farming environments.   

Victor Sadras

 Understanding and quantifying the drivers of seed yield in pulses.


Peter Hayman

Managing pulses in a variable and changing climate. 

Jens Berger

Building the base: widening the genetic & adaptive diversity of chickpea. 

Liz Farquharson

A report card on the N2-fixation of field pea in southern Australia. 

Larn McMurray

Herbicide tolerance to enhance pulses contribution to the farming system. 

Application of molecular techniques for breeding efficiency

Tony Slater

Application of advanced technologies for pulse improvement through an initiative called PulseBio. 

Rebecca Ford

Structure of the Australian chickpea ascochyta blight population and rist to resistant cultivars. 

Matthew Rodda

Validation and implementation of lentil molecular markers for boron tolerance and ascochyta blight resistance. 

Murray Sharman

Detection methods for virus diseases of pulse crops in Australia. 

Brett Williams

Tropical pulses for Queensland. 

Phenotyping for biotic and abiotic stresses

Kirsty Owen

When good pulses turn bad: root-lesion nematodes in the northern grain region of Australia.

Audrey Delahunty

Screening for genotypic heat tolerance in lentil.

Rosalind Bueckert

Leaf and canopy traits for heat resistance in field pea.

Mark Norton

Stratified soil pH reduces faba bean nodulation and production potential.

Lachlan Lake

Negative association between chickpea response to competition and crop yield: phenotypic and genetic analysis.

Day 2 Presentations - Tuesday 13 September INDUSTRY FOCUS



Feed the world: harnessing breeding research to increase global pulse production

Bert Vandenberg

Flexibility in breeding to adapt to changing environmental and market conditions.

Jeff Paull

History and successes of Pulse Breeding Australia.

Rex Williams

Research innovations transform mungbeans into "moneybeans".

Sam Gourley and Ted Knights

History and development of chickpea in the northern region.

Kristy Hobson

Developing medium to large seeded kabuli chickpeas with early maturity, improved yield and Ascochyta blight resistance for Australian growers.

Jason Brand

Opportunities for faba beans in the low rainfall zone Mallee.

Jon Clements

Yield progress and trait variation among Australian narrow leafed lupin cultivars from 1967 to 2016.



Examining the production, trade and consumption of pulses for a sustainable and healthy future.

Tim McGreevy


Murad Al-Katib 

(presented by Peter Wilson)

International pulse trade and impact of international trends for the Australian pulse industry.

Ron Storey

Finger on the market pulse.

Michelle Broom

Global food and nutrition trends driving pulse consumption.

Hannah Avery

Technical advantages of pulses in foods for nutritive value.

Darryl Bartelen

Pulses in sustainable farming systems.

Brad Coleman



Conference Venue 

The two conference presentation days will be held at the Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall, 26 Fitzroy Street, in the Tamworth CBD. 


Field Day

Due to wet weather the Field Day will be held in the Tamworth Town Hall (conference venue) not in the field.

The day will commence at 9am and will include scheduled presentations, morning tea and lunch.

The day is expected to conclude shortly after lunch

Please contact Michaela Stevens, conference secretariat, on 0448 075049 for more information.

Key Note Speakers

Bert VandenbergAlbert Vandenberg 

Department of Plant Sciences/Crop Development Centre University of Saskatchewan NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Genetic Improvement of Lentil Albert Vandenberg leads the lentil genetic improvement program at the University of Saskatchewan. He has been actively conducting research on genetics and breeding of lentils since 1983. During that time Saskatchewan lentil production expanded from 10,000 ha to 2 million ha (2016 projected). The lentil crop is now a cornerstone pulse crop for sustainable and profitable agriculture on the Canadian prairies. Canada is now the world’s largest producer (almost 50%) supply and exporter (80%) of lentils, a food that is expanding in per capita consumption around the world. Dr. Vandenberg is engaged in multi-disciplinary research on lentil with collaborators around the globe. In 2013 he received the Global Pulse Industry Award for Excellence from CICILS-IPTIC, the peak body for the world’s pulse crop industry.

Vincent Vadez

Vincent Vadez
Vincent Vadez is a crop physiologist and agronomist, initially trained as an engineer. Prior to ICRISAT, he has worked for four years with a Bolivian lowland indigenous group to understand and measure the socio-economic drivers of deforestation and of new farming technology adoption. This was an enriching experience that showed him that beyond technologies, there are people with a say. Before that he did research on symbiotic nitrogen fixation at the University of Florida on drought in soybean, at CIAT Colombia on low soil P in bean, and at the National University of Singapore on low soil P in Acacia. 

At ICRISAT his group works on the genetic and mechanistic deciphering of plant traits, and of trait-environment interactions, contributing to drought adaptation of both cereals and legumes species. His research has also contributed a quantum leap in the approach to understand the role of roots in drought adaptation. For that he developed a large lysimetric platform (LysiField) for a direct, precise, rapid, in-vivo assay of water extraction ( to tackle the functionality and highly dynamic nature of roots (rather than destructive root measurements). Recently he developed another large platform (LeasyScan) combining the lysimetric approach of Lysifield to 3-D scanning of the crop canopy, to phenotype water-use traits to decipher their genetic basis. This part is supported by crop simulation modeling to characterize main stress scenarios and predict trait and agronomic management effects on yield across time and geographical scales, in order to combine trait assessment and field evaluations targeted to representative scenarios.



Murad Al-Katib, is the President and CEO and a Board member of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. Murad completed his Masters from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan, before working in international trade promotion for the Government of Saskatchewan. In 2001, he founded Saskcan Pulse Trading, providing the nucleus for AGT and growing the company to a world leader in value-added pulses, staple foods and ingredients with revenues exceeding $1.4 billion in 2014, customers in over 100 countries and with 41 manufacturing facilities on 5 continents. 

Murad has served on the Boards for the CSCA, Pulse Canada, as the Chair of the Advisory Board for Small and Medium Enterprise for the Canadian Minister of International Trade and as a panel member for the Government of Canada’s renewal of Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy. Currently, Murad serves on the Advisory Committee for the Review of the Canada Transportation Act for the Minister of Transport and is the current Chair of the Regina Regional Opportunities Commission. 

Murad has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the 2004 Ernst and Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, Canada's “Top 40 under 40” by the Globe and Mail in 2005, and being named to PROFITGuide Magazine’s list of the “30 Most Fabulous Entrepreneurs of the Past 30 Years” in Canada. In 2012, Murad received a Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, complementing his award of a Queen’s Saskatchewan Centennial Medal given in 2006 as well as the 2012 Pulse Promoter Award from BASF and the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers. As well, in 2012, Murad led AGT to its second Saskatchewan Business of the Year ABEX Award. 

With his varied experience at AGT, Murad has proven himself to be a strong financial and strategic business thinker, able to anticipate and mitigate the risks in international trading and commodities.

* In the event that Murad is precluded from travel he has advised the conference organisers that the CEO of AGT Foods Australia, Peter Wilson, will deputise.

Registration are now closed for the conference


For any enquiries regarding the Australian Pulse Conference please contact the Conference Secretariat, Michaela Stevens, on

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Please note that conference registration does not include accommodation and all delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation.

A large range accommodation is available in Tamworth, including 3 to 4.5 star motels, hotels, serviced apartments and B&Bs. The list below provides the details of the ten accommodation providers that are located closest to the conference venue. The conference will be held at the Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall, 26 Fitzroy Street in Tamworth’s CBD.


Accommodation Provider

Approximate Distance from Conference Venue

Phone Number


CH on Peel


02 6766 7260

City Sider Motor Inn


02 6766 4777

Best Western Sanctuary Inn


02 6766 2903

Ibis Styles Tamworth


02 6765 8361

Quality Hotel Powerhouse Tamworth


02 6766 7000

Ashby House Motor Inn


02 6762 0033

Motel Grande


02 6765 4444

Roydons Motor Inn


02 6765 7355

The Roseville Apartments


02 6765 3644

Cadman Motor Inn


02 6765 3333



For a complete listing of all accommodation in Tamworth please visit the accommodation page on Destination Tamworth website. Click here

Contact: For any enquiries regarding the Australian Pulse Conference please contact the Conference Secretariat, Michaela Stevens,


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