Dr Nachimuthu (Guna) joined NSW Department of Primary Industries in 2014 replacing Dr Nilantha Hulugalle at the Australian Cotton Research Institute (ACRI), Myall Vale NSW. He manages one of the longest rotation trials in the cotton industry that was started by Dr Greg Constable in the 80s.

Over the past 3 years Guna’s productivity has led to collaborative links with universities (UNE, USYD) and interstate government agencies (DAFF) as well as publishing his research in refereed journals. He has contributed to the industry speaking at field days, meetings and conferences. Guna exudes enthusiasm and has built respect within the scientific community. His co-authors are industry leaders and have great respect for Guna and his expertise.

His innovation in the industry has been the development and installation of furrow irrigation sampling techniques to quantify carbon losses. He has raised awareness of carbon losses to various levels of the industry through scientific publications, grower field days and conferences. Guna’s desire to reduce carbon losses through long term rotation trials is encouraging to the industry. He is a valuable asset to the cotton industry and will continue to make an impact due to his high standard of work, enthusiasm and determination.