Dr Andries Potgieter

Senior Research Fellow

Centre for Plant Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
a.potgieter@uq.edu.au
+61 7 4529 4217

Overview

Dr Andries Potgieter is a Senior Research Fellow at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) at the University of Queensland. He currently leads and mentor a team of researchers in the areas of seasonal climate forecasting, remote and proximal sensing with applications in the development of crop production outlooks and less risk prone cropping systems across Australia, producing highly cited publications.

With over 25 years of experience, Dr Potgieter’s main research interest is in the complex integration of remote sensing technologies, spatial production modelling, climate forecasting systems at a regional scale. In particular, his interest targets agricultural research that enhances the profitability and sustainability of spatial production systems through a better understanding of the linkages and interactions of such systems across a range of spatial (e.g. field, farm, catchment, national), and temporal (i.e. seasons to decades) scales. He is a leader in the field of quantitative eco-physiological systems modelling and has successfully built up a national and international recognised research profile with strong linkages to industry (farmer groups, insurance, seed companies and bulk handlers of commodities) and domestic and national agencies (State governments, ABARES and ABS) as well as international linkages with Ag-Food Canada, Maryland University, USDA, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) including the UN and FAO.

Recent research projects

  • Spatial and image analysis modelling specifically, phenotyping of sorghum breeding plots through drones and pheno mobile platforms (funded by ARC Centre of Excellence in Translational Photosynthesis)
  • Regional commodity forecasting and crop area estimates for winter and summer crops across the main broad cropping region of Australia (partially funded by QLD Government & ABARES)
  • Development of a model to predict and determine the Genetic by Environment characterization of Late Maturity Alpha Amylase (LMA) risk across Australia (GRDC funded)

Other research

  • Benchmarking and developing of novel metrics for the Insurance industry for hedging farmer’s risk against crop failures due to water stress within a shire)
  • Determining crop water stress within the thermal – crop canopy space at field scale.)
  • Determining of food insecure “hotspots” for the SIMELSA project that provided a baseline analysis to help identify highly vulnerable regions across eastern Africa and listing of relevant and actionable issues of potentially high impact for research, development and increased investment.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Southern Queensland

Publications

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Publications

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Potgieter, Andries, Watson, James, Jordan, David, Hammer, Graeme, Chapman, Scott, Laws, Kenneth, McLean, Greg, Barbara George-Jaeggli, Holland, Edward and Eldridge, Mark (2016). Field phenotyping of sorghum breeding plots through proximal sensing. In: 5th International Controlled Environment Conference (AusPheno 2016), ANU, (). 18-23 September, 2016.

  • Watson, James, Potgieter, Andries, Holland, Edward, Jordan, David and Hammer, Graeme (2016). The design and implementation of a high-throughput data pipeline for an agricultural proximal sensing platform. In: eResearch 2016, Melbourne, (). 10-14 October, 2016.

  • Potgieter, A. B., Rodriguez, D., Power, B., Mclean, J. and Davis, P. (2014). Seeing is believing I: the use of thermal sensing from satellite imagery to predict crop yield. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium of Digital Earth (8th ISDE) 2013. ISDE 2013: The 8th International Symposium On Digital Earth, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, (012118.1-012118.8). 26-28 August 2013. doi:10.1088/1755-1315/18/1/012118

  • Potgieter, Andries, Hammer, Graeme, Rodriguez, David, Doherty, Alastair, Davis, Peter, Power, Brendan and Book, Peter (2013). Forecasting the major crops for Australia and crop yield insurance: an integrated climate, biophysical and remote sensing approach. In: René Gommes and François Kayitakire, The Challenges of Index-Based Insurance for Food Security in Developing Countries: Proceedings of a technical workshop organised by the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI, Earth Institute, Columbia University). The Challenges of Index-Based Insurance for Food Security in Developing Countries: A Technical Workshop organised by JRC & IRI, Ispra Varese, Italy, (101-110). 2-3 May, 2012. doi:10.2788/713

  • Potgieter, Andries, Rodriguez, Daniel, Davis, Peter and Dimes, John (2013). From information to actionable knowledge: hotspots of food insecurity in Eastern Africa. In: René Gommes and François Kayitakire, The Challenges of Index-Based Insurance for Food Security in Developing Countries: Proceedings of a technical workshop organised by the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI, Earth Institute, Columbia University). The Challenges of Index-Based Insurance for Food Security in Developing Countries: A Technical Workshop organised by JRC & IRI, Ispra Varese, Italy, (120-127). 2-3 May 2012. doi:10.2788/713

  • Potgieter, Andries (2013). Sorghum yield trends in NE Australia are high. In: ASGC 2013: Australian Summer Grains Conference, Ashmore, QLD, Australia, (). 17-19 June, 2013.

  • Stephens, David, Potgieter, Andries, Doherty, Al, Davis, Peter and Nunweek, Mike (2012). Climate change severely affects wheat yield trends across southern Australia, whereas sorghum yield trends surge. In: Capturing Opportunities and Overcoming Obstacles in Australian Agronomy: Proceedings of 16th Agronomy Conference 2012. 16th Australian Agronomy Conference 2012, Armidale, NSW, Australia, (). 14-18 October 2012.

  • Potgieter, Andries, Mallawaarachchi, Thilak and Ross, Helen (2012). Determining cropping patterns and intensities through the use of multi-temporal MODIS imagery for the Murray-Darling Basin, Queensland Australia. In: IPRS 2012 abstracts. XXII International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Congress, Melbourme, Australia, (). 25 August - 1 September 2012.

  • Mulugetta, M., Dimes, J, Dixon, J., Potgieter, A., Prasanna, B., Rodriguez, D., Shiferaw, B. and Wall, P. (2011). The sustainable intensification of maize-legume farming systems in eastern and southern Africa (SIMLESA) program. In: World Congress on Conservation Agriculture 2011 Papers. 5th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture and Farming Systems Design, Brisbane, Australia, (1-5). 26-29 September 2011.

  • Doherty, Alistair, Rodriguez, Daniel, Andries Potgieter and Sadras, Victor (2008). A national benchmark for the Australian wheat industry: accounting for overlooked climate drivers. In: Murray Unkovich, Global Issues, Paddock Action: Proceedings of the 14th Agronomy Conference 2008. 2008 14th ASA: The 14th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (). 21-25 September, 2008.

  • Potgieter, Andries, Doherty, Alistair, Crimp, Steven, Rodriguez, Daniel, Hammer, Graeme L., Meinke, Holger and Fearweather, H. (2008). Shire scale impacts and adaptation options for Australian cereal crops affected by climate change. In: Murray Unkovich, Global Issues, Paddock Action: Proceedings of the 14th Agronomy Conference 2008. 2008 14th ASA: The 14th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (). 21-25 September, 2008.

  • Kokic, Philip, Nelson, Rohan, Meinke, Holger, Potgieter, Andries and Carter, John (2007). From rainfall to farm incomes - Transforming advice for Australian drought policy. I. Development and testing of a bioeconomic modelling system. In: International Expert Team Workshop on Impact of Climate Change/Variability and Medium- to Long-Range Predictions for Agriculture, Brisbane, Australia, (993-1003). 15-18 February 2005. doi:10.1071/AR06193

  • Potgieter, A., Apan, A., Hammer, G. L. and Dunn, P. (2005). Spying on the winter wheat crop - generating objective planted area and crop production estimates using modis imagery. In: Proceedings of SSC 2005 Spatial Intelligence, Innovation and Praxis: The national Biennial Conference of the Spatial Sciences Institute. National Biennial Conference of the Spatial Sciences Institute, Melbourne, Vic, (1-5). September 2005.

  • Potgieter, Andries, Meinke, Holger and Doherty, Alastair (2004). Likely impact of climate change on wheat and sorghum production in central Queensland. In: New directions for a diverse planet: Proceedings for the 4th International Crop Science Congress. The 4th International Crop Science Congress, Brisbane Australia, (). 26 September – 1 October 2004.

  • Hammer, G. L., Potgieter, A. and Strahan, R. (2003). The reliability of supply of feed grains in the northern region. In: C.J. Birch and S.R. Wilson, Fifth Australian Maize Conference Proceedings. Versatile Maize - Golden Opportunities, City Golf Club, Toowoomba, (120-126). 18-20 February, 2003.

  • Meinke, H., Pollock, K., Hammer, G. L., Wang, E., Stone, R.C., Potgieter, A. and Howden, M. E. (2001). Understanding climate variability to improve agricultural decision making. In: Australian Agronomy Conference. Australian Agronomy Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, (). January, 2001.

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