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Ninth Australasian Conference of Grassland Invertebrate Ecology


- April 2016, Sydney

The ACGIE conference focused on the biology, ecology and management of both pest and beneficial invertebrates in native and introduced grasslands including pastures, pasture/crop rotations and turf.

Established in 1974, the 2016 Australasian Conference on Grassland Invertebrate Ecology brought together researchers, practitioners and industry representatives from Australia and New Zealand to explore the latest research in the field.

The 9th Conference was hosted by the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at the historic Hawkesbury campus of Western Sydney University.

The campus is nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains and has been a hub of agricultural research and training since 1891.

Grassland research, in particular, has featured prominently at the site with modern Australian grasses first used and developed on the Hawkesbury campus in the 1920s.

The Conference was held from Monday 4th to Thursday 7th April 2016 and included a half day field trip to The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.

Frontiers Journal Edition

Visit the special edition of Frontiers In Plant Science. Last submissions to the conference edition are due by April 30 2016.

Accepted publications from the conference will be compiled into a formal Conference Proceedings and will be listed here.

Find out more here...

Conference Awards

Thank you to everyone for submitting abstracts and presenting talks and posters.

The prize for Best Talk was awarded to HIE student Adam Frew for his presentation "Siliceous saviour of sugarcane: silicon alleviates negative impacts of belowground herbivory under elevated atmospheric CO2"

Photographic Competition Winners

The Best Photograph in the category "Grassland Invertebrates" was awarded to Ms Dilani Kasundara Hettiarachchi for her image entitled 'Searching'.

The Best Photograph in the category "Invertebrate Ecology At Work" was awarded to Mr James Ryalls for his image entitled 'Magnified Pea Aphid'.

A Selection Of Photographic Competition Entries

  • Awkward moments - can't get a tea break.
    Image by James Ryalls.

  • Awkward moments - guarding the bridge.
    Image by James Ryalls.

  • Awkward moments - I was writing on that.
    Image by James Ryalls.

  • Mined madness.
    Image by Kirk Barnett.

  • H. arator.
    Image by Kirk Barnett.

  • The "Mummy".
    Image by Ruth Wade.

  • Lovely looking, so colourful and calm.
    Image by Derrick Wilson.

  • Investigating climate change ecology.
    Image by Ruth Wade.

  • Look what I found eating thistles.
    Image by Dilani Kasundara Hettiarachchi.

  • Ecology At Work
    Image by James Ryalls.

Tour And Social Program

With tours of the EucFACE and HIE field sites, and a coach tour to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, the ACGIE's social program was enjoyable and provided a wonderful background to the conference themes.


Selected Photographs From The Tours and Social Programs.

  • Delegates at the DRI-GRASS site.

  • Dinner at the Harvest Restaurant, Sebel Hawkesbury

  • Dinner at the Harvest Restaurant, Sebel Hawkesbury

  • Dr Alison Popay and Ian from the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens.

  • At the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens.

  • Guests tour the EucFACE experiment.

Organising Committee

The ACGIE conference organising committee is:


The Hawkesbury Foundation of Western Sydney University

The ACGIE committee is grateful for support and funding assistance provided by the Hawkesbury Foundation of Western Sydney University.

The Hawkesbury Foundation has generated more than ten million dollars in support for activities on the Hawkesbury campus, enabling our students to realise excellence in postgraduate study through awards such as the annual F.G. Swain and E.A Southee Awards.

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Contact Us

Get In Touch With Us

For any enquiries, please contact Ms Jenny Harvey on +61 2 4570 1432.

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For all enquiries about the Ninth Australasian Conference of Grassland Invertebrate Ecology, please contact the Conference Organising committee headed by Dr Scott Johnson on

Enquiries: +61 2 4570 1432

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