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David Midmore


Areas of interest

  • Major personal emphasis on sustainable resource management as it relates to agriculture and horticulture.
  • Catchment scale erosion studies, and links with economics and policy.
  • Enhanced water use efficiency in irrigated and rain-fed cropping systems, development of cropping systems for optimum water use and re-use of 'waste' water at the household and community level.
  • Ecological services of grazing, cropping, agroforestry and community forestry systems.
  • Demand chains for minor crops, with a focus on Asian vegetables, natural sweeteners, minor use of pesticides, integrated pest management.
  • Modelling of within-plant competition for nutrients and impacts on development.
  • Bamboo agronomy and utilization.
  • Urban and peri-urban agriculture.
  • Agricultural development (with emphasis on SE Asia).
  • Land reclamation following polluting activities.


  • Plant/environment interactions
  • Crop physiology
  • Tropical horticulture
  • Sustainable horticulture.

Research centres and groups

  • The World Vegetable Center, Taiwan
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Technical University of Munich [Freising]
  • University of Philippines, Los Banos
  • James Cooke University, Australia
  • CQUniversity, Australia

Research projects

  • Green roof-tops and self-sufficient food production
  • Optimising delivery and benefits of aerated irrigation water
  • Further development of the Stevia rebaudiana natural sweetener industry
  • Opportunities for high protein fruit producing with low quantities of water
  • Reducing salinity in waste waters
  • Carbon footprints in horticulture
  • Selected publications

    Dang Thanh Ha, Le Van Du, Le Thanh Loan, Nguyen Kim Loi, Nguyen Duc Thanh, Pham Hong Duc Phuoc, David Midmore, Delia Catacutan, Manuel Palada, Manuel Reyes, Rebecca Cajilig, Karika Kunta and Samran Sombatpanit (eds) 2011. Vegetable Agroforestry and Cashew-Cacao Systems in Vietnam. Special Publication No. 6a, World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC), Beijing, China and the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya. 247 pp.

    Xinming Chen, Jay Dhungel, Surya P Bhattarai, Manouchehr Torabi, Lance Pendergast, David J Midmore (2011). Impact of oxygation on soil respiration, yield and water use efficiency of three crop species. Journal of Agricultural Science [In press].

    Bhattarai, S.P., Palada, M.C., Midmore, D.J., Wu, D. And Salas, R. (2011). On-farm evaluation of fertilizer briquettes and low cost drip irrigation system for smallholder vegetable production in Cambodia. Irrigation and Drainage [DOI: 10.1002/ird.571] 12 pp.

    Subhash Hathurusingha, Nanjappa Ashwath, David Midmore (2011). Provenance variations in seed-related characters and oil content of Calophyllum inophyllum L. in northern Australia and Sri Lanka. New Forests. 41, 89-94.

    Karuna Shrestha, Pramod Shrestha, Eric M. Adetutu, Kerry B. Walsh, Keith M. Harrower, Andrew S. Ball and David J. Midmore(2011) Characterisation of microbially enhanced extracts of composted rumen content waste. Bioresource Technology. [In press].

    Surya P. Bhattarai, David J. Midmore, Ninghu Su (2010). Sustainable irrigation to balance supply of soil water, oxygen, nutrients and agro-chemicals. In: Biodiversity, Biofuels, Agroforestry and Conservation Agriculture. Sustainable Agriculture Reviews 5: 253-286.

    Qureshi, M.S., Midmore, D., Syeda, S.S. and Reid, D.J. (2010). A comparison of alternative plant mixes for conservation bio-control by native beneficial arthropods in vegetable cropping systems in Queensland Australia. Bulletin of Entomological Research. 100, 67-73.

    Midmore, D.J. (2010). Review of 'Rainfed Agriculture: Unlocking the Potential' Edited by S.P Wani, J Rockstrom and T. Oweis, CABI Wallingford, UK. Experimental Agriculture. 46: 115.

    Kaur, K., Midmore, D.J. and Jalota, R. (2010). Soil respiration rate and its sensitivity to temperature in pasture systems of dry-tropics. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B - Plant Soil Science. 60 (5), 407-419.

    Sharma, A., Harrower, K., Ashwath, A. and Midmore, D. (2010). Policy interventions needed to manage bacterial build-up in municipal effluent irrigated agroforestry plantations. International Journal of Environment and Pollution. 13: 253-268.

    Midmore, D.J. (ed.) (2009). Silvicultural management of bamboo in the Philippines and Australia for shoots and timber. ACIAR Proceedings No 129. Canberra, Australia. 144 pp.

    Yang, Z. and Midmore, D.J. (2009) Self-organisation at the whole-plant level: a modelling study. Functional Plant Biology. 36: 56-65.

    Bhattarai, S.P., de la Peña, R.C., Midmore, D.J. and Palchamy, K. (2009). In-vitro plant regeneration through immature seed culture for rapid generation advancement in tomato. Euphytica 167: 23-30.

    Qureshi, M.S., Midmore, D.J., Syeda S. and Reid D.J. (2009). Pyriproxyfen controls silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius), biotype B (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) (SLW) better than buprofezin in bitter melons Momordica charantia L. (Cucurbitaceae). Australian Journal of Entomology 48: 60-64.

    Bhattarai, S.P., Midmore, D.J. andPendergast, L. (2009). Oxygation effect on growth, gas exchange, water relation and salt tolerance of vegetable soybean and cotton in a saline vertisol. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 51 (7): 675-688.

    Midmore, D.J. (2009). Optimising inputs for production of bamboo shoots and timber. Agricultural Science 21 (3): 20-27.

    Bhattarai, S. P. and Midmore, D. J. (2008). Effect of oxygation with respect to dripper depths on yield and water use efficiencies of soybean and pumpkin in vertisols, pp. 243-257. In: K. Palanisami, B. R. Neupane and M. Thangarajan (Eds.). Ground Water Quality and Environment. Macmillan Publication, India.

    Zhu, G.X., Midmore, D.J., Doughton, J.A., Cupitt, D.A. and Lever, T. (2008)

    Factors contributing to the benefits of foliar nitrogen application for wheat in a sub-tropical winter environment. Journal of Crop Improvement. 21(1): 55-78.

    McHugh, A.D. Bhattarai, S.B. Lotz, G. and Midmore, D.J. (2008). Soil erosion and off-site movement of nutrients and pesticides from furrow and subsurface drip irrigated cotton on a vertisol. Agronomy for Sustainable Development. 28: 507-519.

    Smith N.J.C., Zahid D.M., Ashwath N. and Midmore D.J. (2008). Seed ecology and successional status of 34 tropical rainforest cabinet timber species for farm forestry from Queensland. Forest Ecology and Management. 256: 1031-1038

    Bhattarai, S.P., Midmore, D.J. andPendergast, L. (2008). Yield, water use efficiencies and root distribution of soybean, chickpea and pumpkin under different subsurface drip irrigation depths and oxygation treatments in vertisols. Irrigation Science. 26: 439-450.

    Kele, B., Midmore, D.J., Hood, B. and McKennariey, B.J. (2008). Large on-site wastewater treatment and reuse systems for commercial applications. Water and Environmental Management Series. Eds., K. Mathew, S. Dallas and G. Ho. Fremantle, IWA Publishing: 35-43.

    Kele, B., D. J. Midmore, K. Harrower and B. Hood (2008). The Impact of Limiting Factors in a Recirculating Wastewater Treatment System. Water and Environmental Management Series. Eds., K. Mathew, S. Dallas and G. E. Ho. London, IWA: pp. 153-162.