Dr Stephen Milroy
BSc Agr (Hons) PhD

Research Manager - Potato Research WA

About me

  • BSc Agr (Hons) from Sydney University (Major = Horticulture).
  • PhD from University of Western Australia (Crop Science).
  • 1993-2003: Worked at CSIRO (Narrabri, NSW)  in cotton agronomy, simulation modelling and crop physiology
  • 2003-2013: Worked at CSIRO (Floreat, WA) in wheat agronomy and production systems

Research areas

My key interest is the efficient and sustainable production of food and fibre. I enjoy using crop physiology to explore the response of crops to environment and management in a ‘top down’ approach. Current research activities include:

  • Potato agronomy
  • Product quality responses of potato to biotic and abiotic stress

Areas of expertise include:

  • Crop physiology
  • Nitrogen use efficiency
  • Water use efficiency

Current projects

  • Rotation crops for sustainable potato production in the Busselton-Marybrook zone.Funding Agency: South West Catchment Council.
  • Improved quality from calcium management. Funding Agency:Potato Marketing Corporation of WA.

Publications

Journals

  • O'Brien, P., Milroy, S., (2017), Towards biological control of Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea, the causal agent of powdery scab in potato, Australasian Plant Pathology, 46, 1, .
  • Pang, J., Palta, J., Rebetzke, G., Milroy, S., (2015), The influence of shoot and root size on nitrogen uptake in wheat is affected by nitrate affinity in the roots during early growth, Functional Plant Biology: an international journal of plant function, 42, 12, pages 1179 - 1189.
  • Pang, J., Palta, J., Rebetzke, G., Milroy, S., (2014), Wheat genotypes with high early vigour accumulate more nitrogen and have higher photosynthetic nitrogen use efficiency during early growth, Functional Plant Biology: an international journal of plant function, 41, 2, pages 215 - 222.
  • Kamiji, Y., Pang, J., Milroy, S., Palta, J., (2014), Shoot biomass in wheat is the driver for nitrogen uptake under low nitrogen supply, but not under high nitrogen supply, Field Crops Research, 165, , pages 92 - 98.
  • Zhang, H., Berger, J., Milroy, S., (2014), Genotype x environment interaction studies highlight the role of phenology in specific adaptation of canola (Brassica napus) tocontrasting Mediterranean climates, Field Crops Research, 144, , pages 77 - 88.
  • Kirkegaard, J., Robertson, M., Milroy, S., (2014), Improving water productivity in the Australian grains industry - A nationally coordinated approach, Crop and Pasture Science: an international journal for crop and pasture science, 65, 7, pages 583 - 601.
  • Sprigg, H., Belford, R., Milroy, S., Bennett, S., Bowran, D., (2014), Adaptations for growing wheat in the drying climate of Western Australia, Crop and Pasture Science: an international journal for crop and pasture science, 65, 7, pages 627 - 644.

Publications 2009-2014

Journals:

  • Sprigg H, Belford R, Milroy S, Bennett SJ, Bowran D (2014) Adaptations for growing wheat in the drying climate of Western Australia. Crop & Pasture Science 65, 627-644.
  • Kirkegaard JA, Hunt JR, McBeath TM, Lilley JM, Moore A, Verburg K,  Robertson M, Oliver Y, Ward PR, Milroy S, Whitbread AM (2014) Improving water productivity in the Australian grains industry – a nationally coordinated approach. Crop & Pasture Science 65, 583-601.
  • Yoshiaki K, Pang J, Milroy SP, Palta JA (2014) Shoot biomass in wheat is the driver of nitrogen uptake under low nitrogen supply, but not under high nitrogen supply. Field Crops Research, 165, 92-98.
  • Pang J, Palta JA, Rebetzke GJ, Milroy SP (2014) Wheat genotypes with high early vigour accumulate more nitrogen and have higher photosynthetic nitrogen use efficiency during early growth. Functional Plant Biology, 41, 215-222.
  • Broderick R, Bange MP, Milroy SP, Hammer GL (2013) Physiological determinants of high yielding ultra-narrow row cotton: canopy development and radiation use efficiency. Field Crops Research, 148, 86-94.
  • Zhang H, Berger JD, Milroy SP (2013) Genotype x environment interaction studies highlight the role of phenology in specific adaptation of canola (Brassica napus) to contrasting Mediterranean climates. Field Crops Research. 144, 77-88.
  • Milroy SP, Bange MP (2013) Reduction in radiation use efficiency of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) under repeated transient waterlogging in the field. Field Crops Research, 140, 51-58.
  • Roper MM, Milroy SP, Poole ML (2012) Green and brown manures in dryland wheat production systems in Mediterranean-type environments. Advances in Agronomy, 117, 275-313.
  • Broderick R, Bange MP, Milroy SP, Hammer GL (2012) Physiological determinants of high yielding ultra-narrow row cotton: biomass accumulation and partitioning. Field Crops Research, 134, 122-129.
  • Berger JD, Milroy SP, Turner NC, Siddique KHM, Imtiaz M, Malhotra R (2011) Chickpea evolution has selected for contrasting phenological mechanisms among different habitats. Euphytica, 180, 1-15.
  • Palta JA, Chen X, Milroy SP, Rebetzke GJ, Watt M (2011) Large root systems: are they useful in adapting wheat to dry environments? Functional Plant Biology, 38, 347-354.
  • Brodrick R, Bange MP, Milroy SP, Hammer GL (2010) Yield and maturity of ultra-narrow row cotton in high input production systems. Agronomy Journal, 102, 843-848.
  • Moeller C, Asseng S, Berger J, Milroy SP (2009) Plant available soil water at sowing in Mediterranean environments – is it a useful criterion to aid nitrogen fertiliser and sowing decisions? Field Crops Research, 114, 127-136.
  • Ward PR, Whisson K, Micin SF, Zeelenberg D, Milroy SP (2009) Wheat stubble retention on sandy soils has limited impact on evaporation rate. Crop & Pasture Science, 60, 730-737.
  • Milroy SP, Bange MP, Thongbai P (2009) Cotton leaf nutrient concentrations in response to waterlogging under field conditions. Field Crops Research, 113, 246-255.
  • Ludwig F, Milroy SP, Asseng S (2009) Impacts of recent climate change on wheat production systems in Western Australia. Climatic Change, 92, 495-517.

Book Chapter:

  • Asseng S, Milroy S, Basu S, Abi Saab MT (2012) Wheat. In: Studeto P, Hsiao TC, Fereres E, Raes D (eds.) Crop Yield Response to Water, FAO Irrigation and Drainage Paper 66. FAO, Rome. pp 92-100.