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Published: 3 Nov 2020

Dr Sally Bound

A leader in horticultural research at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is a finalist in the 2020 Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards.

Dr Sally Bound is one of four finalists for the Heather and Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award, with the winner to be announced at a virtual ceremony on 6 November 2020.

Dr Bound is a Senior Research Fellow with TIA and has been an Australian leader in horticultural research for over 30 years. She is recognised internationally as a leading researcher in the use of plant bioregulators and crop manipulation.

Dr Bound works closely with orchardists, industry bodies and agribusiness consultants to ensure her work is relevant and aligned with industry needs and provides practical recommendations.

“I feel very honoured to be named as one of the four finalists for the award,” Dr Bound said.

“I am really passionate about the work that I do and thoroughly enjoy working with growers to help the horticulture industry continue to thrive.

“I also get a lot out of teaching young horticulturalists and agricultural researchers. It is inspiring to connect with the next generation of Tasmania’s perennial horticulture sector.”

Dr Bound provides technical information and advice to orchardists and industry groups throughout Australia, conducting workshops, seminars, orchard walks and training courses across the country to help industry make the most of cutting-edge horticultural research on crop management and sustainable soil management and is regularly invited to speak at industry workshops and conferences.

Her work has made a significant impact on the horticulture industry in Australia, helping to reduce chemical use in orchards and provide valuable insight into the impacts of pruning, thinning, shading, spur extinction and other cultural practices on fruit quality to help commercial growers increase fruit quality without additional costs.

Dr Bound has been instrumental in the development of an expert system to provide best practice advice to industry on crop regulation in apples.

“This work has been taken up by the Australian apple industry and is now main-stream practice in management of crop load in apple, used by Tasmania’s 60+ apple growers and many of mainland Australia’s 550 apple producers,” Dr Bound said.

Some of her other achievements include developing recommendations that became the basis for registration for the natural plant hormone, 6-benzyladenine, as a post-bloom thinner of apples and pears, and establishing recommendations for use of ammonium thiosulphate and potassium thiosulphate as blossom thinners for apples, pears and stonefruit, which are used Australia wide.

Dr Bound currently leads projects at TIA looking at sterile codling moth and improving the soil health and plant nutrition of Australian apple and pear orchards, alongside research to develop smarter and sustainable pear orchards and agri-tech solutions for the Australian Apple Industry.

In 2020 she also supervised four Honours students and three PhD candidates.

In addition to her work in the field of agriculture, Sally has a long history of active involvement and leadership in community sporting organisations, including gymnastics and taekwondo.

Starting as a parent volunteer at Hobart Gymnastics Academy Inc. from the mid 1990’s, she served on the management committee from 1999 through to 2010. After also gaining coaching accreditations in three disciplines and one judging qualification she took on coaching leadership in the recreational gymnastics side of the club’s programs.

In taekwondo, her development and implementation of a national referee course and development pathway has given taekwondo referees in all states access to a standardised course and a progression pathway within refereeing. She mentors new and developing referees and provides support and guidance to referees and athletes. In addition to refereeing, Sally has been a qualified taekwondo coach for 25 years.

Dr Bound was the recipient of the Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) Excellence Award in 2018, acknowledging her contribution and commitment to the Australian apple and pear industry. She was also a finalist in the 2019 Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award.

The Heather and Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award applauds high achieving individuals who excel in their profession or chosen field of endeavour whilst still finding to time to assist others.

These individuals are at the forefront of accomplishment, whether in sport, art, culture, leadership, community involvement, academia or career and are also making a real difference in the community.

The Outstanding Achiever Award pays tribute to talented and dedicated high achievers.