Bringing a piece of Brazil to Cowra Research Station

PhD student Carolina Naves Aroeira and Tharcilla Alvarenga from NSW DPI.
PhD student Carolina Naves Aroeira and Tharcilla Alvarenga from NSW DPI.

Recently NSW DPI at the Cowra Research Station welcomed PhD student Carolina Naves Aroeira.

Carolina is undertaking her study at the University of São Paulo, Piracicaba and is the fourth PhD student from Brazil to spend time with NSW DPI scientists at the Centre for Red Meat and Sheep Development. 

For her study, Carolina has been investigating the detection of the growth promoter ractopamine, which is used extensively in pig production in Brazil.

She has developed an improved method of detection in animal tissues which is designed to enhance current detection methods.

During her time in Cowra Carolina’s plan is to improve her scientific writing skills and to write a review paper on the use of growth promoters in farmed animals with a critical appraisal of the benefits and disadvantages and to assess new methods of detecting these substances in animal tissues.  

Senior Principal Research Scientist Dr David Hopkins says, “our team works with a number of students who come to further their experience and to learn more about the process of designing experiments, analyzing data and preparing scientific papers”.

These students also contribute to the R&D program of the team and also enrich us with their various cultures and work alongside our Australian students, increasing cross-cultural exchange.  

The Centre will welcome a student from China in 2019.

Interestingly another former PhD student, Tharcilla Alvarenga, has returned to Cowra, but as an employee of NSW DPI.  

Tharcilla completed her PhD at the University of Lavras, Brazil and conducted part of her studies in Australia in conjunction with the Cowra team.  

She has been working in the meat science field in Australia and recently has taken up a temporary position as a Development Officer.

In this role she will work with the scientists at Cowra and other sites assisting in the transfer of knowledge from current R&D projects of the extensive livestock unit with focus on the value chain and contributing to the wider animal science program of the Centre.