Research Leader:  Dr Graeme Allinson 
Principal Research Scientist, DPI, environmental chemist (with expertise in pollution detection)
Contact Details:  Future Farming Systems Research Division, DPI Queenscliff Centre, 2A Bellarine, Highway, Queenscliff 3225


Dr Allinson leads DPI Future Farming Systems Research Division agrochemicals research group– a 5 year, ~$3.5 million program developing and validating new tools for water quality (pesticide, EDC) monitoring (such as LC-MS/MS methods for pesticdes in passive samplers; the yeast two hybrid assay for determination of hormonal activity of natural and wastewaters; ELISA for rapid screening for specific pesticides; calibrating passive samplers), and using current generation passive samplers, biological assays, ELISA, GC-MS/MS/MS, LC-MS/MS, and standard HPLC and GC chemical analytical methods to assess pesticide contamination in Victorian aquatic ecosystems.

Industry Involvement:

Current projects with key CAPIM end users, e.g. Biosecurity Victoria Chemical Standards Branch (developing pesticide risk management strategies; new methods for polar pesticides such as 2,4-D); Melbourne Water (pesticide residue surveys; pesticide residue method development; EDC surveys); Goulburn Murray Water (use of passive samplers to assess trace metal contamination of water supplies); North Central CMA (assessing metal contamination of Upper Lodden and Campaspe rivers); Gippsland Water/West Gippsland CMA (pesticide residues, pilot surveys); Victorian Water Trust (hormones in treated sewage); dairy industry (Dr Allinson was manager of the ‘Closing the Loop’ project (2005-2007) and is currently working with Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Company on wastewater-related research); DHS (developing new chemical analytical methods for algal toxins); international partners (e.g. Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies) developing new methods for current, new and emerging organic micro-contaminants.

Emerging Micropollutants Program Objectives:

To establish, develop and validate (through cross-theme and inter-agency collaboration) new methods for detecting current and emerging organic micro-contaminants in Victoria’s waters (including natural water ways, recycled and other wastewaters)

  • This component will first validate new methods for detecting hormonal activity in effluents and natural waters.
  • The program then focuses on development and testing of new methods for assessment of herbicide and organic pollutant effects.
  • Techniques for organic micropollutants will be field tested at some of the core sites being used in the freshwater identification program and at estuarine sites

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