Dr Donald Irving

Adjunct Associate Professor - Institute for Rural Futures (IRF)


Dr Irving has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Science, University of Adelaide and has extensive teaching, research training and research experiences in postharvest management and plant physiology.

Since 2008, he has worked as a Research Horticulturist at the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries based in Yanco, NSW and served as the research team leader for the postharvest component for two ACIAR sweetpotato projects in PNG, led by Associate Professor Christie Chang.

Prior to that, he was a Lecturer at the Postharvest Horticulture, School of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Queensland, Gatton from 1999 to 2007. He taught horticulture science and postharvest horticulture to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and supervised a numerous number of honours, coursework masters, and Ph.D. students.

From 1992 to 1998, Dr Irving was a Postharvest Scientist at the New Zealand Institute for Crop & Food Research Ltd. Palmerston North, New Zealand. From 1985 to 1992, he was a Scientist at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Levin Horticultural Research Centre, Levin, New Zealand.


  • GCEd Higher Education, University of Queensland 2002
  • Ph.D Agricultural Science, University of Adelaide 1984
  • M.Sc Botany, University of Auckland 1979
  • B.Sc Botany, University of Auckland 1977