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Biographical entry Winks, Robert Gordon (1937 - )

23 January 1937
Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia


Entomologist Dr Bob Winks worked with the CSIRO and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries researching grain storage insect infestations between the 1960s and the 1990s. In the 1980s he began researching the use of phosphine as an insecticide, engaging with the problem that phosphine is toxic to humans as well as insects. His work determining levels of toxicity resulted in a new method of phosphene fumigation which was named SIROFLO®. The technology quickly became the major grain 'protection' and disinfestation method used in both vertical silos and horizontal storages in Australia. SIROFLO® was successful in trials in 1983 and 1985 saw its first commercial installation.



Education - Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland
1961 - 1963
Career position - Entomologist with Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock
1963 - 1967
Career position - Entomologist within the Commonwealth Department of Primary Industry
1967 - 1970
Career position - Senior research position in the Entomology Laboratory, Queensland Department of Primary Industries
Award - Awarded a CSIRO Postgraduate studentship tenable at the Silwood Park Field Station of the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London
Education - Diploma of the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London
1973 - 1987?
Career position - Research Scientist, Stored Grain Research Laboratory of the CSIRO Division of Entomology
Education - PhD from the University of London
1987 - 1997
Career position - Section Head of CSIRO Stored Grain Research Laboratory (SGRL), Division of Entomology

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