A/PROF Sigfredo Fuentes

A/PROF Sigfredo Fuentes


  • Plant Physiology (Remote Sensing, Climate change, Robotics applied to Agriculture, Computer Programming)
  • Remote Sensing (UAV, Satellite, MAchine learning)
  • Robotics (Agriculture, Food, Animal and Wine Sciences)



  • Dr Fuentes received his undergraduate degrees from The University of Talca in Chile in 1999 and his PhD from the University of Western Sydney in 2006. He later did two Postdoctoral Fellowships at The University of Technology in Sydney (Climate Change, elevated CO2 experiments) and The University of Adelaide (Climate Change, Viticulture) He was appointed as Lecturer in Viticulture at The University of Adelaide in September 2008 until August 2012. He was appointed as Lecturer in Wine Science and Co-ordinator of the Master of Wine Technology and Viticulture at The University of Melbourne in August 2012. His main research and teaching interest confer to the use of state of the art of instrumentation for plant physiology research, such as short range, airborne and satellite remote sensing. Near Infrared Spectroscopy, Infrared Thermography, Sap Flow Sensors. Recent research interests are in the area of computer programs developed for agricultural research and practical applications. Development of new methodologies to assess plant physiology and growth using image analysis and instrumentation. He is the international co-ordinator for The Vineyard of The Future Initiative, which is a multinational colaboration to establish a fully instrumented vineyard for climate change research www.vineyardofthefuture.wordpress.com   


Member of

  • Australian Society of Plant Scientists. Member 2018 -
  • International Society of Horticultural Sciences. Member 2006 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Recent grants include: 
    2012 The University of Adelaide. Chief Investigator. Development of an App for canopy architecture and leaf area index monitoring using smartphones and tablet PCs. Wine2030 funding ($20K). 
    2012 The University of Adelaide. Chief Investigator. Addressing wine industry challenges: Fine-tuning irrigation scheduling using Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. Wine 2030 Funding (15K). 
    2012 The University of Adelaide. Chief Investigator. The Vineyard of the future. Initial WRI funding available (AUD$300K). 
    2009-2010 The University of Adelaide. Chief Investigator. Project title: Cell death in berries: consequences for harvest timing, extractability and grape/wine quality in warm regions. GWRDC. 
    2008-2013 The University of Adelaide. Chief Investigator. Project title: Integrating the carbon and water economies of grapevine for optimal management in challenging environments. GWRDC. 
    2009-2011 The University of Adelaide. Chief Investigator. The impact of vineyard exposure to smoke on vine physiology and the composition of grapes and wine. ARC-Linkage. 
    2006-2008 University of Technology, Sydney. Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Project title: A rehabilitation plan for Castlereagh waste disposal Centre. 
    2005-2008 University of Western Sydney, University of Technology, Sydney, University of New South Wales, Swedish Agricultural University. Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Project title: The Hawkesbury Forest Experiment. The effect of rising CO2 levels and temperature on water use efficiency and carbon accumulation of Australian forests. 
    2004-2007 University of Western Sydney. Plant physiology researcher. Project Title: Unravelling the Links between Plant Transpiration, Soil Water and Nitrate Movement: Impact on High Atmospheric CO2 and Irrigation Strategy on Grapevines. ARC-Linkage.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Western Sydney 2006
  • AgEng, University of Talca 1999
  • BScAg, University of Talca 1999

Awards and honors

  • Teaching Award - Plant Physiology, Australian Society of Plant Scientists, 2019
  • Swain Award 2005 to promote excellence in Postgraduate Research, The University of Western Sydney, 2005



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My Teaching and Research interests are in the area of Plant Physiology, Irrigation Science, Irrigation Scheduling, Remote Sensing, Climate change and technology used for Viticulture and Plant Physiology in general. I am also interested in developing technology and computer programs for scientific research and practical agricultural applications. The implementation of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Agriculture, Food, Animal and Wine Sciences. More information: www.vineyardofthefuture.com https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sigfredo_Fuentes