Xiumei’s PhD integrated knowledge of lucerne crop physiology into the Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator next generation mechanistic model framework to develop and verify a comprehensive lucerne simulation model (APSIM NextGen lucerne model). The model was developed to simulate the growth, development and quality of lucerne cultivars grown under different defoliation management and growth conditions. Xiumei was supervised by Prof. Derrick Moot and was supported in the modelling by Dr Edmar Teixeira from Plant & Food Research.
Xiumei previously worked on forages at Oregon State University before starting at Lincoln where she was a teaching assistant working with Professor Derrick Moot while completing her PhD. Xiumei is currently working with the Dryland Pastures Research Group while publishing papers from her thesis.