Dr Sophie Parks obtained her PhD in plant nutrition at the University of Western Sydney in 2000 and is currently a Research Scientist at the NSW Department of Primary Industries, located at Ourimbah NSW. She is also a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle supervising several research students investigating the production and processing of two Asian vegetables, gac (Momordica cochinchinensis) and bitter melon (Momordica charantia). Dr Parks has 20 years research and development experience as a plant physiologist working on the effects of production systems, including hydroponic and greenhouse systems, on crop nutrition, yield, and the quality and food safety of vegetables. Dr Parks also has a strong interest in developing new crops for controlled environment horticulture in Australia and has evaluated a range of leafy Asian vegetables and fruits in hydroponic and greenhouse systems. More recently, she has been investigating blueberries as a greenhouse crop.