Guest editors


Dr Myrtille Lacoste, Curtin University, Australia
Dr Myrtille Lacoste is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University in Australia (Perth) part of The Pacific Livelihoods Research Group. Her research in Innovation Systems investigates socio-technical gaps to design adaptive and practical change processes aligned with farming realities. She currently works on farmer-centric On-Farm Experimentation (OFE) and on farmers’ knowledge networks, integrating contrasted disciplinary perspectives around the use of digital technologies, the translation of agronomic insights, and the alignments of stakeholders with varied interests. Her expertise built on 15 years working in contrasted RD&E environments across both subsistence and broadacre agriculture.


Dr Isabelle Piot Lepetit, INRAE Montpellier, #DigitAg, France
Dr. Isabelle Piot-Lepetit is a Senior Research Scientist in Economics and Management at INRAE, Montpellier, France. As an applied microeconomist with a specialization in modelling and frontier approaches, especially Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), she undertakes studies dealing with efficiency and productivity measurement and performance benchmarking. Based on her competencies in strategic and organizational management, she carries out empirical research on the integration of decision support tools within multi-business organizations. More recently, her work investigates the adoption and use of digital technologies in food value chains and their impacts on organizational structures and performance. She has over 25 years of experience in research and consulting for public, private, and non-for-profit organizations as well as for the European Commission, OECD, and FAO. Dr. Isabelle Piot-Lepetit is the deputy director of the #DigitAg, the Digital Agriculture Convergence Lab, located in Montpellier, Toulouse and Rennes.


Dr Nicolas Tremblay, International Society for Precision Agriculture, Canada
Dr Nicolas Tremblay is a senior research scientist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and past president of the International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA). He studied the management of vegetable transplants and crop fertilization in both muck (carrot, lettuce) and mineral soils (tomato, broccoli, vegetables for processing). It later focused on diagnoses of nitrogen deficiencies from devices like chlorophyll meter, fluorometers and multispectral sensors. From meta-analysis of trials conducted across Quebec, Ontario and North America, he integrated a rainfall component to the soil and crop management parameters and developed an artificial intelligence-based decision support system for predicting optimal nitrogen rates in corn.



Pr Simon Cook, Murdoch University, Australia
Simon Cook is an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University, Australia (Perth). A strategic thinker and mentor with over 25 years' global experience in agriculture and natural resource management, he first got into digitally-enabled OFE in the early 90s while working for the CSIRO Precision Agriculture research group in Australia. In 2000 he joined the CGIAR to lead international research programs promoting sustainable agriculture in Latin America, Asia and Africa. In 2016 he returned to Australia to set up On-Farm Experimentation within the Centre for Digital Agriculture at Curtin and Murdoch University.