Prof Siddique receives Global Research Leadership Award

UWA Professor recognised for global leadership in agriculture research

Monday, 18 September 2017

The University of Western Australia’s Hackett Professor of Agriculture Kadambot Siddique has been recognised on the international stage for his global contribution to dryland agriculture.

Stephen Powles

Plant scientist first Australian to win top American award

Thursday, 14 September 2017

The University of Western Australia’s internationally recognised authority on herbicide resistance in plants, Professor Stephen Powles, has won the American Chemical Society International Award for Research in agrochemicals.

Barley with improved resistance to drought can be developed

Breakthrough in drought resistant barley

Thursday, 24 August 2017

An international team including researchers from The University of Western Australia have made a significant breakthrough in the development of drought resistant barley.

Brassica Sclerotinia Resistance Crosses in Himalyas

Resistance to major fungal disease in oilseed crops now possible

Friday, 18 August 2017

In a world first, researchers from The University of Western Australia in collaboration with Punjab Agricultural University in India have found the key to resistance to Sclerotinia stem rot, a major fungal disease in Brassica oilseed crops globally.

Maxime Corral image

Antimalarial drugs offer a smorgasbord of new herbicides

Thursday, 29 June 2017

A team of plant biologists and chemists from The University of Western Australia in collaboration with staff from chemical company BASF have used the surprisingly close relationship between plants and malarial parasites to turn a molecule developed for possible malaria treatment into a new herbicide.

Dane Glenn examines roots grown in compacted soils

Engineering solutions manage agricultural soil compaction

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have published research that gives a new perspective on soil compaction management, a concern that costs WA’s agriculture industry an estimated $330 million per year.

Heavy agricultural machinery can compact surface soil, restricting crop and pasture root growth. This in turn can lead to other effects such as water erosion, dryland salinity and waterway degradation.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Dawn Freshwater signs agreement with ICAR

Lentils can beat the heat

Monday, 19 June 2017

Screening of lentil genotypes by a global team, including researchers from The University of Western Australia has revealed some significant traits in lentils that will allow the important grain legume to endure increasing global temperatures.

UWA partners Ausplow Farming Systems to optimise seeding performance

Friday, 9 June 2017

The University of Western Australia has entered a research and development partnership with Ausplow Farming Systems to improve crop yields and machine performance.

Ausplow will test various configurations of their DBS D260-36 matched to a 6000 litre Drawbar mounted Airseeder for seeding in the wide-ranging landscapes at UWA Farm Ridgefield, the University’s 1600 hectare farm near Pingelly.

Professor Rajeev Varshney inspecting grain of  a breeding line of pigeonpea deve

Scientists unlock potential of globally significant grain legume crop

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Scientists from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), The University of Western Australia and seven institutions globally have re-sequenced 300 lines of pigeonpea in a breakthrough that will provide food and nutritional security across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Ryan Lister

Leading epigenome researcher earns international acclaim

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The University of Western Australia’s Professor Ryan Lister is one of 41 scientists worldwide to be appointed a prestigious International Research Scholar by the US-based Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

Prof Guijun Yan, Prof Jacqui Batley, Prof Dave Edwards and Dr Helen Liu

UWA’s international partnership to enhance global wheat yields

Thursday, 27 April 2017

The University of Western Australia has been awarded a major grant to improve wheat production, in response to rising global demand for food in a changing and variable climate.

The Australian Government will invest $995,724 for this four year project, with an additional $1,552,081 contributed by global partners.

Dr Owen Duncan

Wheat genome decoded to enhance food security

Thursday, 20 April 2017

University of Western Australia researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology have published the most comprehensive analysis of a wheat genome as part of a United Kingdom-led consortium. The new sequencing of the bread wheat genome, led by the Earlham Institute, identified complete sets of genes and proteins essential to important agronomic traits.

Wheat plants infected by pathogen

Pathogen uses light to facilitate invasion of wheat plant

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Researchers at The University of Western Australia in collaboration with The Australian National University have discovered the deadly fungus Parastagonospora nodorum invades wheat plants by producing a herbicide compound (elsinochrome) which kills plant cells when they are exposed to light.

Pea in maze

Study reveals plants 'listen' to find sources of water

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A study led by The University of Western Australia has found plants have far more complex and developed senses than we thought with the ability to detect and respond to sounds to find water, and ultimately survive.

Grain production and food security in China

Grain production and food security in China

Thursday, 6 April 2017

China must balance its grain production in the Northern and Southern regions if it wants to maintain food security and environmental sustainability, according to a study published by researchers from Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University in China and The University of Western Australia.

Innovations in dryland agriculture

New book tackles global dryland agriculture challenges

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Agricultural scientists from The University of Western Australia have published a book on innovations in dryland agriculture that will help develop environmentally sustainable and profitable food production systems in Australia and globally.

Bread wheat pangenome uncovered

Researchers find the dark matter of the bread wheat genome

Monday, 6 March 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have identified 21,000 new genes in bread wheat.

The discovery is a big step forward in the continued improvement of bread wheat, which provides roughly one fifth of the world’s food.

Professor David Edwards from UWA’s School of Biological Sciences and Institute of Agriculture led a team in assembling the pangenome of bread wheat. The pangenome includes all the genes for a species rather than a single individual.

Katharina Belt

Tiny mutation makes plants less resistant to stressful conditions

Friday, 24 February 2017

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have identified a tiny mutation in plants that can influence how well a plant recovers from stressful conditions, and ultimately impact a plant’s survival.

Dr Lei Li and Harvey Millar

Teaching plants to be better spenders

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Energy is an all-important currency for plants, and scientists from The University of Western Australia have now calculated the cost of one of their biggest expenses. The knowledge could be a key to creating more energy efficient crops.     

Non-stressed wheat growing in glasshouse

A novel avenue for breeding drought-tolerant wheat

Monday, 23 January 2017

New insight into how different wheat varieties respond to drought, published by researchers from The University of Western Australia, shows a novel avenue for breeding drought-tolerant wheat.