Right now, thousands of workers live outdoors in tiny wooden sheds in Australia, even though their labour is valued at $6 billion in this country alone. They are vegetarians who neither eat fruit, nor veggies, but help produce the meat we eat.
Curious? The humble honey bee is a workforce to be reckoned with and this Sunday is your chance to find out all about them, as Western Australia plays its part in National Honey Month.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has designated The University of Western Australia’s Agriculture Chair, Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique the Special Ambassador for Pulses 2016 at a ceremony in Marrakesh, Morocco.
China’s rapidly changing diet has ramifications not only for the supply of land and water, but also for energy supplies and greenhouse gas emissions, according to research at The University of Western Australia.
Yield gaps in rainfed crops remain large enough to suggest considerable scope for increasing prevailing yields at the farm level, according researchers at The University of Western Australia.
Adjunct Professors Walter Anderson and Chris Johansen, and Professor Kadambot Siddique from The UWA Institute of Agriculture critically reviewed the rainfall-limited potential yields and the gap between actual or average yields of cereal and grain legume crops.
Two agricultural science PhD students from The University of Western Australia were awarded the Mike Carroll Travelling Fellowship at a ceremony on Thursday, 25 February.
The Mike Carroll Travelling Fellowship is a memorial to the late Dr Mike Carroll, who was associated with the WA Department of Agriculture for over 20 years, serving as Director-General from 1990 to 1994.
Plant biologists at The University of Western Australia have discovered that the commonly used antibiotic ciprofloxacin, which kills bacteria, also kills plants by blocking the DNA copying machinery of the plants.
A five-year project led by researchers from The University of Western Australia to improve food and nutritional security has exceeded expectations by delivering a 45% increase in lentil production over five years.
Led by Professor William Erskine from UWA’s Centre for Plant Breeding and Genetics, and Institute of Agriculture, the five-year project was funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to revitalise pulse production in Bangladesh without affecting rice cropping.
A study into gravel soils by researchers at The University of Western Australia may help farmers growing crops on soils with high gravel content optimise the amount of fertiliser they apply.
The glasshouse study found that the concentration of phosphorus in the matrix of gravel soils from residual and applied fertiliser had a greater effect on wheat growth, than the total amount of phosphorus in the pot.
Once the world’s largest individual wheat grower, the late Sir Eric Smart would have been proud to see a scholarship in his name help two agricultural science students from The University of Western Australia conduct research into improving the productivity of wheat.
A Research Fellow from The University of Western Australia has spoken at the United Nations Headquarters in New York about how her research will play a role in tackling the Global Goal of “zero hunger”. The goal is to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.
The warming of the Antarctic Peninsula could see the number of types of soil fungi in the Antarctic region increase dramatically by up to 25 per cent by the end of the century, according to research carried out by a team of British and Australian scientists.
Five agricultural science undergraduate students at The University of Western Australia have excelled in the 2015 Australian Universities Crop Competition held in New South Wales last week.
Third-year students Mr Jaxon Carter, Mr Luke Edwards, Ms Grace Williams, Ms Danelle Manning and Mr Nick Eyres represented UWA at the three-day competition, and placed third amongst university teams from across Australia and the United States.
More undergraduate students are choosing to major in agricultural science at The University of Western Australia compared with three years ago.
Director of The UWA Institute of Agriculture, Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique, said all enrolled students had the opportunity to study key issues related to global agriculture, which helps prepare students for employment in a rapidly changing world.
Australia can move from a ‘mining boom’ to a ‘dining boom’ according to talks yesterday between The University of Western Australia’s Perth USAsia Centre and former Indonesian President His Excellency Professor Doctor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Agricultural clearing and drains installed by farmers to lower water tables and manage salinity are inadvertently impacting waterways in one of the largest and most botanically significant regions in Australia, according to new research from The University of Western Australia.
A new international study involving researchers from The University of Western Australia has found that carbon dioxide (CO2) has a positive effect on producing organic material at low temperatures in the Arctic Ocean, but that this effect disappears once temperatures increase.