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UWA Institute of Agriculture

Premier's Science Awards

Strong showing of UWA finalists in Premier's Science Awards

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Three eminent researchers from The University of Western Australia have been named among the finalists for the 2014 Scientist of the Year to be announced at the Premier's Science Awards on 21 August during National Science Week, Australia's largest annual celebration of science.

Brenda Coutts

National recognition for UWA research student

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

A PhD student, whose research on plant viruses has resulted in advances in the potato industry, has been named Researcher of the Year by one of Australia's peak grower industry bodies.

PhD student Arif Watto

Measuring efficiency on Pakistan’s cotton farms

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Research by a PhD student from UWA's School of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Institute of Agriculture could help achieve greater efficiency in the farming of cotton, Pakistan's most important agricultural commodity.

Mark Murphy conducting research near Kulin

Wheatbelt bee and wasp networks may signal global change

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Social networking is a buzz phrase right now, but a young researcher at The University of Western Australia is more interested in bee and wasp networks in the wheatbelt - and one offshoot of his work will be a greater knowledge of the native pollinators and pest-controllers operating in farming landscapes.

Co-operative decade ahead for new UWA research unit

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The newly formed Co-operative Enterprise Research Unit (CERU) at The University of Western Australia Business School will assist co-operative enterprises in Australia and worldwide realise their social and economic potential during the Co-operative Decade.

Adjunct Professor John Hamblin

Blast from the past gives wheat a boost

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Half a century after conducting a plant experiment as part of his undergraduate Honours project, Adjunct Professor John Hamblin from The University of Western Australia's Institute of Agriculture (IOA) expects to see very positive results in 2015.

Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique AM FTSE

UWA people honoured at Western Australian of the Year awards

Monday, 2 June 2014

The University of Western Australia's Professor Kadambot Siddique, whose mission is to ‘feed the world', and UWA arts, law and economics student - and football umpire - Timothy Lefroy have been named winners in the Western Australian of the Year awards.

R. solani on lupin

Solving the puzzle of a clever fungus

Friday, 30 May 2014

Scientists from the CSIRO and UWA's Institute of Agriculture (IOA), with financial aid from the Grains Research and Development Corporation, have sequenced the genome of a strain of the common fungus Rhizoctonia solani and found some surprising results.

Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique AM, FTSE

UWA links to finalists in West Australian of the Year Awards

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Graduates, staff members and students from The University of Western Australia have been recognised as finalists in this year's Western Australian of the Year Awards, which will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday 30 May at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Canola testing

Plant researchers sow seeds of major disease breakthrough

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Breakthrough research carried out by The University of Western Australia and scientists in India and China has established that oilseed varieties resistant to the devastating fungal disease Sclerotinia can be bred readily.

Researcher finds Pink Lady apples better for you

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Flavonoid-rich apples such as Western Australia's Pink Lady can provide greater health benefits than other varieties, according to joint research by The University of Western Australia and Department of Agriculture and Food.

Water-saving innovations in Chinese agriculture

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Scientists from China, Australia and Canada have published a critical review of China's freshwater shortage and associated agricultural production and environmental issues.

Horizon Scholarship recipients Cameron Broun and Alana Martin

Horizon Scholarship to groom two new UWA students for a future in agriculture

Friday, 2 May 2014

Two students from The University of Western Australia who hope to build careers in sustainable agriculture are among 16 first year students across Australia to receive a 2014 Horizon Scholarship from the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).

Sign of disease and pathogen growth in plants not protected by BABA

Green vaccination: boosting plant immunity without side effects

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

A team of international researchers has uncovered a mechanism by which plants are able to better defend themselves against disease causing pathogens.

Associate Professor Alex Gardner

Drying climate leads to push for water law reform

Friday, 28 March 2014

Despite the Water Corporation's heavy investment in desalination, groundwater replenishment and changes to groundwater management, important water law reforms are required to respond to pressure from climate change and population growth on the State's invaluable groundwater resources, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Associate Professor Ramin Rafiei

National innovation award for ground-breaking water stress sensor

Thursday, 6 March 2014

An engineering researcher from The University of Western Australia has won an Australian Government science and innovation award for young people in agriculture to develop an intelligent sensor which will help detect water stress in grapevines in real time.

Joanna Vincent and Jean-Paul Hobbs at the Fulbright Awards ceremony

Fulbright Scholarships awarded to three from UWA

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

An internationally recognised plant nutrition expert, an Arts/Law graduate and a postdoctoral fellow from The University of Western Australia have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships for 2014, joining an elite worldwide group that includes Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners in its ranks.

Assistant Professor Matthias Leopold

What's critical about the earth's outer skin?

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have established the first Critical Zone Observatory in the southern hemisphere joining an international think tank to learn more about the earth's outer skin.

Field peas

Imaging technology used to class grains and food

Friday, 21 February 2014

Scientists from The University of Western Australia are developing rapid and non-destructive ways to assess the quality of food that will deliver significant benefits to industry.

A disease detection workshop

Project to assess whether we're going against the grain in training

Monday, 20 January 2014

Crop disease costs Australia millions of dollars every year and threatens Western Australia's annual yield of 11 million tonnes of wheat worth $2.8 billion. Researchers at The University of Western Australia believe they can lower the risk if they teach farmers and farm consultants, or agronomists, how better to recognise a problem in their crops as soon as they see it. Ninety per cent of WA farmers consult an agronomist.