The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture has launched a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), on discovering best practice farming for a sustainable 2050.
The MOOC, Discover Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 2050, uses the foundations of UWA’s Future Farm 2050 Project to introduce online students to sustainable agriculture and the many different disciplines needed to tackle the issue of feeding and clothing the world while maintaining the natural resource base.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.