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.

Laura Boykin

UWA scientist wins prestigious senior TED Fellowship

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

 

A research scientist from The University of Western Australia with a mission to increase food security in East Africa has been named the first Australian-based Senior TED Fellow in the history of the program.

Dr Michael Considine

Plants need oxygen for more than just survival

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have published cutting-edge evidence that oxygen plays a much bigger role in the development of plants than was previously thought.

2016 International Year of Pulses

Food drive for Global Pulse Day

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture is collecting pulses such as tins of chickpeas, beans or dried lentils to help Western Australians in need.

 The food drive is being held in conjunction with Global Pulse Day on Wednesday, 18 January 2017. All donations will go to Foodbank WA to provide nutritious meals to struggling Australians.

Professor Wallace Cowling

Bringing genes back from the wild for rapid crop improvement

Monday, 28 November 2016

An international team of researchers from The University of Western Australia, University of New England, the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre, Norway, and the Pig Research Centre, Denmark have developed a revolutionary plant breeding system which will enable breeders to access valuable genes that have been lost through modern breeding programs.

Prof Dave Edwards and team assemble the Brassica Pangenome

Breakthrough in genetics advances Brassica crop improvement

Friday, 11 November 2016

An international team of researchers led by The University of Western Australia have made a major breakthrough in understanding the important crop plant Brassica oleracea.

The research, published today in the leading journal Nature Communications has implications for breeding crops with improved nutritional benefits and disease resistance.

Dr Moyassar Aziz analyses root system architecture of wheat varieties

Breeding wheat for yield has improved water and nutrient-use efficiency

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Five decades of breeding for yield in Australian wheat has given researchers from The University of Western Australia some interesting insights into root systems, and how efficiently they take up nitrogen and water from the soil.

Improvements in grain yield are associated with higher nitrogen uptake, and thanks to research supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), we now know the mechanism of how this is achieved.

Dr Andrew Guzzomi

Seed flamer wins at WA Innovator of the Year

Thursday, 3 November 2016

A new tool that makes native seeds easier to handle has won researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority a top prize at the 2016 WA Innovator of the Year awards.

IOA Annual Research Report 2015

The UWA Institute of Agriculture releases Annual Research Report 2015

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

The UWA Institute of Agriculture released its Annual Research Report 2015 to the agriculture industry and scientific community today.

It is the ninth annual report since The UWA Institute of Agriculture (IOA) was re-established, and provides an overview of how IOA is serving agriculture and the management of natural resources through research, education and training in a regional, national and international context.