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.

Tillage treatment plots in Buntine. Debra Donovan

Farmers to improve grain yields by increasing organic matter in soil

Monday, 24 October 2016

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are encouraging farmers in south-western Australia to increase organic matter in soils over the long-term, through a study they published showing it can improve grain yield without substantial increases in greenhouse gas emissions.

Increasing soil organic matter in agricultural soils can increase crop productivity and is a well-known strategy for sequestering carbon dioxide to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. However, it may enhance nitrous oxide emissions.

Chickpea growing in semi-hydroponic system

Novel technique to study root system architecture brings breakthrough in crop production

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

In a world first, researchers from The University of Western Australia and The International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) have published a study that will allow chickpea breeders and researches to develop new chickpea varieties with improved adaptation to target environments.

Daniel Murphy, Frances Hoyle and Chris Gazey

UWA and DAFWA dig deep for soil science alliance

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Soil science researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) have combined their scientific and research capabilities to develop the long-term future of soil science in Western Australia.

Oat is amongst the most important cereal crops in Australia

Super-fast breeding system to double breeding efficiency in cereal crops

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have developed a super-fast breeding system in the cereals oat and triticale, which will help breeders make crop improvements in half the time as conventionally required.

Astrofest

All welcome to stargaze on UWA Farm

Thursday, 8 September 2016

The University of Western Australia’s Farm ‘Ridgefield’, near Pingelly, is welcoming the wider community to explore the night sky at the inaugural Pingelly Astrofest on Saturday, 17 September.

Decoding clover DNA

Decoding clover DNA leads to better livestock productivity

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Western Australian and Japanese scientists have together cracked the genome sequence of the subterranean (sub) clover.

soil

Carbon levels in soil affected by climatic conditions

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia have discovered that hot and dry climatic conditions can limit the organic carbon build up in soil, which can decrease crop productivity and limit measures to offset greenhouse emissions.

Australia home to some of the most ancient soils in the world

Lack of copper in ancient soil regulates nitrification

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and Newcastle University (UK) have discovered copper levels in the soil affect the delicate balance of microbes responsible for soil nitrification, which affects how well crops grow.

Faba Beans Field Walk

Growing legumes the solution to human health and sustainable food production

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Wider consumption of grain legumes is the answer to improving human health and meeting the increasing global demand for food, according to research published in Nature Plants today by The University of Western Australia researchers and collaborators.

Lili Pan, Bryn Davis, Trevor Lucas and Cheryl Kalisch Gordon at UWA forum

ChAFTA’s positive impact on agriculture in the spotlight

Monday, 11 July 2016

The China-Australia’s Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) and its impact on the agriculture industry was in the spotlight at The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture industry forum held on Thursday.

Western Australia’s agricultural exports to China were valued at $1.7 billion in 2014-15, led by barley, wool, canola and wheat, and with numbers set to increase, industry experts came together to tackle how to use the agreement to our best advantage.

Dr Louise Barton receives 2016 PLA research award_Photo Credit PLAWA

UWA Turf Water Allocation Project scores outstanding research award

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Pioneering research into understanding how to best manage green spaces using limited water allocations has been acknowledged for outstanding research achievement at the 2016 Parks and Leisure Australia WA Awards.

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Strong preference for local foods

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Western Australian consumers have a strong preference and willingness to pay for local foods according to a study published by researchers from The University of Western Australia.

Seeds of Life Field Day

UWA takes large steps to eradicate hunger in Timor Leste

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The number of people experiencing hunger in Timor Leste has reduced dramatically thanks to an enormously successful agricultural project led by The University of Western Australia.

Professor Varshney

Researchers one step closer to developing non-allergenic 'super' peanuts

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have joined a global research team that have identified genes in peanuts that when altered will be able to prevent an allergic response in humans.

Maize-faba bean intercropping system in China

Intercropping maize and faba bean: the root of agro-diversity

Monday, 30 May 2016

Growing maize with faba bean enhances ecosystem productivity and has important implications for developing sustainable agriculture, according to research at China Agricultural University, Beijing and The University of Western Australia.

The breakthrough research, recently published in the prestigious journal PNAS, revealed that when faba bean and maize are intercropped, root interactions between the two species boosted faba bean biomass and grain by a staggering 35% and 61%, respectively.