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UWA Institute of Agriculture

Dr Laura Boykin

TED Fellowship for Australian computational biologist

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Passionate and engaging Australian researcher Laura Boykin has been named as the only Australia-based TED Fellow for 2015.

Wheat affected by wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV)

Breakthrough in understanding wheat virus epidemics improves control options

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Critical new understanding of the disease cycle of a wheat virus will help farmers around the world protect their wheat crops from a devastating disease and major yield losses.

Associate Professor Louise Barton

Strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must be financially attractive

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Incorporating a grain legume in a two-year cropping rotation decreased greenhouse gas emissions from wheat production, according to a study by researchers from The University of Western Australia.

Mark Loquan, Yara Pilbara CEO (left) and UWA Vice-Chancellor Prof Paul Johnson

UWA teams with Yara for free agricultural course

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Students around the world will be able to enrol for a free six week online course on Agriculture, Economics and Nature thanks to a sponsorship arrangement between Yara Pilbara and The University of Western Australia.

Mary-Anne Lowe and Fraser Stewart

Smart legacy in agriculture continues

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Two science honours students at The University of Western Australia - one from Toodyay and the other from Bunbury - have achieved their goals of contributing to Australian agriculture having been awarded the Sir Eric Smart Scholarship for Agricultural Research through UWA's Institute of Agriculture.

The jujube fruit or Chinese date

Chinese wonder fruit genome to aid world fruit breeding

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The jujube fruit or Chinese date, known for its outstanding properties has been sequenced for the first time by a researcher from The University of Western Australia in collaboration with colleagues in China.

Professor Ryan Lister

Medicine and agriculture to benefit from work of UWA's Australian Life Scientist of the Year

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A young scientist whose work at The University of Western Australia has the potential to improve our understanding of the human brain, transform stem-cell medicine and revolutionise agriculture has been awarded a Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.

Professor Peter Klinken

UWA showcases research strengths in Shanghai

Monday, 20 October 2014

The University of Western Australia's new EZONE engineering zone, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and the 1600-hectare Farm Ridgefield are among the university's research facilities to be showcased at a special event in Shanghai this Friday.

Assistant Research Professor Hossein Saberi

Enhanced tolerance to ion toxicities improves wheat yield in WA

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have identified ways for farmers in medium-to-high rainfall areas of the WA grain belt to increase wheat yield.  Their breakthrough may have implications for other important grain crops in WA, such as barley and canola.

WUN delegates

UWA commits to sustainable farming

Monday, 29 September 2014

The University of Western Australia and a group of leading international organisations has agreed to work towards developing a plan for the sustainable management of ruminant livestock through a global network of model farms  known as the ‘Global Farm Platform'.

Monica Kehoe

New research provides understanding that helps control legume viruses

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Farmers in south-west WA will be pleased to find out that a PhD candidate from The University of Western Australia has made significant advances in our understanding of major plant pathogen Bean yellow mosaic virus (BYMV).

Professor Matthew Nelson holding canola flower

Canola flowers faster with heat genes

Thursday, 21 August 2014

A problem that has puzzled canola breeders for years has been solved by researchers from The University of Western Australia - and the results could provide a vital breakthrough in understanding the impact of increasing global temperatures on crop flowering.

Winthop Hall Undercroft

UWA climbs higher in world rankings

Friday, 15 August 2014

In just 12 months, The University of Western Australia has climbed three places in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, to be placed at 88th in the world.

Professor Kadambot Siddique and team

World’s largest drought resistance experiment on chickpeas under way at UWA

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Researchers from The University of Western Australia's Institute of Agriculture are conducting the world's largest chickpea experiment on drought resistance.

Professor Jacqueline Batley

Australian agriculture builds on world expertise

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

One of the world’s leading institutes for agricultural research has just added another international expert to its stable of scientists working to breed more resilient crops and increase Australia’s primary industry competitiveness.

Keynote speaker Terry Hill, of DAFWA

Record numbers at The UWA Institute of Agriculture's Industry Forum

Thursday, 7 August 2014

The University of Western Australia's Institute of Agriculture (IOA) has hosted its largest Industry Forum since the annual event began eight years ago.  The packed presence was largely to do with currency of the topic ‘Potential for food production in northern Western Australia'.

Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique, Mahmudur Rahman and Professor William Erski

Lentils provide breakthrough in disease prevention

Monday, 4 August 2014

A PhD student has made a significant breakthrough in preventing a global deficiency of the essential mineral and micronutrient in humans called selenium, which has been linked to the possible incidence of some diseases, including some cancers, viral infections, suppression of HIV progression to AIDS, heart disease and male infertility.

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.