James Mushayija

UWA helping in the East African fight against crop devastating plagues

Thursday, 26 November 2015

A Rwandan Biosecurity Fellow’s visit to The University of Western Australia will help bring much-needed skills to African scientists trying to fight insect plagues threatening Africa’s food security.

Jacinta Foley and Sean Randell

Smart agriculture students explore ways to increase wheat yield

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Once the world’s largest individual wheat grower, the late Sir Eric Smart would have been proud to see a scholarship in his name help two agricultural science students from The University of Western Australia conduct research into improving the productivity of wheat.

Local researchers take on G20 challenge to make energy efficient wheat

Friday, 6 November 2015

Western Australian researchers will contribute to a G20 nations plan to strengthen future, global food security by making more energy efficient wheat.

Dr Boykin

UWA researcher addresses the United Nations to end hunger

Friday, 2 October 2015

A Research Fellow from The University of Western Australia has spoken at the United Nations Headquarters in New York about how her research will play a role in tackling the Global Goal of “zero hunger”. The goal is to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.


Antarctic warming stimulates diversity of soil fungi

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The warming of the Antarctic Peninsula could see the number of types of soil fungi in the Antarctic region increase dramatically by up to 25 per cent by the end of the century, according to research carried out by a team of British and Australian scientists.

Nick Eyers, Luke Edwards, Jaxon Carter, Grace Williams and Danelle Manning

UWA students shine at Australian crops competition

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Five agricultural science undergraduate students at The University of Western Australia have excelled in the 2015 Australian Universities Crop Competition held in New South Wales last week.

Third-year students Mr Jaxon Carter, Mr Luke Edwards, Ms Grace Williams, Ms Danelle Manning and Mr Nick Eyres represented UWA at the three-day competition, and placed third amongst university teams from across Australia and the United States.

UWA Agriculture students on field trip

Student enrolments in agricultural science major double at UWA

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

More undergraduate students are choosing to major in agricultural science at The University of Western Australia compared with three years ago.

Director of The UWA Institute of Agriculture, Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique, said all enrolled students had the opportunity to study key issues related to global agriculture, which helps prepare students for employment in a rapidly changing world.

Gordon Flake and Dr Yudhoyono

Australia can move from 'mining boom' to 'dining boom'

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Australia can move from a ‘mining boom’ to a ‘dining boom’ according to talks yesterday between The University of Western Australia’s Perth USAsia Centre and former Indonesian President His Excellency Professor Doctor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Wheat Field

Research finds how to increase wheat yield during drought in rainfed environments

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Farmers in climates where late-season drought occurs frequently may be able to increase wheat yield, according to research from The University of Western Australia.

Acidification in waterways

Agricultural practices unknowingly cause poisoning of lake catchment

Monday, 14 September 2015

Agricultural clearing and drains installed by farmers to lower water tables and manage salinity are inadvertently impacting waterways in one of the largest and most botanically significant regions in Australia, according to new research from The University of Western Australia.

Arctic expedition Lara Gracia-Corral

Arctic study finds CO2 helps plants grow but only at low temperatures

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

A new international study involving researchers from The University of Western Australia has found that carbon dioxide (CO2) has a positive effect on producing organic material at low temperatures in the Arctic Ocean, but that this effect disappears once temperatures increase.

Field Day to showcase UWA’s commitment to agriculture and rural communities

Monday, 31 August 2015

The University of Western Australia’s Farm Ridgefield near Pingelly will open its doors to the wider community at the 2015 Field Day on Friday 11 September.

Soil sampling

Nitrogen loss in soils unearthed

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have challenged the current understanding about which microorganisms carry out important nitrogen transformations in semi-arid agricultural soils.

Cattle in a field

Where are we heading with Australia’s red meat industry?

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

With demand for protein likely to increase as global incomes rise, what does Australia need to do to maintain its competitive export market?

Professor Wallace Cowling

Small changes have large benefits for crop breeding

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have developed a new method for breeding crops that will improve the potential for long-term, sustainable genetic improvement.

Harnessing social capital can boost crop production

Friday, 5 June 2015

Agricultural development in Timor-Leste and other developing countries can be improved by harnessing social relationships, according to a study carried out by researchers from The University of Western Australia.

Growing crops in salty soils gets easier one step at a time

Monday, 1 June 2015

A team of researchers from The University of Western Australia has made a breakthrough that could assist the future development of crops to cope with production in salty soils worldwide.

Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships attract world's best minds

Friday, 29 May 2015

Andrew and Nicola Forrest today announced the first recipients of the prestigious Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships – with the five recipients flying in from around the world to accept their scholarship.

China-Australia joint Research Centre established

Friday, 15 May 2015

Sustainable livestock production will benefit from a new China-Australia Joint Research Centre for Ruminant Production between The University of Western Australia and Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University in China.

Sunflower protein 'scissors' provide sunny news for medicine

Friday, 8 May 2015

Scientists have discovered an extraordinary protein-cutting enzyme that has also evolved to glue proteins together, a finding that may be valuable in the production of therapeutic drugs.