Weilu and Salik are the 2017 Sir Eric Smart Scholarship recipients

Smart scholarship for agriculture students

Monday, 20 November 2017

Two Agriculture Science students at The University of Western Australia have been awarded the Sir Eric Smart Scholarship through The UWA Institute of Agriculture.

Professor Carol Bower

Awards and achievements - October 2017

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.

L to R_Kent Anderson, Sue Bailey, Gary Bennell, Merv Abraham, Gloria Bennell, Kh

UWA Acknowledges Noongar Elders on Gnaala Karla Boodja

Monday, 6 November 2017

Noongar families joined staff and students from The University of Western Australia in an Acknowledgement of Gnaala Karla Boodja ceremony followed by lunch hosted at UWA Farm Ridgefield on Saturday.

Dr Monika Murcha

Plant biologist wins 2017 Young Tall Poppy Award

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Plant biologist Dr Monika Murcha from The University of Western Australia was today recognised as Western Australia’s brightest emerging scientist at this year’s Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.

Citizen science students

Citizen science research boosts student interest in biology courses

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Citizen science projects, such as ClimateWatch, could be used to boost engagement in undergraduate courses, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Debra Mullan and Graeme Martin present the MOOC on the Coursera Platform

New MOOC on best practice farming for 2050

Thursday, 19 October 2017

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. 

Dr Bede Mickan

Compost and clay can ameliorate impact of water stress in agricultural soils

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Applying compost and clay to soil can improve constraints such as water stress in sandy agricultural soils, according to a study published by researchers from The University of Western Australia.

Prof Siddique receives Global Research Leadership Award

UWA Professor recognised for global leadership in agriculture research

Monday, 18 September 2017

The University of Western Australia’s Hackett Professor of Agriculture Kadambot Siddique has been recognised on the international stage for his global contribution to dryland agriculture.

Stephen Powles

Plant scientist first Australian to win top American award

Thursday, 14 September 2017

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.

Barley with improved resistance to drought can be developed

Breakthrough in drought resistant barley

Thursday, 24 August 2017

An international team including researchers from The University of Western Australia have made a significant breakthrough in the development of drought resistant barley.

Brassica Sclerotinia Resistance Crosses in Himalyas

Resistance to major fungal disease in oilseed crops now possible

Friday, 18 August 2017

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.

Maxime Corral image

Antimalarial drugs offer a smorgasbord of new herbicides

Thursday, 29 June 2017

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.

Dane Glenn examines roots grown in compacted soils

Engineering solutions manage agricultural soil compaction

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

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.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Dawn Freshwater signs agreement with ICAR

Lentils can beat the heat

Monday, 19 June 2017

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.

UWA partners Ausplow Farming Systems to optimise seeding performance

Friday, 9 June 2017

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.

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.