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.

Positive outlook for WA's farming system groups

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Local, community-based farming system groups are more readily able to serve the specific information needs of farmers, than large, geographically dispersed groups.  They are also more effective at engaging members in group activities, according to a study conducted by researchers from The University of Western Australia.

Swan Valley honey fest is bees knees

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

They do not eat their fruit and veg, but without them you wouldn't either.  And even though they are vegetarians, they help produce the meat you eat.  Their labour is valued at up to $6 billion here in Australia alone, but their workforce lives in dark wooden sheds.

Australia-China wheat workshop

A century of spectacular wheat yield improvements in China

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Almost 100 years of data on China's wheat yield improvements have been unearthed for the first time by researchers from Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in China and The University of Western Australia.

UWA student Matthew Rowbottom

The farmer takes a drone

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Drones on dairy farms? It may sound like fun, but for UWA student Matthew Rowbottom, the high-tech machines could be useful to time-poor dairy farmers. He is researching the effectiveness of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in monitoring the growth of pasture biomass on dairy farms.

How does wheat respond to climate change?

Monday, 9 March 2015

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and CSIRO have made a breakthrough in understanding how wheat crops are likely to respond to potential future climate scenarios.

Professor David Hopkins

Renowned soil scientist to give Hector and Andrew Stewart Memorial Lecture

Friday, 20 February 2015

Internationally renowned soil scientist Professor David Hopkins will deliver the 2015 Hector and Andrew Stewart Memorial Lecture, hosted by The University of Western Australia's Institute of Agriculture, next month.

Oats to clean up heavy metals in contaminated soil

Friday, 6 February 2015

Researchers from universities in China, Switzerland and Australia have identified that the naked oat is best suited to remove radioactive strontium from contaminated soils.

Hot-spot summer school unites young climate experts

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Twenty students representing seven countries and nine universities are at The University of Western Australia for a summer school where they are sharing their global perspectives on responses to climate change.

Professor Jim Barrow  - 1982

UWA soil scientists honoured for challenging ideas

Monday, 2 February 2015

A soil scientist from The University of Western Australia has been honoured in the latest issue of a leading international publication, the European Journal of Soil Science, for explaining the way nutrients especially phosphate react with soil and contributing to our understanding of plant nutrition.

Assistant Professor Amin Mugera

Short-term debt enhances WA farm productivity

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Policy interventions that enable farmers to have access to short-term debt would improve technical efficiency of Western Australian broad acre farms, according to a study from The University of Western Australia. 

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.