Swan Valley Honey Festival

Swan Valley Honey Fest, the place to bee this Sunday

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Right now, thousands of workers live outdoors in tiny wooden sheds in Australia, even though their labour is valued at $6 billion in this country alone. They are vegetarians who neither eat fruit, nor veggies, but help produce the meat we eat.

Curious? The humble honey bee is a workforce to be reckoned with and this Sunday is your chance to find out all about them, as Western Australia plays its part in National Honey Month.

Prof Kadambot Siddique designated Special Ambassador for Pulses by UN FAO

UWA Professor named FAO Special Ambassador for Pulses

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has designated The University of Western Australia’s Agriculture Chair, Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique the Special Ambassador for Pulses 2016 at a ceremony in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Jacob Hawkins

China's changing diet linked to higher emissions

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

China’s rapidly changing diet has ramifications not only for the supply of land and water, but also for energy supplies and greenhouse gas emissions, according to research at The University of Western Australia.

Farmers inspecting cultivars and agronomic treatments in a yield potential trial

Addressing yield gap for global food security

Friday, 1 April 2016

Yield gaps in rainfed crops remain large enough to suggest considerable scope for increasing prevailing yields at the farm level, according researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Adjunct Professors Walter Anderson and Chris Johansen, and Professor Kadambot Siddique from The UWA Institute of Agriculture critically reviewed the rainfall-limited potential yields and the gap between actual or average yields of cereal and grain legume crops.

Joe Steer, Anna Amir and Helen Carroll

Mike Carroll's fellowship to benefit sheep production

Friday, 4 March 2016

Two agricultural science PhD students from The University of Western Australia were awarded the Mike Carroll Travelling Fellowship at a ceremony on Thursday, 25 February.

The Mike Carroll Travelling Fellowship is a memorial to the late Dr Mike Carroll, who was associated with the WA Department of Agriculture for over 20 years, serving as Director-General from 1990 to 1994.

Herbicide hunt

Common antibiotic inspires hunt for new herbicide

Friday, 12 February 2016

Plant biologists at The University of Western Australia have discovered that the commonly used antibiotic ciprofloxacin, which kills bacteria, also kills plants by blocking the DNA copying machinery of the plants.

Simrat Labana (ACIAR – New Delhi) flanked by girls who have collected weeds from

Legume production vastly improves in International Year of Pulses 2016

Thursday, 4 February 2016

A five-year project led by researchers from The University of Western Australia to improve food and nutritional security has exceeded expectations by delivering a 45% increase in lentil production over five years.

Led by Professor William Erskine from UWA’s Centre for Plant Breeding and Genetics, and Institute of Agriculture, the five-year project was funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to revitalise pulse production in Bangladesh without affecting rice cropping.

Research uncovers how to better manage crops grown on gravel soils

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

A study into gravel soils by researchers at The University of Western Australia may help farmers growing crops on soils with high gravel content optimise the amount of fertiliser they apply.

The glasshouse study found that the concentration of phosphorus in the matrix of gravel soils from residual and applied fertiliser had a greater effect on wheat growth, than the total amount of phosphorus in the pot.

Canola

WA agricultural research shines on world stage

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has released a report showing West Australian universities are among the best in the world in research allied to Agriculture and Environmental Science.

Mali delegation sign MOU

Mali looks to WA to develop its meat and livestock industry

Monday, 7 December 2015

On Monday 7 December, a delegation from Mali, signed a Memoranda of Understanding between The University of Western Australia and two Malian universities specialising in agricultural sciences.

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

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.

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.