Five decades of breeding for yield in Australian wheat has given researchers from The University of Western Australia some interesting insights into root systems, and how efficiently they take up nitrogen and water from the soil.
Improvements in grain yield are associated with higher nitrogen uptake, and thanks to research supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), we now know the mechanism of how this is achieved.
A new tool that makes native seeds easier to handle has won researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority a top prize at the 2016 WA Innovator of the Year awards.
The UWA Institute of Agriculture released its Annual Research Report 2015 to the agriculture industry and scientific community today.
It is the ninth annual report since The UWA Institute of Agriculture (IOA) was re-established, and provides an overview of how IOA is serving agriculture and the management of natural resources through research, education and training in a regional, national and international context.
Researchers at The University of Western Australia are encouraging farmers in south-western Australia to increase organic matter in soils over the long-term, through a study they published showing it can improve grain yield without substantial increases in greenhouse gas emissions.
Increasing soil organic matter in agricultural soils can increase crop productivity and is a well-known strategy for sequestering carbon dioxide to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. However, it may enhance nitrous oxide emissions.
In a world first, researchers from The University of Western Australia and The International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) have published a study that will allow chickpea breeders and researches to develop new chickpea varieties with improved adaptation to target environments.
Soil science researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) have combined their scientific and research capabilities to develop the long-term future of soil science in Western Australia.
Researchers from The University of Western Australia have developed a super-fast breeding system in the cereals oat and triticale, which will help breeders make crop improvements in half the time as conventionally required.
Researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia have discovered that hot and dry climatic conditions can limit the organic carbon build up in soil, which can decrease crop productivity and limit measures to offset greenhouse emissions.
Researchers from The University of Western Australia and Newcastle University (UK) have discovered copper levels in the soil affect the delicate balance of microbes responsible for soil nitrification, which affects how well crops grow.
Wider consumption of grain legumes is the answer to improving human health and meeting the increasing global demand for food, according to research published in Nature Plants today by The University of Western Australia researchers and collaborators.
The China-Australia’s Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) and its impact on the agriculture industry was in the spotlight at The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture industry forum held on Thursday.
Western Australia’s agricultural exports to China were valued at $1.7 billion in 2014-15, led by barley, wool, canola and wheat, and with numbers set to increase, industry experts came together to tackle how to use the agreement to our best advantage.
Pioneering research into understanding how to best manage green spaces using limited water allocations has been acknowledged for outstanding research achievement at the 2016 Parks and Leisure Australia WA Awards.
Growing maize with faba bean enhances ecosystem productivity and has important implications for developing sustainable agriculture, according to research at China Agricultural University, Beijing and The University of Western Australia.
The breakthrough research, recently published in the prestigious journal PNAS, revealed that when faba bean and maize are intercropped, root interactions between the two species boosted faba bean biomass and grain by a staggering 35% and 61%, respectively.
The 2008 deregulation of the Australian wheat export market did not induce a permanent change in wheat prices, according to a study published by agricultural economists at The University of Western Australia.
Mr Reece Curwen conducted the study as part of his Honours degree at UWA and was supervised by Dr Amin Mugera and Associate Professor Ben White from UWA’s School of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Institute of Agriculture.
Researchers at The University of Western Australia have invented a new technique for ‘flaming’ wild seeds that could allow them to be used more easily in replanting large tracts of land such as reclaimed mine sites.