Rural-urban migration constrains future agricultural productivity in China

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Rising socioeconomic expectations, low incomes in agriculture and increasing economic opportunities in urban areas are causing an ever-growing number of Chinese from rural households to turn to the city for better paid jobs to supplement their farming income.

Professor Ryan Lister

Biological scientist named State's Tall Poppy

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Professor Ryan Lister, a genome biologist and Future Fellow in the ARC Centre for Excellence in Plant Energy Biology has been recognised as Western Australia's brightest young scientist in the 2013 Tall Poppy Awards.

Terry Enright, Chair of WA Committee with Crawford Fund Medal awardee Bob Gilkes

Recognition of Lifetime Contribution: Capacity building and food security

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Professor Emeritus Robert (Bob) Gilkes, former Winthrop Professor of Soil Science and Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Earth and Environment at the University of Western Australia was recently presented with a Crawford Fund medal for his lifetime contribution to research supervision and mentoring of overseas students.

Scholarship winners Liam Ryan and Kimberley Adams

Graduates explore new ways of managing drought

Friday, 15 November 2013

A shared passion to minimise the adverse effects of drought on agricultural productivity has earned scholarships for two Agricultural Science students at The University of Western Australia.

Dr Vincent Lanoiselet and Professor Martin Barbetti

Science fights back against rice blast

Monday, 11 November 2013

Scientists are on the attack against rice blast, the international fungal disease that stopped the rice industry in its tracks in northern Western Australia three years ago.

New smartphone App SnapCard

New phone App SnapCard now available for farmers

Monday, 11 November 2013

A new smartphone App designed to help broadacre farmers maximise pesticide spray efficiency is now available.

Strong showing of UWA finalists in 2013 WA Science Awards

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have again made a strong showing in the list of finalists for the annual Western Australian Science Awards.

Study reveals local council mergers depend on efficiency

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Local council mergers make economic sense only if bigger councils operate more efficiently than smaller ones, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique

Tough new varieties set to revive profitable chickpea industry

Friday, 25 October 2013

Chickpea has emerged as Australia's most important cool season grain legume, according to the ABARES 2012 season crop data - and new disease-resistant varieties are expected to revive and develop a profitable chickpea industry in Western Australia.

Two-pronged approach to boost forest carbon storage

Monday, 21 October 2013

More carbon will sometimes be stored in forests if a bigger variety of tree species is planted along with key species - such as nitrogen fixing trees - that are known to contribute strongly to carbon storage, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Timely book reveals economic growth fails to end India's food crisis

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

An economics professor from The University of Western Australia has co-authored a book examining India's chronic food security problem and the lessons it holds for the rest of the world.

Professor Shane Maloney (middle)

How will livestock react to global warming?

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The threat to food production as a result of warming temperatures associated with climate change has triggered a collaboration between two of the hottest countries in the world to determine how future livestock production is about to be affected.

Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique

Agriculture expert wins top Chinese award

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

A leading agricultural scientist and academic whose mission is to ‘feed the world' has been honoured with a prestigious award by China's Gansu Provincial Government for his outstanding contribution to research and leadership with within Gansu Province, especially Lanzhou University.

UWA PhD student Jessie Moniodis

Breakthrough discovery could result in fragrant golden harvest

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Sandalwood oil - the ‘golden harvest' - is one of the world's most valuable essential oils, but increased demand has caused natural populations of sandalwood trees to diminish over the past century through harvesting, grazing animals and disease.

Watching live plants under the microscope.  Photo:  Joshua Mylne

Moving genes have scientists seeing spots

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

An international team of scientists led by the UK's John Innes Centre and including scientists from Australia, Japan, the US and France has perfected a way of watching genes move within a living plant cell.

A soil researcher talking to a farmer

Digging deeper for soil carbon storage

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Many surface soils in Western Australia are already storing as much carbon as they can, according to research at The University of Western Australia and in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) and grower groups.

Associate Professor Phil Vercoe

Sustainable agriculture project wins Eureka award

Friday, 6 September 2013

A sustainable grazing system using native perennial shrubs to feed livestock and developed by Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre has won the Caring for our Country Landcare Eureka Prize for Sustainable Agriculture.

Minister for International Development visits 'Seeds of Life' project in Timor-Leste

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Federal Minister for International Development, Melissa Parke, has used a recent overseas visit to inspect the Seeds of Life project in Timor-Leste.

Applecross SHS Year 9 student Georgia Hagger at UWA Future Farm

Lambs to woo Future Farm scientists

Monday, 2 September 2013

It was perfect timing for many of 40 Year 9 students from Applecross Senior High School - some who had never been on a farm before - who visited The University of Western Australia's Future Farm 2050 recently.

Assistant Professor Michael Considine

Solving secrets of the wine cellar

Friday, 30 August 2013

Cutting-edge technology is being used by researchers at The University of Western Australia and Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) to identify differences in the top Cabernet Sauvignon grape clones to benefit the local wine industry and consumers.