The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture has released its Annual Research Report 2018 today. It is the twelfth annual research report since the Institute was re-established in 2007, and provides an overview of UWA’s agricultural research, development and training in a regional, national and international context.
Institute Director Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique said the role of The UWA Institute of Agriculture was to enhance UWA’s contribution to agriculture and related areas, with a vision to provide research-based solutions to food and nutritional security, environmental sustainability and agribusiness.
Collaborative, multi-disciplinary and cross-faculty research activities continue across six research themes: Crops, Roots and Rhizosphere; Sustainable Grazing Systems; Water for Food Production; Food Quality and Human Health; Engineering Innovations for Food Production and Agribusiness Ecosystems.
“The research and development featured in the 2018 Annual Report includes a wide range of topics, from the health benefits of apples, to disease resistance genes in canola, to new technologies for managing weeds on farm,” Professor Siddique said.
A major focus of the Institute is to effectively communicate agricultural research and training activities at UWA, and to deepen engagement with industry, farmer groups, collaborators, funding bodies and alumni. The Institute’s education and outreach activities include the annual Postgraduate Showcase, Industry Forum, Public Lectures, and various activities at the UWA Farm in Ridgefield.
“More than 130 people visited the UWA Farm for Pingelly Astrofest in 2018, which was hosted in conjunction with the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research and SciTech,” Professor Siddique said.
“In 2018, there was also a field tour of the UWA Farm for around 40 delegates of Australia’s premier lamb industry expo, LambEx.”
For more information, download an electronic copy of The UWA Institute of Agriculture Annual Research Report 2018.
Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique (Director, The UWA Institute of Agriculture) 08 6488 7012 / 0411 155 396
Laura Skates (Communications Officer, The UWA Institute of Agriculture) 08 6488 3756