Wheat field

Biochar and zinc application can improve wheat grown in certain soils

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Researchers from The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture and Sultan Qaboos University in Oman have found that the combined application of biochar and zinc can mitigate stress in wheat caused by the heavy metal cadmium.

Cadmium reduces the growth, yield, and zinc concentration in wheat grain due to oxidative stress. Its accumulation in soil can cause significant health risks to humans if it is introduced into the food chain via crops. 

UWA News has moved to Impact

Monday, 17 August 2020

All UWA news content, including media releases, are now available on Impact.

Northern cattle

BeefLinks partnership to boost red meat industry

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

A four-year partnership between The University of Western Australia, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) through the MLA Donor Company (MDC) has been launched to coordinate and drive an integrated research and practice change program for the West Australian Beef Industry.

Justina Serrano in the field using remote sensing technology

Smart Scholarship explores smart weed management technology

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have investigated the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to detect early-weeds in broadacre wheat crops.

IOA Annual Research Report 2019

The UWA Institute of Agriculture releases Annual Research Report 2019

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture has released its Annual Research Report 2019 today.

UWA

UWA ranked top in Australia in five STEM subjects

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

The University of Western Australia has achieved the highest ranking among all Australian universities for five STEM subjects, according to the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by Subject.

Professors Blakeney and Siddique in the field with farmers

How local knowledge contributes to agricultural innovation

Friday, 26 June 2020

The contribution of local knowledge and intellectual property to agricultural innovation and food security has been examined in a book published this week by researchers from The University of Western Australia.

Local Knowledge, Intellectual Property and Agricultural Innovation published by Springer was compiled by Professor Michael Blakeney from UWA’s Law School and Hackett Professor of Agriculture Kadambot Siddique, Director of The UWA Institute of Agriculture.

Dr Yinglong Chen, Tsubasa Kawai and Prof Kadambot Siddique

First crop of agriculture students from Japan join UWA

Friday, 19 June 2020

The University of Western Australia has welcomed a group of agriculture students from Nagoya University in Japan as part of a joint Doctor of Philosophy program in which students simultaneously enrol and complete part of their degree at both UWA and Nagoya University. 

Prof Rajeev Varshney with peanut crop

Scientific debate over peanut origin laid to rest

Thursday, 21 May 2020

The peanut originated 450,000 years ago, not 10,000 years ago according to research published in this month’s issue of Nature Genetics. This research is expected to put an end to a year-long scientific debate over the timeline of the cultivated peanut.

Siddique

UWA Expert Series - Ensuring global food security during COVID-19

Monday, 20 April 2020

An agricultural expert from The University of Western Australia has warned that while Australia is one of the most food secure countries in the world, COVID-19 presents complex challenges for the food security of vulnerable communities and nations where hunger and malnutrition are already common.

Wheat

Genetic diversity improves yield in hybrid crop varieties

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Researchers from The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture and University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute have discovered that high levels of genetic diversity and dominant genes in grain crops such as wheat, barley or rice leads to the production of greater yields in hybrid varieties.

Dr Andrew Guzzomi

Australian farmers to reap rewards from weed chipper

Monday, 24 February 2020

The University of Western Australia has partnered with a WA-based manufacturing company to commercialise an award-winning mechanical weed chipper that serves as a ground-breaking alternative to the use of herbicides for weed management in large scale cropping operations.

Federico

New technology to speed up the development of more resilient crops

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

A research collaboration led by The University of Western Australia has created a new technique that speeds up the development of seeds, producing better quality and more abundant pulse crops.

Brendan O'Leary

Plants and animals sense nutrients the same way

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have discovered that plants and animals use the same signalling process to manage their nutrient levels. The knowledge could help improve the use of energy in crops, leading to better yields in the future.

Michael Young (UWA Agricultural science student)

Research to improve broadacre farm profitability

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Research carried out by The University of Western Australia has found that the most profitable sheep breeding lines for broadacre farming are Merino ewes mated with Merino or crossbred rams, with the biggest earners being market-weight Merino lambs and crossbred lambs.

Herbicide tolerant wheat to improve productivity

Herbicide tolerant wheat to improve productivity

Friday, 29 November 2019

A team of researchers from The University of Western Australia has discovered key genes in wheat that are associated with Metribuzin herbicide tolerance.

Andrew Guzzomi and Michael Walsh accepting the award

Weed chipper recognised in WA Innovator of the Year awards

Thursday, 7 November 2019

A mechanical weed chipper designed by engineers and researchers from UWA and The University of Sydney last night won the Rio Tinto Emerging Innovation award category at the 2019 WA Innovator of the Year awards.

New Joint Venture to improve annual legume breeding

New Joint Venture to improve annual legume breeding

Thursday, 24 October 2019

A 10-year joint venture between The University of Western Australia and PGG Wrightson Seeds has been launched to provide farmers better access to advances in seed technology.

Watheroo NP Hakea prostrata

Study digs up one billion years of green plant evolution

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Scientists from The University of Western Australia are part of a worldwide team of almost 200 plant scientists that has mapped the gene sequences of more than 1100 plants, the culmination of a nine-year research project.

Maize lethal necrosis virus disease symptoms in maize plants in Kenya

Integrated management approaches to combat plant virus diseases

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Investigations by The University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Institute of Agriculture and Washington State University (WSU) in the USA have concluded that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to management of plant viral diseases.