Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique

Agricultural expert receives highest honour from People's Republic of China

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Director of The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture, Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique, has been awarded a prestigious Friendship Award at a ceremony in Beijing today.

Overland flow in a patchily vegetated landscape, in Ocotillo, California

Machine learning aims to improve water management in dryland agricultural ecosystems

Monday, 23 September 2019

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and the University of California have developed a new machine-learning tool that will improve the management, restoration and irrigation of rangeland areas used for grazing.

Hands holding peanuts in Timor Leste

Study finds crop fungus not linked to malnutrition in Timor-Leste

Thursday, 12 September 2019

A global team including researchers from The University of Western Australia has assessed the impact of fungal contamination in maize and peanuts on the health of women and children in Timor-Leste and found that it was unlikely to cause stunting in children.

Field pea

First pea genome to help improve crops of the future

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

A global team including scientists from The University of Western Australia has assembled the first genome of the field pea, which provides insight into how the legume evolved and will help aid future improvements of the crop.

Amazon forest

Forest loss in Brazil contributing to rising temperatures

Monday, 2 September 2019

A global team of scientists including researchers from The University of Western Australia and the United States has found deforestation in the Brazilian Amazaon-Cerrado region is causing temperatures to rise in areas as far as 50km away from deforestation sites.

Mine-site rehabilitation

Report aims to improve best practice in mine rehabilitation

Thursday, 29 August 2019

A first-of-its-kind report led by The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute aims to improve mining industry practice of how to define and measure successful mine-site rehabilitation criteria.

The UWA Institute of Agriculture releases annual research report 2018

The UWA Institute of Agriculture releases Annual Research Report 2018

Monday, 26 August 2019

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.

Prof Martin Barbetti and Prof Surinder Banga with Brassica crops

Breakthrough in disease resistance for Brassica crops

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

A global team led by Punjab Agricultural University, India, with researchers from The University of Western Australia, have made a significant breakthrough in disease resistance in Brassica oilseed crops.

Mountain Agriculture vital to ending hunger

Mountain Agriculture vital to ending hunger

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

In a book published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and The University of Western Australia, experts are calling for global decision-makers to include mountain agriculture on their agenda when tackling hunger and malnutrition. The book is free and can be accessed here. The Executive Summary of the book is also available online.

Two sheep standing in paddock

Wool odour could be key to protecting sheep from flystrike

Monday, 22 July 2019

A global research project led by The University of Western Australia in collaboration with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Western Australia has identified compounds in Merino sheep wool that are attractive to Australian blowflies.

Forum to bring food, fibre and ethics to the same table

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Join us for a lively conversation where leading experts will discuss ways of improving agricultural practices at a one-day forum held at The University of Western Australia Club on Thursday 25 July.

Sheep and lambs

Stressed sheep fleeced by their genes

Monday, 17 June 2019

Genetics play a large factor in determining the temperament of sheep and how they react to stress, a study carried out by The University of Western Australia has found.

Gluten free

Call for greater transparency in gluten free testing

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

A Coeliac disease expert from The University of Western Australia is calling for greater transparency in the testing of gluten free foods. It comes after reports that some gluten free products contain traces of gluten, potentially dangerous to sufferers of Coeliac disease.

Rajeev Varshney in chickpea field

Breakthrough in high-yield drought-resilient chickpeas

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

A global study led by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and involving scientists from The University of Western Australia has identified genes that can be used to develop drought and heat tolerant chickpeas.

UWA researchers helping Australian sheep producers tackle high-oestrogen clovers

UWA researchers helping Australian sheep producers tackle high-oestrogen clovers

Monday, 15 April 2019

A team of researchers at The University of Western Australia are working together with farmers to tackle an issue which could have a devastating impact on Australian sheep producers.

Students inspired by agricultural science at UWA Future Farm

Students inspired by agricultural science at UWA Future Farm

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Breaking the city-country divide, Year 12 Geography students from Penrhos College recently had their third annual field day at The University of Western Australia’s Ridgefield Farm in Pingelly.

Wheat

Discovery to help wheat cope with salty soils

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have discovered two enzymes that explain the sensitivity of wheat plants to salty soils.

Diversified cropping

Best practices for agriculture under climate change

Friday, 1 March 2019

A global team including researchers from The University of Western Australian have determined the best practices for managing agricultural land while minimising environmental impacts.

Jacqui Batley

Plant scientist awarded Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science

Thursday, 28 February 2019

A plant scientist from The University of Western Australia who made significant breakthroughs in disease resistance in the oilseed crop canola has been awarded the prestigious 2019 Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science.

Kadambot Siddique

First Australian elected to African Academy of Sciences

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Western Australian academic Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique, director of The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture, is the first Australian to be elected fellow of The African Academy of Sciences (AAS).