University of Western Australia researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology have published the most comprehensive analysis of a wheat genome as part of a United Kingdom-led consortium. The new sequencing of the bread wheat genome, led by the Earlham Institute, identified complete sets of genes and proteins essential to important agronomic traits.
Researchers at The University of Western Australia in collaboration with The Australian National University have discovered the deadly fungus Parastagonospora nodorum invades wheat plants by producing a herbicide compound (elsinochrome) which kills plant cells when they are exposed to light.
A study led by The University of Western Australia has found plants have far more complex and developed senses than we thought with the ability to detect and respond to sounds to find water, and ultimately survive.
China must balance its grain production in the Northern and Southern regions if it wants to maintain food security and environmental sustainability, according to a study published by researchers from Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University in China and The University of Western Australia.
Agricultural scientists from The University of Western Australia have published a book on innovations in dryland agriculture that will help develop environmentally sustainable and profitable food production systems in Australia and globally.
Researchers from The University of Western Australia have identified 21,000 new genes in bread wheat.
The discovery is a big step forward in the continued improvement of bread wheat, which provides roughly one fifth of the world’s food.
Professor David Edwards from UWA’s School of Biological Sciences and Institute of Agriculture led a team in assembling the pangenome of bread wheat. The pangenome includes all the genes for a species rather than a single individual.
Scientists from The University of Western Australia have identified a tiny mutation in plants that can influence how well a plant recovers from stressful conditions, and ultimately impact a plant’s survival.
Energy is an all-important currency for plants, and scientists from The University of Western Australia have now calculated the cost of one of their biggest expenses. The knowledge could be a key to creating more energy efficient crops.
A research scientist from The University of Western Australia with a mission to increase food security in East Africa has been named the first Australian-based Senior TED Fellow in the history of the program.
An international team of researchers from The University of Western Australia, University of New England, the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre, Norway, and the Pig Research Centre, Denmark have developed a revolutionary plant breeding system which will enable breeders to access valuable genes that have been lost through modern breeding programs.
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.