Research centre to grow space food expertise

Read more about the newly announced ARC Centre of Excellence in Plants for Space (P4S), led by the University of Adelaide.

Straightening out kinky roots captures carbon and avoids drought stress

Researchers have discovered a new gene in barley and wheat that controls the angle of root growth in soil, opening the door to new cereal varieties with deeper roots that are less susceptible to drought and nutrient stress, thus mitigating the effects of climate change. 

New herbicidal compounds may provide major boost for Aussie farmers

Weeds cost Australian farmers more than $5 billion annually, but researchers from the University of Adelaide and La Trobe University have discovered a way to potentially stop them dead in their tracks.

Higher wheat yields and protein content on the horizon

A team of international researchers, led by Waite Research Institute researcher Scott Boden, has discovered a way to produce higher quality wheat. Read more about the discovery and the Science Advances publication

‘Lifestyle’ wines could deliver hundreds of jobs to SA

Low and no-alcohol wine products could bring more than 500 jobs and add $64 million a year to South Australia’s economy with the Marshall Liberal Government investing nearly $5 million to turbo charge the sector locally. The first step in the delivery of this project will be the establishment of a research facility at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus.

New research puts bugs to the taste test

Read more about the entomophagy study recruiting people to participate in a descriptive sensory panel to complete profiling for dehydrated, boiled, deep-fried and roasted farm-raised edible insects.

Plants4Space: the future of food

Read the full article on Plants4Space written by Matthew Gilliham for Food Australia Journal

Welcome to the Waite

This website is the online portal to the Waite Campus, the largest concentration of agricultural research and teaching expertise in the Southern Hemisphere. Established in 1924 and located at Urrbrae in Adelaide, South Australia, ‘The Waite’ is a co-located partnership of 15 complementary organisations and centres engaged in world-class Research and Development in plant, agricultural, food, wine and natural resources science.

In an increasingly food-insecure world with serious climate and economic challenges facing us, the vision of Peter Waite, to harness science in support of agricultural productivity, has never been more important or relevant.

The Waite is a world-renowned brand in agricultural research and education, and a leading centre of Australian research capability in wine, grains, soil and plant breeding.

The aim of this website is to bring together in one place the relevant information, including key contacts and links, from across the organisations based at the Waite Campus for our various stakeholder groups. We trust you will find it useful.


Successful UoA and PIRSA/SARDI Team Building Day - Collectively, the University of Adelaide (UoA) and PIRSA/SARDI have developed a Partnership Team to support improved collaboration in research, development, extension and innovation. Read more about this partnership and the recent Team Building Day.
Partnership blends leading wine research capabilities - On Monday 12 December, a partnership between the University of Adelaide and the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) was cemented with support from Wine Australia.
TERN Australia Soil and Herbarium Collection facility launch -  On December 8th 2022, the TERN Australia Soil and Herbarium Collection facility was launched by the National Soils Advocate the Hon. Penny Wensley AC. Read more about the new facility at Waite.
Waite PhD graduate awarded Harold Woolhouse Prize - Congratulations to Dr Ruchira Ranaweera, who was awarded the 2022 Harold Woolhouse Prize for best PhD thesis produced in the Faculty of Sciences.
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Applications open: Australian Flora Foundation Research Grants - The Australian Flora Foundation invites applications for funding of research projects from individual researchers and research teams, to support original scientific studies on the biology and cultivation of Australian plants.
Applications open: The Microbiome Project PhD Scholarship - Applications are open for a PhD project seeking to identify fundamental changes in soil biological communities due to changes in farming systems over the past two decades.
Applications open: Playford Trust PhD Scholarships - Applications are closing this Friday 20/01/2023 for Playford Trust PhD Scholarships.
Applications open: One Basin CRC PhD Research Program - Are you looking for impactful research? Applications are open for PhD research on confronting climate change, digital technologies for irrigated agriculture, enhancing water supply and realising value from within rural communities. 
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