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.


Discovery Project success for WRI researchers - Congratulations to Professor Dabing Zhang, A/Professor Matthew Tucker, A/Professor Stuart Roy and Professor Vladimir Jiranek, who were recently awarded ARC Discovery Projects.
PhD student wins major climate change award - A University of Adelaide PhD candidate doing critical research into the effects of climate change on sheep production is the overall winner of the Premier’s Climate Change Council 2022 SA Climate Leaders Awards.
Dr Tatiana Soares da Costa recognised among Australia’s Superstars of STEM - Congratulations to Waite Research Institute Future Making Fellow, Dr Tatiana Soares da Costa, who has been recognised among Australia’s Superstars of STEM for 2023-2024.
LIEF success for WRI researchers - Congratulations to staff from the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine and Waite Research Institute, who were recently awarded funding through the ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme.
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Voting is open: WRI Showcase Visual Competition - Voting is open for the WRI Showcase Visual Competition. Get involved and pick your favourite photo and video before Friday 2nd December at 5:00PM!
Urrbrae House Foodbank Giving Tree - Can you spare a can or two this holiday season? Urrbrae House at the Waite campus of the University of Adelaide is a collection point for contributions to Foodbank’s 2022 Christmas Food Drive.
Applications open: Summer Student Positions at the GRDC - The Grains Research and Development Cooperation (GRDC) is seeking interest from undergraduate students to undertake a short-term paid placement over Summer 2022/23.
Waite Conservation Reserve App now available - The Waite Conservation Reserve App has been developed to enhance the experience for all visitors to the Waite Conservation Reserve. Learn more and download the App.
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