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

Vines strike a pose for the new VitiCanopy app

The University of Adelaide VitiCanopy app has been updated! Read more about the user-friendly and intuitive updates that help grapegrowers manage their vineyards more effectively.

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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.


School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Postgraduate Symposium - Read more about the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Postgraduate Symposium, which was held on Wednesday 21st September.
Three Minute Thesis success - Congratulations to Waite PhD Candidate Isobel Hume who was awarded both the People's Choice and Student's Choice Awards at the University of Adelaide Three Minute Thesis final last week.
DECRA success - Congratulations to Dr Amanda Choo from the School of Biological Sciences and Waite Research Institute, who was recently awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. 
Health leader honoured by bacteria naming - Introducing Nicolia spurrieriana – a newly discovered lactic acid bacteria named after South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier – which could potentially be used in the fermentation of wine, sourdough bread and pickled foods.
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Abstract submissions now open: International Conference on Agrifood Biotechnology - The International Conference on Agrifood Biotechnology will be held in Sitges, near Barcelona, Spain from 26-28 March 2023. The conference will bring together specialists in plant biotechnology, agriculture and the food sciences to share and discuss recent advances in agrifood biotechnology.
Applications open for APPF Postgraduate Internship - The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) is welcoming applications for its Postgraduate Student Internship Awards.
What do you want to see at on-campus YouX events in 2023? - Complete a quick 5 minute survey to share your thoughts.
Applications open for the AW Howard Memorial Trust Research Fellowship - The AW Howard Memorial Trust awards the Research Fellowship to an outstanding candidate currently undertaking or intending to undertake post-graduate pasture research.
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