Gene could unlock big wheat yields for a growing population

Waite researcher Scott Boden has discovered molecular pathways regulated by a gene traditionally used to control wheat-flowering behaviour could be altered to achieve greater yields. Read about his work here.

Genetic hope in fight against devastating wheat disease

Fungal disease Fusarium head blight (FHB) is on the rise due to increasingly humid conditions induced by climate change during the wheat growing season, but a fundamental discovery by University of Adelaide researchers could help reduce its economic harm. Read all about the work here.

Scientists seek your soil for century-chemical study

University of Adelaide researchers are calling on South Australians to donate soil samples from their backyard gardens for a study examining how widely spread per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are in our home gardens. Read more here about this exciting citizen science project!

Act of Treason agave spirit is research you can drink

Tequila fans curious about what an Australian version of the famous drink tastes like can now purchase the Act of Treason agave spirit, which incorporates University of Adelaide research. Read more here about the agave research behind the spirit!

Plants to be grown on the Moon when humans return

NASA has announced that when humans take their first steps back on the Moon after 50 years during the Artemis III mission, astronauts will cultivate and return lunar-grown plants to Earth for the first time. The consortium of partners who will pioneer this initiative includes a core group from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plants for Space (P4S), headquartered at the University of Adelaide. Read more about this exciting news here.

Prof Kerry Wilkinson announced as ARC Mid-Career Industry Fellow

Congratulations to Prof Kerry Wilkinson for being awarded an ARC Mid-Career Industry Fellowship! Read more here about the ARC funding news.

Jill Bauer awarded STEMM Educator of the Year at SA Science Excellence and Innovation Awards

The STEMM Educator of the Year Award recognises effective teachers who are critical to successful STEMM education. Click here to read more.

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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.

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Awards submission is open for the Australian Barley Technical Symposium 2024 - Are you currently enrolled in a Masters or PhD with relevance to the Australian barley industry? Apply for an award presented at the 2024 ABTS!
The Crawford Fund 2024 Conference open for registration - Food and Nutrition Security: 2024 conference on significant issues surrounding leadership, partnerships and co-design to ensure food security in the future.
Science Showcase 2024 – Expressions of Interest - Opportunity for PhD students and post-docs to show off their research!
SAVE THE DATE: WRI Symposium - Save the date: the WRI symposium will be held at the National Wine Centre this year on December 5th
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SAVE THE DATE: WRI Symposium - Save the date: the WRI symposium will be held at the National Wine Centre this year on December 5th
TERN Employment opportunity - TERN has a few employment opportunities newly advertised. Have a look at the Project Officer and Training and Engagement Officer roles now.
Lanyards needed for UoA hosted Institute of Australian Geographers Conference - To stay focused on sustainability the Institute of Australian Geographers Conference (IAG2024) is looking for lanyards to use for their conference tags. Have any that you are happy to share?
TERN Employment opportunity: Training and engagement officer - The TERN Team are seeking a dynamic and motivated Training and Engagement Officer to work with a team of Scientific Field Officers to deliver on-ground training programs for a joint project with the Australian Government Ecological Monitoring System Australia (EMSA). Read more about the employment opportunity here.
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