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

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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.

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.

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Climate change is reducing global river water quality - An international team of experts, including scientists from the University of Adelaide and led by Utrecht University in the Netherlands, have released a review of almost 1000 studies on the effects of climate change and extreme weather events on rivers around the world. Click here to read more.
WRI PhD candidates announced as Outbound Knowledge Exchange Bursary winners - Congratulations to Syuzanna Mosikyan and Yanina Giordano, who have been announced as two of nine Outbound Knowledge Exchange Bursary winners. 
Nasir Iqbal named a finalist for the 2023 PERSOLKELLY Future Scientist Award - Congratulations to Waite PhD candidate, Nasir Iqbal, who was recently named a finalist for the PERSOLKELLY Future Scientist Award. 
Success for Waite PhD candidates at University of Adelaide 3MT final - Congratulations to Waite PhD candidates, Chelsea Matthews and Jacqueline Barsby, for their success at last week's University of Adelaide Three Minute Thesis (3MT) final.
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Applications open: CSIRO Industry PhD Program Scholarship – RemBind Solution - Applications are open for a CSIRO Industry PhD Program (iPhD) scholarship investigating 'Screening of new sorbent formulations and materials for PFAS remediation'. Click here to learn more.
Vacancies open: Waite Campus Childrens Centre - Vacancies are currently open at the Waite Campus Childrens Centre. Click here to learn more.
Applications open: Playford Trust University Scholarships - Applications are now open for Playford Trust University Scholarships. There are 70 new opportunities for 2024, for first year students through to PhD candidates. Click here to learn more.
Applications open: Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture Awards 2023 - Learn more about the Spirit of Excellence Awards. Applications close on Monday 21st August.
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