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.


Applications open: Research Scientist – Soil Microbiology, CSIRO Waite Campus - CSIRO is currently seeking a passionate Research Scientist to join the Systems program at the Waite Campus. 
Applications open: Lecturer A/B – School of Agriculture, Food and Wine - The School of Agriculture, Food and Wine seeks to appoint an emerging leader in soil science with experience in undergraduate learning and teaching.
Failed antibiotic now a game changing weed killer for farmers - Weed killers of the future could soon be based on failed antibiotics. Read the full story.
Kangaroo Island wildlife key to beverage fermentation - Researchers from the University of Adelaide have discovered new species of lactic acid bacteria on Kangaroo Island that could be used in the fermentation of wine, ciders and sour beers. Read the full story.
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CSIRO ON Innovation – Adelaide Workshop, June 26 - Join the CSIRO ON Innovation program on Monday June 26 for publicly-funded researchers, innovation leaders and entrepreneurs interested in exploring ways of generating value and impact from their work.
Applications open: ‘Elevate: Boosting women in STEM program’ - Learn more about the Elevate program, which will award up to 500 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships to women in STEM.
Applications open: Inspiring SA Arts and Science Grants - Inspiring SA is inviting applications for funding to develop and produce collaborative arts and science events and activities for delivery in South Australia.
Postgraduate researchers invited to use cutting-edge facilities - The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) is inviting applications for its current round of Postgraduate Internship Awards until June 15 2023.
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The Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide is an integrated research and teaching precinct that has been presented as a model for the collocation of agricultural research institutions and has established a track record for delivering value to industry through innovative research and quality education. The Waite website is powered by the Waite Research Institute.


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