Waite Research Institute

LOCATION: Agriculture, Food & Wine Building, Hartley Grove, Waite Campus, Urrbrae

Who We Are

The Waite Research Institute (WRI) stimulates and supports research and innovation across the University of Adelaide and its partners that builds capacity for Australia’s agriculture, food and wine sectors.

Named after Peter Waite , the Waite Research Institute is internationally recognised for it’s world-class research, development, teaching and commercialisation activities in Agriculture. 

Our fundamental and applied research based at The University of Adelaide’s North Terrace, Roseworthy and Waite campuses underpins innovation in Australia’s agricultural industries.

The Waite Research Institute (WRI) was established in 2009/10 to facilitate further development of the world-class capability and technologies at the Waite precinct. The WRI keeps alive the vision of Peter Waite in leading and providing support for collaborative initiatives that bring about step changes in Australian agricultural science and practice.

The WRI’s broad vision is to drive the innovation to secure a sustainable future for Agriculture—by creating high-quality, nutritious and climate-resilient products. We do this not in isolation, but in close partnership with the agriculture, food and wine sectors.

To achieve our goals, we invest in outstanding researchers across multiple scientific disciplines; and we provide them with advanced facilities to support both new strategic initiatives and established strengths.

Supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure and the unique collective strength of the co-located partners, our research is trans-disciplinary and collaborative in nature with national and international connections to major industry sectors, government and other high-quality research organisations.

Our Goals

  • Research with impact in sustainable intensification of agriculture in a changing climate
  • Building large-scale initiatives across disciplines
  • Enhancing excellence through researcher development
  • Connecting researchers with industry through the AFW IEP

Research Themes

  • AgTech
  • Animal Science
  • Crop Science
  • Food Technology
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Wine & viticulture

Professor Matt Gilliham
Director, WRI
T. +61 8 8313 8145
E. matthew.gilliham@adelaide.edu.au

Associate Professor Matt Tucker
Deputy Director, WRI
T. +61 8 8313 9241
E. matthew.tucker@adelaide.edu.au


Carolyn Mitchell
Executive Officer, WRI
T. +61 8 8313 4184
E. carolyn.mitchell@adelaide.edu.au

Keryn Lapidge
Waite Science Communicator, WRI
T. +61 8 8313 7073
E. keryn.lapidge@adelaide.edu.au

Partner Details


Getting to the root of soil parasite infections in wheat

Waite researchers have uncovered how a common parasite affects wheat crops by applying new technology to address an old problem. Using high-resolution 3D imaging, PhD student Kara Levin discovered how cereal cyst nematodes interfere with plant root development to hijack water and nutrient flow.

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