Re­search will help on farms

Central and North Rural Weekly - - ACTION ON ENERGY -

KNOWL­EDGE and tech­nol­ogy in agri­cul­tural fields are ad­vanc­ing rapidly – de­liv­er­ing many in­sights and de­vices that help im­prove yields, sus­tain­abil­ity and ef­fi­ciency.

A new re­port from the Univer­sity of West­ern Aus­tralia’s In­sti­tute of Agri­cul­ture cov­ers the past year’s re­search con­ducted through the world-renowned fa­cil­ity.

De­signed for both the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity and agri­cul­ture in­dus­try read­ers, the An­nual Re­search Re­port 2017 is the eleventh an­nual re­search re­port since the In­sti­tute was re-es­tab­lished in 2007, and pro­vides an over­view of UWA’s agri­cul­tural re­search, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing in a re­gional, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional con­text.

The re­port cov­ers the va­ri­ety of col­lab­o­ra­tive, multi-dis­ci­plinary and cross-fac­ulty re­search ac­tiv­i­ties that are be­ing car­ried out across six key re­search themes – Crops, Roots and Rhi­zo­sphere; Sus­tain­able Graz­ing Sys­tems; Water for Food Pro­duc­tion; Food Qual­ity and Hu­man Health; Agribusi­ness Ecosys­tems; and En­gi­neer­ing In­no­va­tions for Food Pro­duc­tion. The sixth re­search theme, En­gi­neer­ing In­no­va­tions for Food Pro­duc­tion was es­tab­lished in early 2017 and is co-led by Dr An­drew Guz­zomi and Pro­fes­sor Dilusha Silva from the Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­i­cal Sci­ences and In­sti­tute of Agri­cul­ture.

In­sti­tute di­rec­tor Hack­ett Pro­fes­sor Kadambot Sid­dique said the new re­search theme fo­cussed on pro­vid­ing en­gi­neer­ing so­lu­tions to agri­cul­ture for sus­tain­able growth of net farm-yield, re­duc­tion of wastage, and min­imi­sa­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

“A recog­nis­able and iden­ti­fi­able agri­cul­tural en­gi­neer­ing theme presents ex­ten­sive op­por­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween farm­ers and agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery man­u­fac­tur­ers with UWA in order to un­der­take re­search and de­vel­op­ment fo­cused on bring­ing about com­mer­cial in­no­va­tion,” Pro­fes­sor Sid­dique said.

Other re­search ar­eas have in­cluded strate­gies to map and man­age frost risk at farm scale, chick­peas hos­pho­rus min­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and more.

You can down­load an elec­tronic copy at www.ioa.uwa.edu.au

The Univer­sity of West­ern Aus­tralia's In­sti­tute of Agri­cul­ture has re­leased its an­nual re­search re­port. PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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