Agricultural science students examining plants in greenhouse

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Chinese winemaker Zhang Jing (pictured right) recently spent a month at the Waite as the 2017 Visiting Winemaker, lending her experience and insight to the School’s viticulture and oenology students. Jing is winemaker and co-owner of high-altitude winery Chateau Helan Qingxue in northwestern China’s Ningxia region.

The Crawford family established the Walter, Carew and Richard Reynell Fellowship in 1975 to honour the contribution of the Reynells to Australian winemaking and to perpetuate the memory of two sons tragically lost through two World Wars. (more…)

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Oat varieties that have grown well in saline or sodic soils in a growth room and greenhouse screening study will now be tested under field conditions.

The project has attracted just under $250,000 funding over 2 years and 8 months from the South Australian Grain Industry Trust Fund (SAGIT).

Researcher Dr Graham Lyons (pictured right) from the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, said the project aims to demonstrate which commercially available Australian oat varieties are relatively saline/sodic tolerant, and which overseas-bred varieties could be used by breeders to further improve the current tolerant Australian varieties. (more…)

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Urgent works are being performed at Waite to trees located on Cross Road and Waite Road that have been identified as having high risk of structural failure.

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DECRA Fellow, Dr Jayakumar Bose, attended this year’s Science Meets Parliament – an annual event that brings 200 of Australia’s leading scientists and technologists together with parliamentarians.

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Stephanie Watts-Williams

Sunlight and water are two obvious requirements essential for healthy growth of plants, but did you know that zinc is also a vital ingredient? Zinc is a critical nutrient in hundreds of enzyme systems which are necessary for normal plant function. Zinc is also critical for human health – in fact, zinc is involved in […]

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Native furrow bee pollinating canola photo M Edwards

The University of Adelaide, working with South Australian industry groups, is helping farmers and growers design and implement native plantings to support bee and other insect populations needed to pollinate their crops and orchards. This is the first such project in Australia – expected to be a win-win for both growers and biodiversity, with enhanced […]

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Congratulations to Waite researchers Dr Caitlin Byrt and Dr Natoiya Lloyd, recipients of the 2017 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

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Dr Jennifer Gardner OAM retired last week after more than 30 years of invaluable contribution to the Waite Historic Precinct in her position as Curator of the Waite Arboretum, creative developer of the Urrbrae House Gardens and custodian of the Waite Conservation Reserve

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Applications invited for a PhD project with the ARC Wheat Hub focusing on germplasm development of wheat for genetic diversity

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For the third year, the School of Agriculture Food and Wine hosted a delegation of students from the Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University in the Shaanxi Province, China

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