Research reputation

The University of Queensland is ranked as one of the world’s top universities for agriculture and food sciences research. UQ News Online. The University of Queensland is in 2016 ranked 55 in the World.
It was ranked as the top agricultural research institution in Australia and the Asia-Oceania region and 7th in the world in the 2015 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities.
With an agricultural and forestry subject world ranking of 17 out of more than 1200 universities in the prestigious 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities, UQ outperforms all other Queensland universities and figures in the top three nationally for its research and teaching in the agricultural sciences. 
UQ's agriculture (ranking 17) and environmental science (ranking 12) are highly ranked in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by subject, establishing the strength of these disciplines on the world stage.
The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 national report on Australian universities confirmed the quality of the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences research with plant biology, genetics, horticultural production and environmental science and management ranked as being ‘well above world standard’. Other research strengths within the School such as soil sciences, crop and pasture production and food science were ranked as being ‘above world standard’, while animal production research was rated as ‘world standard’. 

"UQ outperforms all other Queensland universities and figures in the top three nationally for its research and teaching in the life and agricultural sciences."

Research expertise

UQ is globally recognised as a leader in the following areas of agriculture and food sciences research: 

Biotechnology and Biosciences
  • Biofuels
  • Plant Genomics
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Plant Genetics
  • Molecular Plant Sciences
  • Microbial & Fungal Pathogenicity
  • Animal Genetics
  • Bioinformatics
Environment, Biodiversity and Sustainability
  • Environmental Management & Rehabilitation
  • Water Management
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Plant Protection
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Tropical Forest Science and Restoration
  • Wildlife & Exotic Species
Food and Health
  • Food Safety
  • Food Processing & Technology
  • Animal Health & Welfare
Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems
  • Plant & Animal Improvement
  • Soil & Land Resources
  • Agribusiness


Staff in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences have published more than 2000 peer reviewed articles in the past five years. All published articles are available to view here

Competitive research grant success

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences has a strong track record in attracting national and international competitive grant funding, including the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC).
A great strength of the School is its long-standing partnerships with industry, government and communities, which is reflected in our success in attracting ARC Linkage funds.
A multi-disciplinary approach is at the core of all research undertaken by the School and is reflected in the extent of national and international collaborations.
A full list of all research projects being undertaken at the School of Agriculture and Food Science is available here
A selection of current ARC and RIRDC projects is shown below.  

Assessment of legume tree Pongamia pinnata as a biofuel source. Industry partner: BioEnergy Plantations Pty Ltd and Stanwell Corporation. (2012-2015, $1,168,000)

Evaluation of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens H57 as a probiotic for livestock. Industry partner: Ridley AgriProducts. (2012-2015., $529,000)

Nanostructured dairy powder for improved functionality. Industry partner: Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd. (2011-2014, $275,000)

Optimising transgene expression and stability for enhanced sugar yield and high-value sugar production in sugarcane. Industry partner: Sucrogen. (2007-2012, $3,586,766)

Characterising genetic variation in Brassica napus. Industry partner: NSW Government, Bayer Crop Science (Belgium) and the Australian Genome Research Facility. (2009-2012, $849,057)

Smarter fermentations through starter culture genomics. Industry partner: Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd. (2012-2014, $333,000)

NextGen Sorghum: Genomic approaches to novel renewable bioproducts. Industry partner: QLD Government. (2010-2013, $324,000)

Mapping recombination blocks in Brassica. Industry partner: Bayer BioScience N.V. (2011-2014, $1,111,760)

Stabilisation of algal biomass harvested from coal seam gas associated water to generate a renewable, high nutrient resource. Industry partner: Australia Pacific LNG Pty Ltd. (2012-2015, $118,700).

Monitoring and evaluating Moreton Bay and its catchments as a socio-ecological system. Industry partner: QLD Government and South East Queensland Traditional Owners Alliance. (2010-2012, $249,786)

A Novel Rheological and Chewing and Swallowing model for the Smart Design of Texture Modified Foods for Increased Aged Health. Industry partner: Two Short Giraffes Pty Ltd. (2009-2012, $370,000)

Clean fuels for the future: Scale up and optimisation of microalgal oil production and biodiesel synthesis. Industry partner: North Queensland & Pacific Biodiesel Pty Ltd. (2009-2012, $495,000)

Next generation metagenomics. Industry partner: Biomatters Ltd (NZ). (2009-2012, $399,000)

New Brassica crop species through evolutionary breeding – Dr Annaliese Mason. (2012-2014, $375,000)

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