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Outblooming the competition

Nanango State High School outgrew all the competition in this year’s annual Sunflower Competition, taking the overall grand champion and an additional four awards.

Turner family sets up $18.5m wildlife centre with UQ

Queensland philanthropists and tourism entrepreneurs Graham and Jude Turner have joined forces with The University of Queensland to establish a multi-million-dollar conservation project at Hidden Vale, an hour west of Brisbane

Alumnus boosts research to save our little Aussie gliders

Research aimed at better understanding and ensuring the survival of Australia’s endangered mahogany gliders...

UQ a great place to study environment and agriculture says latest global uni rankings

The University of Queensland has cemented its place as the top university in Australia for environmental sciences, and agriculture, in the QS World University Rankings by Subje...

UQ serves up new Food Science Innovation Precinct

Australia’s food-centric culture will benefit from a new $1 million facility at The University of Queensland.

Growing ideas for a better future

UQ is leading a vital agricultural partnership between research institutions and industry to increase efficiency in crop plant breeding, ultimately helping to overcome global food shortages.

Beating mineral deficiency through agriculture research

A University of Queensland PhD candidate is investigating how a common vegetable could be used in the fight against one of the leading factors of disease in the developing world – zinc deficiency.

'Probiotics'on salad greens could make them safer, healthier

Friendly bacteria may be introduced to bagged salad leaves to help ward off the possibility of salmonella and listeria outbreaks. University of Queensland researchers have entered a partnership with Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited to investigate the proposal.

Three rising stars join ARC College of Experts

SAFS researcher joins ARC College of Experts - Professor Susanne Schmidt is among three University of Queensland professors appointed to the Australian Research Council College of Experts for 2017.

Jeremy is creating change through Food Science

As Head of Technical and R&D Manager at Flavour Creations, Jeremy Betros helps create nutritional solutions for people with swallowing disorders (dysphagia) and who have difficulty maintaining a healthy weight.

When cabbages get stressed they adopt human solutions

Plants get stressed and send defensive signals in the same way humans do, researchers from The University of Queensland have found.

Agricultural awards recognise commitment to regional Australia by UQ students and graduates

Students and graduates from the University of Queensland’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences have dominated the

UQ welcomes Queensland’s first Chief Entrepreneur

The University of Queensland has welcomed the appointment of alumnus Mark Sowerby as Queensland’s first Chief Entrepreneur.

Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited founder Mr Sowerby’s appointment was announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday.

Coconut researcher to compete in global competition

University of Queensland PhD student and Australia Awards Scholarship recipient Quang Nguyen knows his coconuts, and is working to help farmers increase coconut crop production during global climate change

Student Achievements recognised at Awards Ceremony

Student award recipients and their family, staff, donors and industry guests gathered for the 2016 School of Agriculture and Food Sciences Scholarship, Prizes and Awards ceremony held at St Lucia recently.

UQ leads the way with wildlife research

The University of Queensland is a leader in wildlife science with the best specialist animal research and veterinary facilities in the southern hemisphere, including a $3.5 million captive breeding facility which is part of a new conservation project in south-east Queensland.

The eyes have it: revealing the secrets of cow emotions

Cows that pass you on the right might be giving you the “evil eye”, according to an international study that could help cattle breeders reduce animal stress and anxiety levels.

UQ students "meat" high judging standards

Winning the overall championship prize, at the 27th Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Awards

UQ plant breeding expertise recognised globally

UQ's expertise in plant breeding has been recognised by a $3.8M grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to evaluate and improve breeding programs in developing countries. School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Dr Chris Lambrides, leads the project.

Soil increasingly at risk from household products

Changing Australian soil conditions are exposing crops to silver nanoparticles, which are widely used in household products, a study led by The University of Queensland has found.

Chelsea Stroppiana, SAFS honours graduate, wins national award

Chelsea Stroppiana, a recent Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) graduate, has won the Ag Institute Australia (AIA) National Student Award for 2016. This award is competed for annually by undergraduate students who complete an honours research project as part of an agricultural science degree.

Prawn spawn secrets unlocked in 3D images

Discovering the secrets of how one of the world’s most popular prawn species produces sperm and transfers it to create the next generation could help free aquaculture from reliance on brood stock from the wild.

Fulbright Scholarship Information at UQ

Interested in Research or Study in the U.S.? UQ will be hosting an information session presented by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission about their upcoming 2017 scholarship round at St Lucia on 3 May 2016.

Next generation of plant scientists grow their way to the top

Glasshouse Christian College students were crowned Grand Champions for 2016 with their sunflower weighing 2.023kg as more than 200 high school students battled it out to take home the title of top sunflower grower during The University of Queensland’s annual Sunflower Competition, which finished with a weigh-in day at the University’s Gatton campus

Saltwater crocodile sperm may hold secret to male infertility

Saltwater crocodiles may help solve male infertility after a remarkable discovery that crocodile sperm, after leaving the testes, behave differently than previously thought.

Tiger poo pregnancy test nothing to sniff at

A non-invasive pregnancy test for tigers developed at The University of Queensland has played a key role in the latest tiger cub births at Dreamworld on Queensland’s Gold Coast. UQ reproductive biologist Dr Tamara Keeley analysed the faeces of Dreamworld’s nine-year-old tiger Nika to confirm her two pregnancies last year.

Award Recognises Researcher

One of our PhD candidates, Angela Lees, was presented with the Ralph Hood Award for 2015 from Animal Health Australia in recognition of her research on improving health and wellbeing for feedlot cattle. The award recognises leadership potential and a strong commitment to improve animal health in Australia.

Bachelor of Applied Science transition to new degrees

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences is offering new undergraduate programs in 2016: Bachelors of Equine Science, Sustainable Agriculture, Veterinary Technology and Wildlife Science. Those students in the existing Bachelor of Applied Science program are able to transition to these degrees if they choose to do so.

Grains expert receives industry excellence award

A University of Queensland plant scientist has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to grain research in Australia. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) presented its Recognising and Rewarding Excellence Award to Professor Mike Bell.

Regenerating forests create important carbon sinks in the Philippines

A University of Queensland (UQ)-led study is among the first in the world to systematically assess the amount of carbon stored in tropical forests recovering after controversial land-clearing practices in the Philippines.

Agricultural Science Students Abroad

Three weeks in Indonesia sounds like a great way to spend the winter holidays, with seeing new sights, trying new foods, and experiencing new culture. But the group of Agricultural Science students gained so much more when they embarked on their recent journey abroad.

Time to apply for scholarships

There is a wide variety of scholarships available to new and continuing students studying within the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences. Students are encouraged to view the available Scholarships for Semester 1, 2016 and if eligible, apply. Applications are open now and many close on 28 March 2016.

SAFS tutor EOI now open

Expressions of interest are now open for those wishing to be a tutor with the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences.

Scholarships News: Apply Now

There are many scholarships open at this time of year for undergraduate and postgraduate students. It would be a shame to miss an opportunity. Please check the SAFS, Faculty of Science and UQ Scholarships pages.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

An information session about the Winston Chruchill Memorial Trust will be held Wednesday, March 30 2016 at UQ’s St Lucia campus.

Maria Vasas Foundation Equine Science Honours Scholarship

Mr Laurence Crawley from the Maria Vasas Foundation recently visited the Equine Unit at UQ Gatton. He is pictured with Poppy Sibthorpe and Tracey Fischer, both recipients of the Maria Vasas Foundation Equine Science Honours Scholarship. The SAFS Research herd is generously supported by the Foundation.

Sustainable Palm Oil Production Symposium

Sustainable Palm Oil Production: A Scientific Perspective Symposium to be held in Brisbane 18 February 2016.

Moggill Markets Prize creates opportunities for young agricultural researchers

Moggill Markets has been generously supporting research opportunities for agricultural science research students at The University of Queensland through cash prizes

Students get up close and personal with Australian animals

Sixty-three Bachelor of Applied Science (Wildlife) students increased their knowledge of Australian fauna including kangaroos, echidnas, gliders and koalas at a School of Agriculture and Food Sciences residential school in late September.

Bright Agricultural Minds win Prestigious Awards

Two of the School's brightest agricultural minds have been awarded the prestigious Bell and Bryan medals for 2015. The medals commemorate two of Queensland’s most influential agricultural figures Dr W. W. Bryan and Arthur F. Bell.

Book prize to UQ scientist

Professor Bhandari, who has invented a range of novel food processing techniques, is the co-editor of Food Materials Science and Engineering, which shares the thinking and new directions of some of the world’s most distinguished food scientists with the next generation of researchers.

International Year of Soils

2015 is the International Year of Soils. Soil is a non-renewable resource. Its preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future.

New facilities officially opened for semester 2 teaching

The official opening of the Plant Industries Building at UQ Gatton was held last week to celebrate Stage 2 of the refurbishment of the existing building which was built in 1967. Jim Madden, MP for Ipswich West and current President of the UQ Gatton Past Students Association officially opened the building alongside Professor Neal Menzies and Professor Alan Rix.

Rare baby a testament to roo poo study success

Mupee is the first Lumholtz tree kangaroo to be born into Dreamworld’s Australasian captive management program.

UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences reproductive biologist Dr Tamara Keeley worked with Dreamworld staff to investigate potential breeding problems in a female Lumholtz tree kangaroo.

Honours Week

Are you interested in completing your studies with an honours year to further your research interests? Come to our School Honours Information and Research Poster Display events held on Monday 31st August 2015 from 12 - 2pm at Gatton and Wednesday 2nd September from 10am - 12pm at St Lucia.

Valedictorian sees sustainable agriculture as important to our food security

Valedictorian, Shona Wood, has made a career transition from being a chef to an agricultural scientist, with a common interest in food in both careers. Shona came to UQ as a mature age student, attracted by its reputation for great research in agriculture.

Awards Night for 2015

The inaugural Scholarship and Prizes Award Ceremony for the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences was held on 19 May in the Hamon Centre, Gatton Campus. Donors and recipients, together with School staff, attended the ceremony. Representatives of the donors who attended the night presented awards as did Professor Neal Menzies on behalf of other donors and the School. The evening was compèred by Associate Professor Jim Cavaye.

2015 Sunflower Competition Winners

Sunflower competition winners, Downlands College, regained the title by winning both the heaviest and tallest sunflower prizes with a 2.69 metre tall sunflower weighing in at 3.54 kilograms. Downlands College held the title in 2012 and 2013.

Undergraduate and Honours Students Invited to S4S Conference

The conference streams will focus on food, ethics and environment with the underpinning notions of sustainability, design and innovation.

BCFN Young Earth Solutions Competition

Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation has launched its BCFN Young Earth Solutions (BCFN YES!) competition

Research into disease-resistant avocados is rewarded

Dr Alice Hayward receives the 2015 Minister’s Award at the Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture

The University of Queensland's Sunflower Competion

School students compete in the Sunflower Competition to see who can grow the largest and heaviest sunflowers

NAB Agribusiness Rising Beef Champion 2015

Applications close 31 May 2015 for the NAB Agribusiness Rising Beef Champion

2015 Scholarships

Keep an eye on the Scholarships page. Applications open on 2nd March 2015 and close on 23rd March 2015.

UQ researchers have found ways to measure & classify the therapeutic properties of honey

Researchers tested a range of honey samples for antimicrobial activity and found different levels of antimicrobial properties

The UQ-TUM Symposium

The University of Queensland is currently collaborating with the Technische Universität München (TUM) on a new Research Symposium that will focus on “Innovative Solutions to Key Global Challenges: Water, Environment and Sustainability”. It will be held in Munich from 11-12 June 2015. The Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) will provide up to 8 grants of $3,500 to support UQ participation in the symposium.

Scientists hope for new era in weed control with development of Parkinsonia-targeting bioherbicide

Scientists at the University of Queensland in Gatton hope stopping the spread of woody weeds in Australia could be as simple as prescribing a pill. Researchers are preparing to produce a pilot batch of a bioherbicide.

Scientists put the squeeze on avocados so you don't have to

Professor Daryl Joyce and his research team from the University of Queensland in Gatton have been tracking avocados from the packing sheds all the way to kitchens to find the cause of bruising.

Wildlife hospitals save 16,000 animals in four years

Birds are the most commonly rescued wildlife in Queensland, with the laughing kookaburra among our hardiest species, according to new research from The University of Queensland’s Gatton Campus.

New Probiotic Features on Landline

Landline featured a segment on animal probiotics on Sunday 27 July. Wayne Bryden, Xiuhua Li, and Peter Dart appear along with David McNeill from Vet Science and Matt Callaghan from Ridley AgriProducts as our industry partner. Matt Callaghan is a Masters degree graduate from the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, who was supervised by Dennis Poppi.

Research hub to boost dairy product innovation

Longer-lasting Australian dairy products with high nutritional value will soon be available in Australia and overseas, thanks to a major industrial research initiative. The University of Queensland (UQ), together with The University of Melbourne, the Australian Research Council and Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd, has formed a Dairy Innovation Hub.

SAFS 3MT heats a success

Congratulations you to all those who participated in the SAFS 2014 3MT across both Gatton and St Lucia campuses Thursday 10 and Friday 11 July 2014. We had eight participants at Gatton on Thursday and nine participants at St Lucia on Friday.

FEAST of Opportunities

84 High School students had an action packed five days taking part in the five day residential camp, FEAST (Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology). They enjoyed hearing from keynote speakers, taking part in activities and tours and also having a full night time schedule that included a UQ Sport challenge, taekwondo, trivia and a semi-formal dinner.

ACIAR Inception Meeting

New ACIAR project (CSE-2012-077) ‘Mechanization and value adding for diversification of lowland farming systems in Lao PDR and Cambodia’ was launched last week with a Lao inception meeting on the 3-5th July. The project led by Shu Fukai, has a strong UQ team including Jaquie Mitchell, Jonathan Newby, Bhesh Bhandari and Rob Cramb and have partnered with the lead agricultural research organizations in Laos and Cambodia (NAFRI and CARDI).

UQ Student Awarded for Scientific Research

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences would like to congratulate Sharif Ahmed Mukul (PhD candidate) on being awarded the Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA) Young Scientist Research Award.

Boosting productivity of smallholder farms in Nepal, India and Bangladesh

Working in partnership with local and international stakeholders, the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences is working to boost the productivity of smallholder farms in Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

‘Extinct’ bat rediscovered after 120 years in the wilderness

A Papua New Guinea bat species thought to be extinct has been rediscovered by a team of University of Queensland researchers.

Research Communication on Display

Everyone is welcome to come along hear the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences heats of the SAFS 3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®).

Equine students meet up on the other side of the world

Aijing Liu, a SAFS student who was recently awarded her MPhil in Equine Reproductive Endocrinology was excited to see a familiar face in Kentucky when she unexpectedly met up with Luke Gilbert, an undergraduate in Equine Science at an industry dinner.

Apply for a Science Awards grant

Grants of up to $22,000 are available across 11 Award categories including biosecurity; cotton; dairy; fisheries and aquaculture; grains; established, new and emerging rural industries; pork; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology; meat and livestock and wool.

Sorghum sugar signals sweet success

Queensland Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts Minister Mr Ian Walker presented the award to the researchers at a ceremony this week. The project, Sweet sorghum for valuable sugars, aims to produce a high-value “healthy” sugar by using sweet sorghum as a biofactory.

Bursary to kick-start farming career

University of Queensland Gatton student Emily Warwick is making plans for her career in agriculture thanks to a $5,000 bursary from the Queensland Agriculture Teachers’ Association Award for Excellence in Agricultural Science.

UQ serves up award-winning research

Millions of starving people across the globe could benefit from the work of a UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences student.

Graduate awarded prestigious internship

Jazmine Skinner who graduated with First Class Honours in Equine Science in 2013 has been successful in gaining one of only three year-long internships to work in Lexington, Kentucky with Kentucky Equine Research.

Food Research at UQ

The Federal Government has selected The University of Queensland as one of four universities that will train future scientists to lead food industry transformation and innovation.

Bright future on the horizon for UQ Gatton student

Future Agronomist Michael Wellington has received the support of industry and government through a Horizon Scholarship valued at $5000 a year for the duration of his University of Queensland Agricultural Science degree. Mr Wellington was thrilled at winning the scholarship which will provide financial support, industry placement and networking opportunities with other agriculture students and professionals.

Study to probe farm impacts of CSG development

Researchers at UQ are seeking landholders with practical knowledge and experience of coal seam gas development on their land to help identify successful co-existence strategies.

Endeavour Mobility Grants for 2016

Applications for the 2016 Endeavour Mobility Grants close 10 July 2015. Sponsored by the Australian Government, who want more Australian students to study overseas as part of their Australian qualification, the grants are available to undergraduate and postgraduate students who may want a semester's study abroad or something more short term.

Threat to banana industry central to UQ student research

A University of Queensland (UQ) student project examining one of the greatest threats to worldwide banana production has received significant funding from a leading plant pathology society. Ms Elizabeth Czislowski, an Honours student with the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences (SAFS), received financial support from the Advancing Plant Pathology Fund - Australia (APPF) which was established by the Australasian Plant Pathology Society, together with significant funds from the Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Plant Biosecurity.

UQ International Online Fair

We know choosing the right international university for your study is an important decision. That is why we would like to invite you and your parents to join us online at The University of Queensland Online Fair on 14 May 2014.

Department of Agriculture Graduate Development Program now open

Applications for the 2015 Department of Agriculture Graduate Development Program are now open and will close on 14 May 2014.

UQ Gatton Careers Fair opens doors

University of Queensland students learnt about the plethora of work experience and graduate job opportunities at UQ Gatton Careers Fair.

GattonConversations takes off

Don't miss the next meeting! This innovative community is specially designed to bring first years together with staff to have meaningful conversations, that lead to better outcomes for students. The aim is to assist students starting out at Gatton studying with The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences.

global experiences expo

Learn about the international opportunities available to you, including UQ Abroad student exchange, short-term programs, internships and volunteering. The Global Experiences Expo will be held on Tuesday 1 April 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm in the Holt Room at the Student Union Complex (Building 21C).

Sex in the Wild hits the US

Dr Stephen Johnston, Senior Lecturer at the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, has contributed to the making of Sex in the Wild. Recently released in the US, this documentary captures and explains animal reproduction in vivid detail.

Job Demand Hits a High for Ag Course Graduates

Job demand hits a high for ag course graduates. Agriculture is the employment "promised land" for the up-coming crop of university graduates.

Careers Fair 2014

Join us at this year's Careers Fair. Discover graduate prospects and exciting postgraduate research opportunities within Agriculture and Food Sciences. It’s an exciting time to be a researcher in science; the ways in which we can collect, analyse and share information are transforming our understanding of the world from the sub-atomic to the global. Scientific discovery and the application of science is vital if we are to meet the global challenges of sustainable energy production, feeding a growing world population, maintaining health and well-being, and managing the impact of climate change on our environment.

UQ Tops Agriculture and Environmental Science in Australia

Three jobs for every agriculture student, says Gatton Campus director

QAAFI Science Seminar

QAAFI in association with The Univerisity of Queensland will present a series of seminars over the coming months. This seminar, presented by Dr Vickers, will outline how advanced systems and synthetic biology tools are being used to examine processes such as beer brewing, and build molecular tools for biomass utilisation and production of industrially-useful biochemicals in the isoprenoid family.

The Horizon Scholarship 2015

School leavers looking to start an agriculture-related university degree are being encouraged to apply for the prestigious Horizon Scholarship.

Bilby toothache answered by advanced technology

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