Two of the study plots

The myth that modern wheat varieties are more heavily reliant on pesticides and fertilisers than older varieties has been debunked by new research.

18 June 2019
Dr Louwrens Hoffman

University of Queensland researchers are investigating the use of maggots, locusts and other alternative proteins in a range of specialty foods.

1 May 2019
Professor Henry is conducting the first gene-editing experiments to effectively produce biofuels and bioplastics

Gene-editing sugarcane for use in renewable energy and bio-plastics could help secure the industry’s future.

11 March 2019
Couch smut (Ustilago cynoditis: Leif Forsberg, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

University of Queensland researchers are working on a new project to keep smut off our playing fields; but it’s not the kind of smut that first comes to mind.

24 January 2019
Professor Robert Henry ... Australian wild rice "tastes good and we believe it may have more beneficial health qualities than other rice species”.

Wild rice growing in northern Australia’s crocodile-infested waters could help boost global food security, say University of Queensland researchers who have mapped its genetic family tree.

23 January 2018
Consumers will soon be eating gene-edited foods that have added nutrients.

Consumers will soon be eating gene-edited foods that have added nutrients, potatoes that do not turn brown, and mushrooms with a longer shelf life, scientists at The University of Queensland predict.

9 November 2017
Australian wheat traditionally attracts a high price in the market

The discovery of genes that determine the yield of flour from wheat could increase milling yield, boosting food security and producing a healthier flour.

31 October 2017
One research project aims to develop crop yield prediction systems using satellite data and biophysical crop modelling. iStockphoto

University of Queensland research projects to develop better batteries for renewable energy and a way of predicting crop yields from space have been funded under a joint Queensland-China scheme.

17 October 2017
Professor André Drenth

The University of Queensland’s Professor André Drenth will be one of the first scientists to participate in a new Indonesian Government program that aims to strengthen Indonesia’s global research collaborations and boost food security.

4 October 2017
Science Minister Leeanne Enoch and Dr Lee Hickey

Grain research technology that will help combat food shortages stemming from climate change and a burgeoning world population have helped a young researcher claim the title of Advance Queensland Young Tall Poppy Scientist of the Year.

14 August 2017
Grey Brahman bulls

The genes of 50 top bulls have been sequenced in an effort to understand how genes from temperate cattle have influenced important production traits in the modern Brahman breed.

15 February 2017
Professor Neena Mitter ...  discovery will provide an environmentally sustainable alternative to chemicals and pesticides

A University of Queensland team has made a discovery that could help conquer the greatest threat to global food security – pests and diseases in plants.

10 January 2017
Tim O’Hare invented SuperGold sweet corn, a variety that protects against macular eye degeneration

​Fruit, vegetables and nuts with particular health-giving benefits will be the focus of a $10 million research project at The University of Queensland.

23 November 2016
Professor Robert Henry ... discovery turns half a century of plant biology on its head

A new photosynthesis discovery at The University of Queensland may help breed faster-growing wheat crops that are better adapted to hotter, drier climates.

17 August 2016

The University of Queensland and Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries researchers have developed a clean and safe insecticide to combat nuisance flies in cattle feedlots, using spores of a naturally occurring fungi.

21 January 2016

A nutritionally-enhanced sweet corn developed at The University of Queensland to help prevent blindness in the elderly has won a national innovation award.

1 December 2015
PhD student Hannah Robinson

In a world first, researchers from The University of Queensland have identified a key gene in barley that enables the plant to access water stored deep in the soil during droughts.

28 October 2015
Louisa Parkinson.

She chose plant science because she wanted to “feed the world”, and now University of Queensland student Louisa Parkinson is the face of the University’s new advertising campaign.

5 August 2015

Grain growers across Australia face a high risk of reduced wheat harvests this winter due to a strengthening El Niño event, a University of Queensland plant science expert warns.

7 July 2015
Wheat growing in Cecile Richard's clear-plastic pots

A University of Queensland scientist has developed a method to help grain growers become more resilient to expected changes in climate.

9 April 2015