Department of Plant and Food Sciences

The department of Plant and Food Sciences brings together scientists from within the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment who are interested in fundamental and applied research associated with broad acre and horticultural production systems. The Department is multidisciplinary and scientists are located across the Camperdown, Camden and Narrabri campuses. The Department provides the critical mass needed to address key issues facing agriculture today. Research is focused around the following themes:

  1. Peri-urban and urban agriculture: food production in the high-rainfall zones close to large urban centers and within urban areas.
  2. Crop adaptation: farming systems, cultivar suitability in variable environments, integrated pest management, mitigation of biotic & abiotic stresses, grain quality, and water management and water use efficiency.
  3. Nutrition: the agronomic and genetic enhancement of plant, animal and human nutrition.
  4. New technologies in agriculture: the development of new tools that cut across disciplinary areas.

Post-graduate training centered on these themes will equip scientists with the skills, knowledge and networks required to lead research. Major sponsors of CFS are the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the Pork CRC, the Australian Research Council and Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL).

A/Prof Robyn Mcconchie

A/Prof Robyn Mcconchie

Robyn has interests in a range of post farm-gate activities from postharvest, food safety, quality assurance, value adding and linking farmers to markets through supply chains....

Dr Rosalind Deaker

Dr Rosalind Deaker

Roz is interested in the efficacy of microbial inoculants applied to crops as sustainable alternatives to chemical inputs...

Dr Helen Bramley

Dr Helen Bramley

Helen’s research applies biophysical and ecological principles to understand adaptive responses of crop plants to changes in their environment....

A/Prof Luciano Gonzalez=

A/Prof Luciano Gonzalez

A/Prof Gonzalez is interested in improving profitability and productivity of livestock systems along with animal welfare, sustainability and rural life. ..

Dr Davinder Singh

Prof Michael D'Occhio

His research has centred on gaining a better understanding of the biological processes that regulate metabolic and reproductive function in animals ...

A/Prof Richard Heath

A/Prof Richard Heath

Richard continues to be interested in how to use Precision Agriculture technologies to make better agronomic decisions...

Professor David Guest

Professor David Guest

My research is driven by my fascination with the complex interactions between plants and other organisms, in particular how plants recognise and respond to potential pathogens...

Dr Tom Roberts

Dr Tom Roberts

Tom's research concerns a variety of plant proteins, their properties, roles in the plant, and functionality in foods. ..

Contact

Associate Professor Robyn McConchie, Head of Department
Phone: +61 2 8627 1045
Email: robyn.mcconchie@sydney.edu.au
For Administrative Support
Phone: +61 2 8627 1018 or 9351 8800
Email: pfs.admin@sydney.edu.au