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December 2011
Students discover the exciting world of Agriculture at this year's Camden Campus Open Day!    View Summary
14 December 2011
Camden Open DayAn enthusiastic group of around 240 Yr 9 & 10 students and staff from High Schools in the Macarthur District visited the University of Sydney Camden Campus on Friday, November 18th for the 2011 Camden Campus Open Day for schools
Delivering statistical forecasting in Mexico   View Summary
12 December 2011
Workshop attendeesWater security is a major issue in both Mexico and Australia and strongly linked to future food security and development. The aim of this project is to train Water Managers at IMTA and its parent CONAGUA to use novel statistical hydrological and forecasting methods to better manage water resources now and in the future.
Lending a helping hand to develop African soil information   View Summary
2 December 2011
Visiting African Soil ScientistsSix West African soil scientists are visiting the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources to undertake intensive training in digital soil mapping coordinated by the University of Sydney's Associate Professor Inakwu Odeh. The visiting fellows are sponsored by AusAID as part of the Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships program.
November 2011
Burning Issues book is on fire   View Summary
23 November 2011
Burning issuesMark Adams has co-authored a new book that explores the science and politics of bushfires.
SOwFI Conference wrap up   View Summary
23 November 2011
SOwFI conferenceOver 3 days in early November, students undertaking a 4-year degree program with the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources extended their learning experiences by presenting their research project findings at the Faculty's 4th year student conference - Stepping Out with Fresh Ideas (SOwFI).
Saving cereals: Colin Wellings wins Farrer Medal for cereal rust research    View Summary
15 November 2011
Associate Professor Colin WellingsAssociate Professor Colin Wellings, from the Plant Breeding Institute in the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, has spent over 30 years saving our cereals with his research on cereal stripe rust and will receive the Farrer Medal for his world-renowned research on 16 November 2011.
Forget broadband - where's the money for broadacre?   View Summary
11 November 2011
Prime Minister Gillard with our PhD students Kanika Singh and Brendan MaloneWhilst taking a well-earned coffee break from their research on soil carbon, Faculty of Agriculture PhD students Kanika Singh and Brendan Malone had an unexpected brush with Prime Minister Gillard.
Probing plants, pets and pests   View Summary
9 November 2011
Camden Open Day, 18 November 2011Local school students become scientists at University of Sydney's Camden Open Day, on 18 November 2011.
Science in the Bush hits Narrabri!   View Summary
8 November 2011
Science in the Bush NarrabriFaculty staff have just returned to the University after a hugely successful trip to Narrabri for Science in the Bush.
Faculty presents leading research at TEDx talks   View Summary
8 November 2011
Prof John CrawfordProf John Crawford and Ichsani Wheeler presented their research at TEDxDubbo. TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.
Food Security and Biosecurity Symposium   View Summary
3 November 2011
Adjunct Associate Professor Coling WellingsProtecting our crops: the interaction between food security and biosecurity. To be presented as a joint event with 2011 Farrer Memorial Medal.
October 2011
Mobile tests for carbon   View Summary
31 October 2011
Professor Mark AdamsProfessor Mark Adams, from the University of Sydney, launched the country's first mobile flux tower, which measures atmospheric carbon levels.
Measuring how fast soil grows   View Summary
30 October 2011
Dr Uta StockmannA recent PhD graduate from Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources has been awarded one of Australia's most prestigious science awards, the 2011 CG Stephens PhD Award in Soil Science.
Unexpected bequest a boost for agricultural sustainability   View Summary
21 October 2011
Agriculture RD Watt BuildingResearch into sustainable agricultural science has been given a huge boost with the announcement of a major bequest...
SOwFI Conference    View Summary
18 October 2011
SOwFI ConferenceThe Faculty's fourth year honour students will present their honour research project findings.
Undergraduate Scholarship Applications Open    View Summary
14 October 2011
Undergraduate studentsOur faculty is offering a variety of Undergraduate scholarships. Have a look on our scholarships page on the website.
Faculty Postgraduate Research Scholarships available   View Summary
7 October 2011
PG StudentsApplications are invited for our Faculty's Postgraduate Research Scholarships
September 2011
Do you have an idea to make a difference?   View Summary
22 September 2011
Invention challengeEntries are closing soon for the $70,000 The Australian Innovation Challenge awards. The awards are aimed at finding Australia's next big inventions in fields ranging from clean energy technology through agriculture to astronomy.
AGRICULTURE BALL 2011   View Summary
19 September 2011
Agriculture Ball 2011To celebrate the end of the academic year the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Professor Mark Adams, warmly invites all students, staff, and Alumni to attend the Agriculture Ball 2011.
Equity Access Scholarships for 2012    View Summary
19 September 2011
Equity Scholarships 2012Equity Access Scholarships for 2012 available to new or continuing students
Academics warn of looming seam-gas 'mess'   View Summary
19 September 2011
Professor Alan RandanllAlan Randall, professor of agricultural resource economics at the University of Sydney, said the long-term risks of damaging the nation's precious water and food supplies are likely to outweigh the short-term benefit of allowing the industry to expand unchecked.
Midwestern US Conservation Farming Tour - Travelling through the 'corn-belt' of the US   View Summary
19 September 2011
USA field tripTogether with Andrea Koch, Program Leader of the Soil Carbon Initiative for the United States Studies Centre at The University of Sydney, Uta Stockmann had the unique opportunity to join a 'Conservation Agriculture' bus tour across the 'corn belt' of the US with a group of Australian farmers as well as staff from government departments.
Top of the crops: Edward Jones wins the 2011 Australian Universities Crops Competition   View Summary
12 September 2011
Winner Edward JonesEdward Jones, a third year Bachelor of Science in Agriculture student in our Faculty, is the winner of the 2011 Australian Universities Crops Competition, held at Temora, NSW, on 10 and 11 September 2011.
50 GOLDEN YEARS OF WHEAT   View Summary
6 September 2011
Narrabri PBI location50 Golden years of wheat, Narrabri Dinner and Field day, 4 and 5 October 2011
August 2011
Two of our Faculty's students awarded scholarships by the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation   View Summary
29 August 2011
Rural The recipients were George Quigley and Laura Rumph
New line in irrigation making the Grand Final on The New Inventors   View Summary
18 August 2011
A/Prof Greg Leslie and Prof Bruce Sutton with James O'LoghlinA remarkable irrigation system that uses salt water and the natural energy produced by plants made it to the Grand Final of The New Inventors.
Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Career Pathways   View Summary
16 August 2011
Monica Gill and Emily TubsMaster of Agriculture student, Monica Gill has been selected as one of two students to attend the prestigious PMA Conference in the USA in October
Research Centre Upgrade   View Summary
16 August 2011
PBI Narribri, new building constructionA multi-million dollar upgrade of the research facilities at the Plant Breeding Institute at the IA Watson Centre in Narrabri is underway.
Research Symposium podcasts available, including the 3 Minute Thesis Challenge   View Summary
15 August 2011
Research Symposium 2011Friday the 8th of July marked a discussion of one of the greatest issues facing our generation - can our environment keep bouncing back?
Wheat Rust Threat   View Summary
10 August 2011
Stem rust of wheat can cause complete crop failureAn article covering a new threat to global wheat production and featuring the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Plant Breeding Institute's Professor Robert Park, was aired on ABC1 TV August 4th.
Plants may lose less water under global warming than expected, scientists find   View Summary
4 August 2011
Field experimentUniversity of Sydney soil scientist Dr Feike Dijkstra was one of a group of researchers who found that higher levels of CO2 in the atmosphere caused leaf stomatal pores in grass species to partially close, lessening the amount of water that can escape.
Sydney Science Forum: Soils to Society - The unseen power beneath our feet   View Summary
2 August 2011
Sydney Science ForumSoil is not just a mysterious underworld, but a critical part of the system that fosters human life. Find out how human health is intrinsically linked to soil health, and how we are in danger if we don't effectively manage soil, at Professor John Crawford's free Sydney Science Forum talk at the University of Sydney on Wednesday 3 August 2011.
July 2011
Careers in Agriculture Night   View Summary
29 July 2011
Lida photoMeet a variety of employers in agriculture and hear them give their insights into what it's really like to work in this diverse workforce, the variety of opportunities available and how students can apply for jobs.
Win for agriculture resource economist   View Summary
27 July 2011
Dr Niggol SeoResource economist, Dr Niggol Seo has been awarded the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association's (AAEA) prestigious Outstanding Article Award for his publication focussing on climate change and South American farming.
Solar panels inspire new wheat plant architecture   View Summary
19 July 2011
Dr Carina Moeller at the Narrabri field day in 2010A gene that affects canopy achitecture is giving scientists a new breeding tool to better adapt wheat to water-contrained environments.
Faculty Symposium 2011 - a resounding success   View Summary
13 July 2011
Resilience Symposium 2011Individuals from the areas of agricultural science, resource economics, environmental policy, primary industries and students were presented with the views of nine leading academics and challenged to think wider about the resilience of our social and natural systems.
Transforming agriculture with real options   View Summary
12 July 2011
Agriculture grantA project aimed at determining the thresholds at which Australian farmers may need to transform their industry in response to climate change has secured University of Sydney researchers a prestigious $250,000 national grant.
Building momentum for rural placement opportunities across the University    View Summary
12 July 2011
Farm walkersIn a number of professional disciplines, the engagement of undergraduate students with rural communities through work placements and field trips represents a key pathway for graduates, some of whom will commence their careers in these rural areas where shortages of professionals are endemic.
Three Minutes in the Spotlight   View Summary
12 July 2011
RS2011Inaugural Faculty 3MT. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Challenge provides an opportunity for higher degree by research students to communicate their research to a wider, non expert audience.
June 2011
Two of our Students represent Sydney at world forum   View Summary
30 June 2011
Vilas Gobin, Anders Sangkuhl and Professor Anton McLachlanTwo Sydney agriculture students have taken part in the AC21 Student World Forum in Bangkok, studying at first hand how Thailand is tackling the challenge of promoting sustainable rural development.
What controls flowering in Waratahs - Deja vu for the faculty?    View Summary
29 June 2011
WaratahA postgraduate research opportunity is now available working with the iconic Australian flower, the waratah. This is part of the research collaboration between NSW Wildflower Industry, RBG Trust, RIRDC and the University of Sydney.
2011 Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Alumni Award Recipients   View Summary
27 June 2011
Our CampusThe 2011 Faculty Alumni Awards will be presented at the annual Alumni Awards Cocktail Reception, on Friday 29 July at 6.30pm, in The Great Hall.
Masterchef 'Sustainability' Challenge   View Summary
24 June 2011
Assoc. Prof. Coling Wellings and his wife being served on MasterchefAssociate Profofessor Colin Wellings and his wife featured in a recently screened episode of the current Masterchef series, on the theme of sustainability
ARC Linkage Grant success   View Summary
10 June 2011
IrrigationProfessor Alex McBratney and Dr. Budiman Minasny in cooperation with Darren Kidd (TAS) have received funding for their project in soil and sustainable irrigation in Tasmania.
May 2011
Prizes and Awards   View Summary
31 May 2011
Scholars Reception 2011More than 300 students, distinguished alumni, supporters, friends and family recently attended the Faculty's annual Scholars Reception
Living Cultures in Glass: Entropy, Agriculture and Post-Glass   View Summary
11 May 2011
SCAResearchers and artist collaborate on living art exhibit.
The National Soil Science Curriculum is apace   View Summary
9 May 2011
Forum participantsThe development of a National Curriculum for Soil Science moved a step closer with the holding of the third forum hosted by the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources on the 28 of April.
Resilience: Can our environment keep bouncing back?   View Summary
3 May 2011
RS2011You may have heard of the environment 'bouncing back' quickly from a disaster. But how much can our environment take?
April 2011
Pesticide ban threatens world food security, expert warns   View Summary
21 April 2011
Kiwi fruitFood supplies for millions of people and the crops of millions of farmers are at risk if an international meeting next week in Geneva decides to implement a worldwide ban on a commonly used pesticide, Professor Kenney warns.
Agricultural Science Student Wins RIRDC Scholarship    View Summary
14 April 2011
One in six hundred scholarshipsOne of the Faculty's first year Bachelor of Science in Agriculture students, Richard Quigley has been awarded an Investing in Youth Undergraduate Studentship Program 2011 Scholarship by the Rural Industry Research and Development Corporation.
Professor Mark Adams on fire risks and management in Victoria   View Summary
12 April 2011
Back burningProfessor Mark Adams has written an opinion paper of his views regarding fire risks and their management in Victoria's high country.
Scholars' Reception 2011   View Summary
4 April 2011
MacLaurin HallJoin staff, students and graduates of the Faculty at our annual awards ceremony for prizes and scholarships.
March 2011
Woolworths business scholarship 2011   View Summary
28 March 2011
One in six hundred scholarshipsWoolworths is offering 30 young Australians the opportunity to attend the 2011 Woolworths Agricultural Business Scholarship program.
Research Symposium 2011 - Resilience   View Summary
8 March 2011
RS2011The Faculty announces the annual Research Symposium and host international keynote speakers.
ACLEP Digital Soil Mapping Training - The University of Sydney 21-23 February 2011   View Summary
3 March 2011
ACLEPThe Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Program (ACLEP) arranged for the world leading Sydney University to deliver an introductory DSM training course to a number of federal and state agency representatives.
Wheat disease a threat to global food security   View Summary
2 March 2011
Soil securityScientists believe stem rust, which looks like red dust on wheat, could threaten global food security.
February 2011
A/Prof Colin Wellings awarded with the 2011 "Seed of light"   View Summary
28 February 2011
A/Prof Colin WellingsDr Colin Wellings, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Plant Breeding Institute Camden, has recently received the 2011 'Seed of Light' award from the Grains Research and Development Corporation.
Research aims to turn soil into dollars   View Summary
28 February 2011
Dr Lachlan IngramResearchers are exploring ways to store carbon in the soil on Coolringdon a 3,500 hectare working property south of Cooma
Global soils uncovered at Bogor meeting   View Summary
17 February 2011
Soil scientists in Bogor, Indonesia, 7-9 February 2011The University of Sydney is behind a global initiative to bring soil knowledge into the digital age and help the international battle to secure food resources and tackle climate change.
RD Watt Centenary Lecture 2011   View Summary
16 February 2011
Professor Steve ArcherThe inaugural RD Watt Centenary Lecture will be held on Thursday 10 March 2011 in MacLaurin Hall, The University of Sydney.
Australia must lead global move towards soil security   View Summary
12 February 2011
Soil securityTop international soil scientists have called on Australia to lead the world in increasing soil carbon for improved soil security.
Commonwealth Supported Masters Coursework Places   View Summary
7 February 2011
campusFirst Commonwealth Supported Places in the University of Sydney's Masters of Agriculture means 70% reduction in fees and no upfront fees for students
January 2011
Leading minds to discuss pathways to increasing soil carbon   View Summary
31 January 2011
USSC starThe Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Sydney in collaboration with the United States Studies Centre, as part of its Dow Sustainability Program, will host leading soil and plant scientists from the USA, Canada, Europe, UK and Australasia as they discuss one of the great challenges facing the world: the restoration of carbon depleted soils in order to ensure future food production and mitigate climate change.
Dams not always the answer to flooding   View Summary
13 January 2011
Warragamba DamThe current deluge and floods near Brisbane fills us all with shock and awe. Clearly, such events demonstrate the high variability of the Australian climate and the power of the water. Care for the affected people in the area is the first priority. However, the deluge has rekindled the debate about dams. Calling for the building of new dams is not a good response to a very wet La Nina year.
Undergraduate scholarships still open   View Summary
7 January 2011
leafThinking of studying with us? We are still accepting scholarship applications. Hurry, closes soon!