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December 2015
Cotton - Because it's Worth it   View Summary
14 December 2015
A cotton crop being harvestedAnti-ageing; age-defying; reversing the ageing process. Try Googling these terms and agricultural cotton production does not feature in the search results, but a new study from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, the CSIRO Agriculture Flagship and Macquarie University points to some positive results in increasing cotton yields by giving cotton a dose of the elixir of youth in the form of aminoethoxyvinylglycine, or AVG.
Training the next generation of Russian Soil Scientists   View Summary
9 December 2015
The Director of the Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute, Dr Andrey IvanovProf. Budiman Minasny and Dr. Brendan Malone were invited to the Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute in Moscow, Russia to provide training and expertise to young graduate level Russian soil scientists.
Let's Talk About Big Data    View Summary
9 December 2015
A group photo of the C9-Go8 forum participantsTwo postgraduate students from the University of Sydney were identified as potential leaders in their field and selected to present their research at the sixth annual C9-Go8 forum in Nanjing, China last month.
Samuel Coggins (Bachelor of Science in Agriculture) named New Colombo Plan Fellow   View Summary
3 December 2015
New Columbo Plan ScholarsAdvancing a shared understanding of the Australian and Indonesian legal systems, and supporting educational exchanges with the Maldives are the goals of two University of Sydney New Colombo Plan fellows, announced this week.
November 2015
4 per 1000: Soil Carbon to mitigate Climate Change   View Summary
13 November 2015
Carbon sequestration rate according to the 4 per 1000 initiative.Australia's per capita CO2 emissions are one of the highest in the world. However Australia has the largest agricultural land, and there is an opportunity to offset emissions following the 4 per 1000 initiative.
Wheat disease-resistance gene identified, potential to save billions   View Summary
12 November 2015
Associate Professor Harbens Bariana in a field of wheatAn international team of scientists has identified a gene that can prevent some of the most significant wheat diseases—creating the potential to save more than a billion dollars in lost production in Australia each year.
Vale Martha Masango   View Summary
11 November 2015
.Martha Masango was a PhD candidate from Malawi on a prestigious Australia Awards scholarship researching ways to reduce Aflatoxin contamination in groundnuts in the Malawian supply chain. She first came to the Faculty in 2012 on a postharvest short course and decided then to pursue her PhD at The University of Sydney.
October 2015
Dr Tanya Latty recognised with prestigious Young Tall Poppy Science Award   View Summary
27 October 2015
Winners of the 2015 Tall Poppy AwardsDr Tanya Latty is among five researchers from the University of Sydney who have been recognised with prestigious Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.
Three new Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering   View Summary
15 October 2015
Professor Robert ParkThree University of Sydney researchers have been named as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering on 14 October 2015.
Food for the Future Conference - a Fruitful Collaboration with the University of Padova, Italy   View Summary
2 October 2015
Conference delegates at the Darlington Centre.The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment was privileged to welcome 11 Academic colleagues from the University of Padova, Italy to the inaugural Food for the Future conference last week.
September 2015
University of Sydney achieves runner-up in crops competition   View Summary
30 September 2015
The University of Sydney achieves runner up in crops competitionA team of third and fourth year Bachelor of Science in Agriculture students from the University of Sydney have placed second overall in the Grain Growers Limited 2015 Universities Crops Competition.
Vale David Pulsford   View Summary
18 September 2015
David Pulsford, alumnus and industry leader in nitrogen fixation, has passed away.
July 2015
Associate Professor Balwant Singh delivered the George Brown Lecture at EUROCLAY2015   View Summary
21 July 2015
Associate Professor Balwant SinghAssociate Professor Balwant Singh has delivered the George Brown Lecture at this year's Euroclay meeting.
University of Sydney brings home the bacon in annual meat judging competition   View Summary
17 July 2015
University of Sydney student participants and coachesFifteen students from the faculties of Veterinary Science and Agriculture and Environment at the University of Sydney have brought home the bacon after a hard fought battle in the 26th annual Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition, held at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW.
Scientists from Kenya and Tanzania visit cropping areas in Narrabri   View Summary
8 July 2015
A delegation of 15 Fellows from Kenya and Tanzania is visiting the cropping region around Narrabri.A delegation of 15 Fellows from Kenya and Tanzania will visit the cropping region around Narrabri to learn about farming systems in northwest New South Wales.
Workshop on Sustainable Intensification of rice-based systems provides food for thought   View Summary
6 July 2015
Workshop attendees standing in a rice fieldThe sustainable intensification of rice-based systems in the Lower Mekong region was the focus of a workshop convened by the University of Sydney and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in May.
June 2015
Forging an international research collaboration to secure soils for posterity   View Summary
25 June 2015
Group photo of the workshop participantsUniversity of Sydney research fellows visit National Taiwan University (NTU) to provide training and expertise in advanced methods of digital soil mapping.
Making securing the worlds soil a global imperative   View Summary
9 June 2015
Attendees of the first Global Soil Security SymposiumSecuring our soil to sustain our supply of food, water and energy were just four of the catena of seven global challenges discussed at the first Global Soil Security Symposium hosted by Texas A&M University at the end of May 2015.
May 2015
Sustainable agriculture boosted in new ARC Research Hub   View Summary
22 May 2015
University of Sydney will be home to one of four multimillion-dollar ARC hubsThe University of Sydney will play home to one of four multimillion-dollar Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Hubs announced by Education Minister Christopher Pyne.
Distinguished alumnus shortlisted for Advance Award   View Summary
20 May 2015
Distinguished alumnus, Dr Peter Carberry, has been shortlisted for an Advance Award in the area of Food and Agriculture.
Student visits flour mills in Asia after winning the Australian Universities Crops Competition   View Summary
11 May 2015
Genevieve Clarke visited the flour mills of Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia courtesy of Graingrowers, after winning the Australian Universities Crops Competition in 2014
Decades protecting world's crops yields the Clarke Medal for Professor Park   View Summary
6 May 2015
Professor Robert ParkProfessor Robert Park wins Clarke Medal in botany for his work on protecting the security of crops worldwide.
April 2015
Nicholas Tooth (B. Agricultural Economics 2014) Remembered   View Summary
20 April 2015
Nicholas ToothThe Faculty of Agriculture and Environment would like to extend its condolences to the family of graduate, Nicholas Tooth. Nicholas studied Agricultural Economics from 2009-2013, graduating in 2014. Nicholas was a valued member of the Faculty family. Our deepest sympathies to his family and to his wider circle of friends. Vale Nicholas.
Faculty Student is Runner-up in Prestigious Award   View Summary
2 April 2015
Chris Russell Medal of Excellence PresentationUniversity of Sydney graduate, Olivia Agar has placed as a runner-up in the prestigious Chris Russell Medal of Excellence, awarded at the Sydney Royal Easter Show on Tuesday 31 March 2015.
New Australian-African consortium formed to tackle food security challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa   View Summary
2 April 2015
AAUN participantsA new consortium to focus on innovative agricultural research and enterprises in Sub Saharan Africa was formed during a multilateral workshop held in Nairobi on 23 and 24 February 2015
March 2015
Discovery holds promise for gene therapy and agriculture    View Summary
17 March 2015
Dr Rodrigo ReisA fundamental question pursued by plant scientists worldwide for the past decade has been answered by researchers led by the University of Sydney.
February 2015
Australian agri-food systems: a look to the future   View Summary
26 February 2015
Prof Les CopelandThis paper, commissioned by the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, considers how international universities are responding to the new challenges and opportunities in in this area.
January 2015
Stable Isotopes in Biosphere Systems 2015 Workshop   View Summary
28 January 2015
SIBS Workshop 2015The workshop (1-8 February) will start with introductory classes and an overview of equipment, and will progress to more detailed information and applied content. It will take place at the Centre for Carbon, Water and Food.
Extending the GlobalSoilMap to India   View Summary
22 January 2015
Workshop participantsTo celebrate the International Year of Soils, a National Soil and Water Networking Workshop was held at IIT, Kharagpur, India from 4-8 of January 2015.