From Camden to Narrabri, our farms have researchers and students based all over New South Wales.
Camden Show kicks off two days of family fun on the 5 April, with animal shows, produce tents and rodeos. Researchers from the University of Sydney will be presenting some of the cutting edge research from Camden campus. Ever wondered who designs the diet of chickens, what the inside of a cow looks like, or how to keep wheat healthy? Come and find our researchers as they showcase the wonderful world of science.
“Plant agriculture is facing many challenges from climate change and disease,” explains Michelle Demers, PhD student at the Plant Breeding Institute, “so at the Camden Show we will be presenting how our research is at the forefront of protecting our crops in the face of adversity, while securing our food supply in a changing world.”
“People will learn about the effects that climate change and diseases have on our crops, and what steps we are taking through our research to keep producing strong and healthy plants.”
And there is something for everyone; “Families can see some of our crop plants up close and explore plant pathogens through a microscope.”
We talked to Sonia Liu, Senior Lecturer in Poultry Nutrition, and asked her what research she will be showcasing at Camden. “I will be showing how we can secure future chicken meat supply by using sustainable nutritional strategies”.
“I’m hoping to dispel some myths about the Australian chicken-meat and egg industry, and show people what we feed chickens and how we go about it”
“Children and students will be able to experiment with different combinations of ingredients, put together a take-home plate of chicken feed, and learn how each ingredient benefits the health, welfare and environmental sustainability of chicken-meat production.”