At the University of Adelaide, we have researchers across five faculties working to innovate across the cycle of agrifood and wine production, processing and distribution, including:

  • researchers working in crop and animal production, developing new kinds of healthy grains and pulses and new breeds of livestock;
  • economists performing economic and supply chain analysis;
  • wine researchers that cover the entire spectrum from grape to glass, including wine business and marketing;
  • engineers focusing on processing and production improvements;
  • health scientists working on improved nutrition and functional and healthier foods; and
  • researchers in arts and social sciences looking at food appreciation, food labelling and the perception of genetically modified foods.

Our academic staff work closely with food and wine producers and industry to make sure their innovations are ready for application and commercialisation.

Agrifood and Wine capabilities

The University of Adelaide has an eminent 130-year history of research and teaching in food, wine and agriculture.

Today, over 250 academic staff are involved in agrifood and wine education and research across the five faculties of: Sciences; Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences; Health Sciences; Professions; and Arts, including 75 professors.

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Meet the Director

Professor Andy Lowe is the Director, Agrifood and Wine. In this position, Prof Lowe builds relationships and works closely with industry and government partners across the food sector to identify joint innovation and training opportunities and help improve research translation.

Prof Lowe has a research background in plant genomics, particularly the monitoring and management of genetic and biological resources. He leads a group of 40 scientists, has leveraged over $100M in funding over the last 10 years and has published over 200 scientific publications. Furthermore, Prof Lowe has collaborated with over 300 researchers across some 100 institutes and 30 countries.

He has extensive experience commercialising research, and is Chief Scientific Officer of Double Helix Tracking Technologies, a Bioknowledge start-up headquartered in Singapore that uses DNA and chemical technologies to verify the source of origin of timber and fibre products in global supply chains.