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Super seven shine light on STEM opportunities

Six of the seven Superstars of STEM stand together and smile into the camera.

Seven outstanding women researchers from the University of Adelaide have been recognised among Australia’s Superstars of STEM for 2023-24.

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Harnessing rainwater for self-sufficient veggie gardens

Harnessing rainwater for self-sufficient veggie gardens

With the rising cost of living and vegetables becoming more expensive, University of Adelaide research has found that 65 per cent of Adelaide homes can grow enough vegetables to become self-sufficient by using their own rainwater.

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Agricultural student wins national award

James Easter delivering a talk.

University of Adelaide student James Easter has been recognised as the 2022 Agricultural Student of the Year at a gala ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday.

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University’s Tall Poppies stand tall

Qi, Zohra, Jiawen, and Tatiana stand and smile at the University of Adelaide.

A University of Adelaide expert has been named as the South Australian Young Tall Poppy of the Year for their work to help ensure food security for future generations.

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Straightening out kinky roots captures carbon and avoids drought stress

Barley swaying in the wind.

Researchers have discovered a new gene in barley and wheat that controls the angle of root growth in soil, opening the door to new cereal varieties with deeper roots that are less susceptible to drought and nutrient stress, thus mitigating the effects of climate change

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Riverland bootcamp boosts AgTech innovation

A man wearing glasses and gloves picks citrus fruit off a tree.

Innovative AgTech ideas will be at the forefront of a bootcamp in the heart of South Australia’s Riverland that brings together the best minds from local businesses, agriculture and schools.

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Symposium grows urban mini forest knowledge

Edwina Robinson smiles amongst a mini forest in Canberra.

The Miyawaki Miniforest movement, which connects biodiversity and community, will be the focus of a two-day symposium that brings together experts from across the world.

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Higher wheat yields and protein content on the horizon

Wheat grows in a field.

A team of international researchers has discovered a way to produce higher quality wheat. The scientists from the University of Adelaide and the UK’s John Innes Centre have identified a genetic driver that improves yield traits in wheat, which unexpectedly can also lead to increasing protein content by up to 25 per cent.

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What will astronauts eat on Mars?

The window of a space shuttle shows the view of a planet.

Forget rocket science: figuring out how crews of space explorers will access fresh healthy food is the real challenge.

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Digging deep to unlock soil secrets

A photo of a prosperous field with clouds overhead.

Researchers from the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the research division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA), will examine soil DNA samples collected over the past 20 years to improve productivity, profitability and resilience for Australia’s agricultural sector.

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