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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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New research puts bugs to the taste test

Edible crickets

Researchers at the University of Adelaide are embarking on a new study to develop more accurate and consumer friendly descriptions for one of the most sustainable and high protein food sources on the planet, edible insects.

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Consumers hungry for information on new ways of producing food

Bulls

Consumers want to learn more about new ways of producing food, even if the technologies used to produce those foods are broadly acceptable to the public.

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Further action on cadmium needed for global food safety

tractor

An international group of leading fertiliser and soils experts have published a major review of the status of the toxic heavy metal cadmium in agricultural systems around the world.

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Burnside bins to lead in understanding food waste

wheelie bins

University of Adelaide researchers are about to dive deep into green, red and yellow household bins in the City of Burnside to understand food waste behaviour through micro-auditing the contents and tracking seasonal variations.

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Stop! Grand theft water.

An international team of researchers led by the University of Adelaide has developed a new method to better understand the drivers of water theft, a significant worldwide phenomenon, and deterrents to help protect this essential resource.

An international team of researchers led by the University of Adelaide has developed a new method to better understand the drivers of water theft, a significant worldwide phenomenon, and deterrents to help protect this essential resource.

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Dietary guidelines incompatible with global targets

Fruit and vegetables image

A team of researchers, including the University of Adelaide, has found most dietary recommendations provided by national governments are incompatible with global health and environmental targets such as the Paris Climate Agreement, and are in need of reform.

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Understanding behaviour around food waste

Image of a household food waste bin

A new research project aims to understand household behaviours around food waste in order to reduce the amount of food sent to landfill. It will promote a circular economy where the nutrients from food waste go back into the compost industry, and ultimately save greenhouse gas emissions from damaging our climate further when food waste rots in landfill.

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Food scientist is new head of agriculture, food and wine

Professor Martin Cole

An internationally recognised food scientist has been appointed the new Head of the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.

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