The Waite Research Institute (WRI) stimulates and supports research and innovation across the University of Adelaide and its partners that builds capacity for Australia's agriculture, food and wine sectors.

Research with Impact

The WRI’s broad vision is to to drive the innovation to secure a sustainable future for Agriculture - by creating high-quality, nutritious and climate resilient products. We do this not in isolation, but in close partnership with the agriculture, food and wine sectors.

To achieve our goals, we invest in outstanding researchers across multiple scientific disciplines; and we provide them with advanced facilities to support both new strategic initiatives and established strengths.

In a climate of limited natural resources, higher energy costs, and increasing urbanisation and environmental degradation, the WRI’s work in supporting global food security and agricultural sustainability is critically important. 

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The Waite Research Precinct hosts several R&D organisations, nodes and centres enabling synergies, critical mass and a rich network of collaborations.

Our research

Waite science has direct impact on the quality and resilience of some of our most important crops, on farming practices and on end product development.


The WRI aims to raise awareness of both agricultural science and the unique Waite precinct through business development and communication support.

GM Crops - FAQ

We answer some of the frequently asked questions about growing genetically modified crops in South Australia.

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WRI Research Webinar sereis

This webinar series showcases the excellent research our members, affiliates and collaborators are undertaking across the agriculture, food and wine sectors. Expand your network and find new collaborators!

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WRI Seed Project Funding 2019

The WRI has announced a total of $250,000 in seed funding for 15 projects across the agrifood and wine research spectrum.


Join our research precinct

The University is seeking new partners that are strategically aligned to its research and teaching capabilities and facilities at the Waite. 

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