WRI Research Webinar Series
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!
Everyone is welcome – webinars are generally scheduled at 11am on Thursdays, with some exceptions. Registration is required. Recordings of some of our webinars are available to watch below.
Dr Steven Lapidge
Fighting food waste for a sustainable food future – how is Australia performing?
Thursday 1 October 2020, 11.00am
Australia produces enough food to feed 75 million people, three times our population, and yet 5 million people a year across Australia are still food insecure. The FAO reports that 35% of the food grown in Australia is lost or wasted, which amounts to 298kg per person per year right along the supply chain. This makes Australian’s amongst the worst food wasters in the world. This presentation will outline the ten global interventions required to achieve a more sustainable and equitable food future and how Australia is performing against them.
Dr Huajian Liu
Hyperspectral technologies for plant phenotyping
Thursday 8 October 2020, 11.00am
Among many plant phenotyping methods, hyperspectral imaging (HSI) is the fastest growing and promising approaches for measuring multiple plant parameters. There are many types of HSI sensors available with each being designed for a specific purpose. Also, the same sensor could be set up and calibrated in different ways to measure different plant parameters on various platforms. This presentation aims to provide a general guide for the users of HSI technologies in the society of plant phenotyping.
Watch recordings of some of our past webinars below.
Professor Rachel Burton: Tales from the Hemp Cage
Professor Rachel Burton is from the University of Adelaide's School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the Waite campus, where she is Head of the Department of Plant Science. Rachel is a plant scientist and molecular biologist whose research interests range from cell wall components in barley and plantago, to biofuel production, to which plants are good for your gut. In this talk, Rachel brings us 'tales from the hemp cage', and tells us about her work and recent research trials with industrial hemp at the University of Adelaide. Presented on Thursday 20th August 2020.
Dr Nicholas Collins: Personal strategies for taming the climate change beast
Dr Nicholas Collins has worked as an Agricultural researcher at the Waite campus for about 20 years, including most recently in the “ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for wheat in a hot and dry climate”. In this presentation, Nick describes simple steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint, focussing on strategies with the highest impact. The good news is that many of these actions can be cathartic, healthy, money-saving or just plain fun. Presented on Thursday 27th August 2020.
Assoc Prof Stuart Roy: High value genes for enhancing wheat yield
Stuart is a Associate Professor in the Plant Genomics Group at the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine, University of Adelaide, and the Director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Wheat in a Hot and Dry Climate. This presentation covers work carried out as part of the International Wheat Yield Partnership, established to address the challenge of raising the genetic wheat yield potential of wheat by 50% in the next 20 years. Presented on Thursday 24th September 2020.