Murdoch agriculture research delivers global food solutions

August 21, 2017

Grain yield: Murdoch researcher Dr Camilla Hill will be among the presenters at the Symposium

Grain yield: Murdoch researcher Dr Camilla Hill will be among the presenters at the Symposium

Identifying grain pests and ways to sell meat to China will be among key developments in agriculture research that will be showcased at Murdoch University on Friday 1 September.

Featuring presentations by leading scientists and research students, the Murdoch Agricultural Research Symposium will bring together industry and government experts, policymakers, farmers, researchers and students from across Western Australia.

Incoming School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Dean, Professor Richard Harper, said the symposium reflected the breadth of expertise at Murdoch.

“We have world-leading researchers across animal, crop and pasture production, crop protection and meat quality,” Professor Harper said.

“Their findings and advice are providing solutions to problems locally, nationally and globally in agriculture.

“The symposium gives us the opportunity to share the findings of our research projects with our collaborators, funders and the farmers who put our discoveries into practice.”

Symposium presentations will include:

  • Game-changing meat scanning technology, known as DEXA (dual x-ray absorptiometer technology) developed by Murdoch and Scott Automation and Robotics.
  • New biotechnology tools to improve and protect crops that could revolutionise food production and sustainability.
  • The latest pork research.
  • Impacts of climate change in the south west of WA on cereal crop and wine production.
  • Improving the grain yield of barley.
  • New identification tools for the khapra beetle – one of the world’s most destructive insect pests for the grain industry.
  • Impacts of mob size and stocking rate on lamb survival.
  • Tailoring Australian sheep meat to better suit Chinese and American markets.
  • An overview of a recent undergraduate student study tour of Chinese meat-processing facilities, sponsored by the Federal and State Governments.

The Symposium will take place on Murdoch’s Perth Campus from 8am-6pm in the ECL1 lecture theatre. The free event will be catered, including a sundowner.

To attend, please reserve your place via the Agricultural Symposium website.

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