Monthly Archives: January 2011

Stock Journal’s Legends of Agriculture

Perry Gunner
Mr Perry Gunner (photo credit – StockJournal)

Rob Lewis
Professor Rob Lewis (photo credit – StockJournal)

Chairman of the WRI Board, Mr Perry Gunner and WRI’s Manager for Strategic Projects, Professor Rob Lewis both recently featured amongst the Stock Journal’s 10 Legends of Agriculture article – for the full story please visit the Stock Journal website for the articles on Perry Gunner and Rob Lewis.

School’s Research Given Maximum Scores in National Assessment

Waite Main Building, Waite Campus

On Monday 24 January 2011 the Federal Government released the results of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise. This was an assessment of the quality of research in all subjects in all Australian universities. The outcome for the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food & Wine (AFW) was outstanding – it scored 5, the maximum possible score, for the overarching area of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences as well as 5s in the following discipline areas:

  • Plant Biology
  • Crop and Pasture Production
  • Horticultural Production (which includes the School’s research in viticulture and oenology as well as other horticultural crops)
  • Soil Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics (to which the School’s food research group contributed)

A score of 5 is defined by ERA as indicating the research is well above world standard, and the full list of all scores can be found at the ERA website.

The outcome for the School confirms that its research is at the highest international level and secures its reputation as the foremost place for agricultural research in Australian universities.

I would like to thank everyone at in the School and on the Waite Campus for their individual and collective contributions to this magnificent outcome.

Mark Tester at TEDx Adelaide – Video

The Media from TEDx Adelaide has become available, Professor Mark Tester, Director, The Plant Accelerator, Waite Campus (University of Adelaide) was one of the speakers at the event held in November, 2010. You can watch his talk in full below or at his page on the TEDx website.