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This week on Harvest: grapevines, nitrogen and food security

This week on Harvest , we’ll be talking to Associate Professor Brent Kaiser from the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine about his research on nitrogen uptake and utilisation in plants as well as the Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology program in the lead-up to the University’s Open Day

We’ll be continuing our ‘Grape to Glass’ segment by heading a little further up the plant with a look at grapevine physiology, and we’ll also be continuing our look at Food Security when we talk to Dr Andrew Jacobs from the ACPFG about the role that science plays.

We’ll also be having our regular look at some of the agriculture, food and wine stories in the news. Join us from 3.00pm to 4.00pm SA time on 101.5 FM in Adelaide, on digital radio or online at https://radio.adelaide.edu.au/

Podcasts of the interviews will be available after 5.00pm SA time at https://radio.adelaide.edu.au/program/harvest/

I’m a Scientist. Get me out of here!

IAS Australia Logo April 2011 (FINAL)

Between the 11th and the 22nd of March, 15 scientists in 3 ‘zones’ will be battling for a $1000 prize. And they will face the toughest judges in the world: school children.

I’m a Scientist. Get me out of here! is a reality show-inspired activity that gets school children talking to scientists using blogs and moderated instant messaging chats.

The event is supported by teaching resources that develop students’ inquiry and communication skills, deepens their understanding of science and relates strongly to the ‘Science as Human Endeavour’ topic within the Australian National Science Curriculm.

Scientists who have participated in the program report that the experience develops their communication skills and re-energises them about their own research.

More than 1600 students from across Australia are taking part in this I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! Originally conceived in the UK, the program is now in it’s fourth year in Australia.


Associate Professor Brent Kaiser

For the first time, there will be an ‘Agriculture’ zone in the program. Associate Professor Brent Kaiser, (pictured right) from the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, will be going head to head with four other agricultural scientists, including Chief Scientist with ABARES, Dr Kim Ritman.

To stay in touch with the program, look for updates on the I’m a Scientist. Get me out of here! webpage or follow @IASAus on Twitter. We wish Brent all the best and may he be the last scientist standing!

New ARC Linkage Projects to increase plant nutrient use efficiency and yield

Waite researchers have once again attracted significant funding through the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects Scheme. Linkage Projects encourage collaboration between University researchers and industry to develop solutions to key challenges and provide economic and social benefits.

“These new Linkage Projects represent significant new investment in research at the Waite” said Waite Research Institute Director, Professor Roger Leigh. “Both projects involving Waite researchers have the potential to deliver significant benefits to Australia’s agricultural sector and I personally congratulate all of the researchers involved.”

The new ARC Linkage Projects for 2011 involving the Waite researchers are:

“Transport systems that underpin nitrogen efficient maize”

Dr Brent N Kaiser, Prof Stephen D Tyerman, Dr Kanwarpal S Dhugga, Dr Jan A Rafalski

Nitrogen applications to grain crops are a major determinant of grain yield and quality. Greater efficiency in the use of nitrogen will contribute to more sustainable grain production systems. This project aims to identify plant-based processes involved in nitrogen use by maize. It will define the nitrogen transport network underpinning in the uptake, storage and redistribution of inorganic nitrogen (nitrate and ammonium) over the developmental life cycle of maize. This information will provide novel insight into the genetic control of nitrogen use in maize and other cereal crops.

Partner organisation: DuPont Pioneer

Value: $750,110 over 5 years

“Improving yield through image-based structural analysis of cereals”

Prof Anton J van den Hengel, Prof Mark A Tester, Dr Anthony R Dick, Dr Joerg Vandenhirtz

Feeding an increasing world population under the threat of climate change requires the development of new plant varieties capable of delivering higher yield in more marginal conditions. This project will develop image-based technologies for accurately estimating plant yield which will improve the effectiveness of plant breeding processes.

Partner organisation: LemnaTec GmbH

Value:$475,000 over 5 years

The Waite Research Institute congratulates these ARC Linkage Project recipients and all of the successful researchers at the University of Adelaide.

For more information on successful ARC Linkage Projects, see the University of Adelaide’s media release and the ARC’s Linkage Project Funding Outcomes