While lupins have been a source of human and animal nutrition for thousands of years, they can come with a sting in the tail. So-called 'bitter lupin' varieties contain toxic alkaloids that can affect nervous, circulatory and digestive systems.
Five times larger than the human genome and more complex, the wheat genome has finally been sequenced by an international team that included UWA researchers.
Australian scientists have improved rice productivity by selecting rice varieties that are better at capturing sunlight to produce grains, instead of reflecting it as heat.
Technological advances have enabled Australian wheat farmers to offset the effects of climate change in the past 25 years; however, a reduction in yield potential over that time indicates a future risk to the $5 billion industry, CSIRO research has found.
In a breakthrough that could lead to the development of drought-proof crops, research led by ANU has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress.
In Australia and New Zealand, close to 100% of our diets and agricultural systems are based on 'non-native' crops. In fact, 'foreign' crops dominate national food consumption and farming practices worldwide with nearly 70% of the crops contributing calories, fat and protein in a country's diet historically originating elsewhere.
Huge recalls cause huge damage to brands, profitability and even viability — and 4500 million kg of flour is a huge recall.
The expanding middle class in Asia could result in an increase in Australia's wheat exports income from $5.7 billion to $7 billion by 2030.
An algae shake and a critter fritter please — ensuring there will be enough protein available to feed the world in 205014 April, 2016
It is estimated that by 2050 an extra 265 million tonnes of protein will be needed to feed the world's population. This means that current production levels will have to be raised by about 50%.
How Thailand's bureaucratic policies and organisations affect the development of its rice economy.
In a discovery that could boost rice crop yields and lead to more disease-resistant types of rice, biologists studying bacterial leaf blight have discovered how the rice plant's immune system is triggered by the disease.
Australia's agricultural sector is looking to cash in on the quinoa trend, with a three-year national trial of the 'superfood' commencing across five Australian states.
Wheat-based products are far more popular with consumers than oats or barley, but until now wheat could not make the 'lowers cholesterol' claim that makes the other grains attractive.
A new premium rice variety has been developed for Australia. Topaz rice will be available to rice growers in October 2014.
Super spaghetti is just one of the items on the plate of Adelaide researchers as they develop better quality pasta with improved health benefits.