Genes, germs, greenhouse gases and gastronomy

3 May 2024

Technical advances developed by The University of Queensland are the focus of a seminar to be delivered during Beef2024 in Rockhampton.

Ranked first in Australia for agricultural research, UQ research is focused on supporting the beef industry to remain profitable and sustainable in the future.

Ben Hayes at a podium with hands clasped as he addresses the audience
Professor Ben Hayes

UQ Professor Ben Hayes said during the seminar researchers will outline how their work across genomics, vaccines, beef eating quality and climate change management is making a difference.

“Reducing carbon emissions across Australian agriculture is a priority for producers and a key focus of the Beef2024 program,” Professor Hayes said.

“However, for beef businesses, there are many other areas to balance to ensure profitability and sustainability.

“How do our industry partners balance these different needs in the future and invest in the right research to meet these future demands?

"UQ recognises that investment decisions need to be balanced for beef businesses to remain profitable.

"Finding ways to reduce on-farm greenhouse gas emissions is incredibly important but we are also looking at the complete picture.

“At UQ we have a cross-cutting approach to solve industry challenges through various research techniques, so for disease as an example, we’re considering genetics, vaccines and epidemiology diagnostics - together in one package.

“We’re doing critical work on improving fertility, pasture growth, disease management, meat quality and reducing emissions as well,” Professor Hayes said.

The seminar includes presentations from leading beef researchers, PhD candidates and industry leaders including AACo CEO David Harris, Zero Net Emissions for Agriculture CEO Richard Heath, Frontier Genetics Chair Rebecca Burnham and Jon Condon from Beef Central.

UQ’s Seminar Genes, Germs, Greenhouse Gases and Gastronomy will be held on May 8th from 9:45am to 11:15am in room A of the James Lawrence Pavilion at the Beef2024 showgrounds. Tickets are available for purchase from the Beef2024 website.

The Beef Research at UQ brochure outlines projects being delivered by research experts, case studies, and contact information.   

Media contacts: Professor Ben Hayes,, +61 434 210 890; QAAFI media Natalie MacGregor,, +61 409 135 651.

The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation is a research institute at The University of Queensland supported by the Queensland Government via the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.