QAAFI Science Seminar Series

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture & Food Innovation (QAAFI) has been hosting a high-profile weekly seminar series across the disciplines of agriculture, food and nutrition science since 2014. With a range of speakers from Australia and abroad, the series explores how high-impact science will significantly improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the tropical and sub-tropical food, fibre and agribusiness sectors.

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Dr John Manners

Agricultural Futures from Science

14 November 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
The future looks generally bright for food and agribusiness both globally and in Australia. We are all well aware of the growing population and associated demand for food as well as the increasing wealth in our region creating growing export markets for safe, healthy and sustainably produced food.
David Martin

Innovation and science to deliver economic prosperity for Australia

31 October 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
Technological change is transforming how we live, work, communicate and pursue good ideas. Further, there is increased focus through the National Innovation Science Agenda, and Advance Queensland to embrace new concepts in innovation and science, and harness new sources of growth to deliver the next age of economic prosperity in Australia.
Barbara George-Jaeggli

An integrated remote-sensing approach to close the phenotyping gap in sorghum breeding

24 October 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
Next-generation sequencing has made genotyping cheap and fast so that many plant breeding programs today have access to whole-genome information for thousands of parental lines and progeny alike. This facilitates the construction of linkage-maps and genome-wide association studies which together are powerful tools to investigate the genetic architecture of complex or quantitative traits.

Exploration of genetic and genomic resources in millet models for abiotic stress tolerance

12 September 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
Dr Charu Lata, CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute will present a QAAFI Science Seminar on Exploration of genetic and genomic resources in millet models for abiotic stress tolerance

The use of near infra-red spectroscopy technique for surveillance of major mosquito borne diseases

5 September 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
Dr Maggy Lord, from the Centre for Animal Science, will present a seminar on "The use of near infra-red spectroscopy technique for surveillance of major mosquito borne diseases".

The UQ Genomics Initiative: building a genomics community with global impact

29 August 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
Director of the UQ Genomics Initiative, Professor Dave Burt, will present a QAAFI Science Seminar on building a UQ genomics community with global impact.

Bioinformatics and immunologic strategies for the development of vaccines against bovine babesiosis

24 August 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
Professor Juan Mosqueda will present "Bioinformatics and Immunologic Strategies for the Development of Vaccines Against Bovine Babesiosis"

The Modeller-Biologist Interface: a Small-Trees High-Productivity perspective

8 August 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
A/Prof Jim Hanan from QAAFI's Centre for Plant Science will present "The Modeller-Biologist Interface: a Small-Trees High-Productivity perspective"

Nutritional functionality of dietary fibre - an integrated view

1 August 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
Dr Sushil Dhital from QAAFI's Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences, will present "Nutritional functionality of dietary fibre - an integrated view".

The Future of Grains R&D in Australia

20 June 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
The GRDC Managing Director, Dr Steve Jefferies AM will present a QAAFI Science Seminar on "The Future of Grain R&D in Australia".

Pursuing porcine pleuropneumonia

13 June 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
Dr Conny Turni from QAAFI's Centre for Animal Science, will present a seminar on "Pursuing porcine pleuropneumonia".

Looking to the past, monitoring the present, securing the future: Resistance to the grain fumigant phosphine

30 May 2017 12:00pm
Associate Professor Paul Ebert from UQ's School of Biological Sciences will present a QAAFI Science Seminar, titled 'Looking to the past, monitoring the present, securing the future: Resistance to the grain fumigant phosphine'

Hormones, stress and animal welfare

23 May 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
Professor Alan Tilbrook is QAAFI's new Professor of Animal Welfare and will present a QAAFI Science Seminar, titled "Hormones, stress and animal welfare''.

Innovating Avocado - Aiming for sustainability from tissue-culture to genomes

16 May 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
Dr Alice Hayward from QAAFI's Centre for Plant Science will present a QAAFI Science Seminar, titled "Innovating Avocado - aiming for sustainability from tissue-culture to genomes."

How can intellectual property be used to improve food security?

9 May 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
Professor Brad Sherman from UQ's Law School will present a QAAFI Science Seminar, titled "How can intellectual property be used to improve food security?''.

The Bos indicus genome, a history of tropically adapted cattle in Australia

11 April 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
QAAFI's Centre for Animal Science Director, Prof Stephen Moore, will present a QAAFI Science Seminar titled, "The Bos indicus genome, a history of tropically adapted cattle in Australia".

Challenging conventional wisdom on how wheat and oats soluble dietary fibres modulate lipid levels

4 April 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
Dr Nima Gunness will present a QAAFI Science Seminar Series titled "Challenging conventional wisdom on how wheat and oats soluble dietary fibres modulate lipid levels" on Tuesday 4 April.

Primary plant cell walls as cellulose hydrogels

28 March 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
Director for QAAFI's Centre of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Professor Mike Gidley will present "Primary plant cell walls as cellulose hydrogels" at a QAAFI Science Seminar on 28 March 2017.

Development of herbicide-tolerant cassava via a high-throughput chemical mutagenesis platform

21 March 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
Dr Emily McCallum from ETH Zurich in Switzerland will present "Development of herbicide-tolerant cassava via a high-throughput chemical mutagenesis platform", in QAAFI's Seminar Series on 21 Tuesday March 2017.

Beyond the black box – using biological insight and crop models to enhance plant improvement

14 March 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
QAAFI's Director of the Centre for Plant Science, Professor Graeme Hammer, will present "Beyond the black box – using biological insight and crop models to enhance plant improvement" on 14 March in QAAFI's Science Seminar Series.

Nutritional modulation of puberty in Bos indicus heifers

7 March 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
Dr Luis Silva will present a QAAFI Science Seminar on "Nutritional modulation of puberty in Bos indicus heifers". Dr Silva has recently joined QAAFI to work in the field of ruminant nutrition.

QAAFI: Where to next?

28 February 2017 12:00pm1:00pm
As QAAFI enters its seventh year of operation, what are the key challenges facing the organisation to meet the research priorities of our stakeholders? Where will the growth be in crops, horticulture and food sciences? How can QAAFI’s global research collaborations deliver benefits to Queensland, and tropical and subtropical production systems in northern Australia? What are the challenges and opportunities to meet the key challenges of reduced R&D funding, climate stressors, technology and consumer drivers over the coming years? Join Professor Robert Henry, Director of QAAFI, for the first of QAAFI’s 2017 research seminar series.

Is Area-wide Pest Management Useful? The Case of Citrus Greening

2 February 2017 9:00am10:00am
Assistant Professor Ariel Singerman is visiting from the University of Florida and will present "Is Area-wide Pest Management Useful? The Case of Citrus Greening", in the QAAFI Science Seminar Series. 

Genomics – applications from bacteria to livestock

6 December 2016 12:00pm1:00pm
International researchers Associate Professor Henrik Christensen and Associate Professor Paul Stothard will present a QAAFI Science Seminar entitled, "Genomics – applications from bacteria to livestock".

Five decades of leucaena R&D: Is it time to move on?

29 November 2016 12:00pm1:00pm
Associate Professor Max Shelton from the Faculty of Science, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences,
The University of Queensland will present "Five decades of leucaena R&D: Is it time to move on?" in a special SAFS and QAAFI seminar.

Your microbes & you - unlocking the secret lives of your gut microbiota

8 November 2016 12:00pm1:00pm
Dr Barbara Williams from QAAFI`s Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences will present Your microbes & you - unlocking the secret lives of your gut microbiota. The combination of diet (particularly plant cell walls) and microbial activity in the gut, have been implicated in the prevention of several chronic diseases, usually associated with the Western world. These diseases include cardio-vascular disease, Type II diabetes, obesity, and colo-rectal cancer amongst others.
Dr Daniel Rodriguez

Systems agronomy for maize and sorghum in the Northern Region

1 November 2016 12:00pm1:00pm
PLANT SCIENCE
Associate Professor Daniel Rodriguez from QAAFI's Centre for Plant Science is presenting a seminar titled "Systems agronomy for maize and sorghum in the Northern Region".

Long-read SMRT Sequencing for New Insights into Genomes, Epigenomes and Transcriptomes

28 October 2016 10:00am11:00am
Long-read SMRT Sequencing for New Insights into Genomes, Epigenomes and Transcriptomes
David Williams and Dr Yasmina Sultanbawa in the lab

Discovery & impact: The Kakadu Plum

25 October 2016 12:00pm1:00pm
Research into this native fruit has provided the scientific grounding for an emerging industry that has brought together the funding, the science, the buyers and the Indigenous community. Dr Yasmina Sultanbawa from QAAFI's Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences and David Williams, from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will give an insight into the science and impact of the Kakadu Plum.

Improvement of nitrogen use efficiency in European winter oilseed rape

18 October 2016 12:00pm1:00pm
PLANT SCIENCE
Dr Andreas Stahl is a visiting research fellow from Liebig University and will present, "Improvement of nitrogen use efficiency in European winter oilseed rape".

Clouds, (fowl) Cholera and Contigs

10 October 2016 12:00pm1:00pm
ANIMAL SCIENCE
Associate Professor Pat Blackall from QAAFI's Centre for Animal Science is presenting a seminar titled "Clouds, (fowl) Cholera and Contigs".