Global leadership in agriculture and food research

QAAFI is a research institute of The University of Queensland, one of the world’s leading research providers in tropical and sub-tropical agriculture and food production. We work across crops, horticulture, animals, and nutrition and food sciences, and are supported by industry and the Queensland Government.

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s top research-intensive universities. UQ is consistently awarded the maximum five-star rating for research grants and research intensity in the Good Universities Guide, with the University’s reputation for research excellence underpinned by its 55th global ranking in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the most influential global university ranking.


The University of Queensland enjoy a long-established international reputation for research excellence, and UQ ranks consistently among the world’s top universities within the broad fields of agriculture and life sciences.

The exceptional quality of our research was reaffirmed in the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, which is a comprehensive quality evaluation of all research produced in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.

Research within the university was ranked:

  • well above world standard (5 rating): plant biology, soil sciences, crop and pasture production, horticultural production, environmental sciences, animal production
  • above world standard (4 rating): genetics.

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A world leader in tropical agriculture and food production

QAAFI is a research institute of the University of Queensland (UQ), supported by the Queensland Government. 

QAAFI’s vision is to improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of tropical and subtropical food, fibre and agri-business industries.

Now ranked in the top five agricultural research institutions in the world, UQ and QAAFI provide unparalleled expertise and access to infrastructure resources in agriculture and nutrition and food sciences.

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UQ Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) Senior Research Fellow Dr Lee Hickey said the NASA experiments involved using continuous light on wheat which triggered early reproduction in the plants.
Meeting the plant supply for increasing demand has become challenging due to difficulty in rootstock propagation. Rooting an avocado cutting is cumbersome, thus has forced the industry to depend on genetically diverse and seasonally available seedling rootstocks for tree production.
A University of Queensland team has made a discovery that could help conquer the greatest threat to global food security – pests and diseases in plants.

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