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School of Agriculture Food and Wine
University of Adelaide

Phd Success

July 19, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Good News Stories Print This Post Print This Post

Congratulations to Hue Thi Dang, who has qualified for the award of degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Hue has been awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence.

PhD Success

July 19, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: General Print This Post Print This Post

Congratulations to Sarah Moss, who has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy for her thesis entitled “Characterisation of the Auxin Signalling Pathway in Vitis vinifera L. cv. Shiraz”


PhD Success

July 19, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: General, Good News Stories Print This Post Print This Post

Congratulations to Ana Hranilovic, recently completed PhD student, whose thesis was highly commended by the examiners. As a result, Ana has been awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence for her thesis entitled ” Managing ethanol and sensory compounds by non- Saccharomyces yeasts”



Agriculture, Food and Wine Seminar Series

July 19, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Seminar Print This Post Print This Post

Everyone is welcome to a shared morning tea (please bring your own coffee cup) from 10.30-11am to be followed by the seminar 11-11.45 am.

WHEN: Thursday 19th July. 10:30am morning tea, 11am Seminar
WHERE: Charles Hawker Conference Centre
SPEAKER: Dr Katja Hogendoorn, The University of Adelaide
Title: Bees as vectors in agricultural landscapes

About the Speaker

Katja Hogendoorn is a senior research associate at the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine of the University of Adelaide. Katja has worked on various aspects ecology, evolution and behaviour of native bees and honey bees for more than 30 years. In 2004, she decided to apply her broad knowledge of bees to provide real-world solutions for crop pollination and bee conservation.

Katja currently leads a large collaborative project between South Australian researchers, primary industries, governmental organisations and NGOs to design and establish habitat for crop pollinators around lucerne, apple/pear, canola, and almond crops. The project is supported through funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit Programme. She is also participant in the CRC for honey bee products.

Treadly on NT Campus – Free Coffee & Pastries

July 18, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Treadly – a new pop-up style bike maintenance shop is coming to NT campus in Semester 2. Located in the Western Courtyard of the Hub, Treadly will offer bike maintenance, repairs and cycling kit three days per week Tuesday to Thursday. Opening event is on Tuesday 31st July offering free coffee and pastries between 10am – 3pm.    




Hot water repairs being undertaken tomorrow at Plant Genomics

July 18, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Spotless Plumbing have advised that repairs need to be undertaken on the hot water systems in the building. The job is booked in for tomorrow, Thursday 19/7.

This will mean that there will be no hot water for most of the day.

If there is anyone in the building who will be impacted by this, please get back to me as soon as is practicable

Linda Sperring

Site Supervisor, Waite Campus 

Service Delivery

Division of University Operations | Infrastructure

m: 0435 658 501





Potato consumers wanted – get rewarded to taste potatoes!

July 17, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Do you like eating cooked potatoes? SARDI are recruiting consumers to sample a range of cooked potatoes!

If you are available to attend one of the sessions below, we’d love to hear from you!

Participants can attend one session from each block. For example: someone could attend Session 1A, Session 2B, Session 3C, Session 4A, Session 5B and Session 6C.

Time: 15-25 minutes
Location: Sensory Facility, Wine Innovation West Building, Hartley Grove, Urrbrae SA 5064 (Waite Campus, Adelaide)
Participants will receive: $10 Coles group voucher*

Available sessions:

Please email to register your interest for the time at which you would like to attend.

*Please note SARDI employees, you are welcome to attend this sensory study however we cannot award vouchers to you as per the SARDI Policy on the Receiving of Honorariums, Gifts and Benefits.


Research Leaders 2025

July 17, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Teagasc is pleased to launch Research Leaders 2025, an innovative fellowship scheme focused on developing the next generation of research leaders in the agri-food domain.

We seek applications from experienced researchers (with PhD or four years full time research experience) in combination with host organisations worldwide (research, industry or civil society organisations/NGOs).

Join us for a live-streamed  webinar on YouTube on Wednesday 25th July at 2 pm Dublin Local Time.  Further details at


  • Fellowships will have a duration of 36 months, including 18 months outside of Ireland, followed by a “return phase” to Teagasc in Ireland for a further 18 months.
  • The fellowships will be researcher-led, so the applicant will be free to choose the research topic, the outgoing host organisation and the supervisor in Teagasc for the return phase.
  • There will be a strong focus on career development, with dedicated career mentors for each fellow; a management training course; annual retreats with career presentations from leaders in academia, industry and civil society organisations; and transferable skills training.
  • There will also be the option to undertake a secondment to the non-academic sector (e.g., industry or civil society organisations/NGOs).
  • There will be a gross annual salary of €51,717 (in absence of family allowance) or €56,306 (if family allowance is paid).  Research expenses will also be available.
  • The programme aims to address the ‘leaky pipeline’ whereby the higher levels of research shows a gender imbalance.  Review cohorts will be gender balanced, applicants that have taken a career break will not be disadvantaged, female fellows will be facilitated in finding female career mentors and paid maternity leave (with extensions to the fellowships) will be available.

Important dates:

  • Deadline for receipt of Expression of interest: 1st October 2018, 13:00 Dublin Local Time
  • Deadline for receipt of Full Application: 20th November 2018, 13:00 Dublin Local Time
  • Information webinar: Wednesday, 25th July 2018, 2 pm Dublin Local Time

Eligibility conditions apply.  See for details.

Teagasc is the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority. The Teagasc annual research portfolio comprises some 300 research projects, carried out by 500 scientific and technical staff in seven research centres throughout Ireland.  Research is organised into four programme areas:

•             Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation

•             Crops, Environment and Land Use

•             Food

•             Rural Economy and Development. 

Teagasc researchers produced 2305 peer-reviewed publications between 2013 and 2017, ranking amongst the top European institutions in terms of number of publications and citations in the areas of food and agriculture.  Teagasc researchers enjoy access to state-of-the art laboratories, over 2300 hectares of experimental farm land and two food pilot plant facilities.

See for details.


Ridhdhi Rathore

Teagasc Research Support Office | EU-Cofund Project Manager | Teagasc Head office | Oak Park, Carlow, Ireland, R93 XE12

tel: +353-(0)59- 9183196 | e-mail: | |

2018 – OIV Research grant program in support of priority programme fields

July 16, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices, Grant Opportunities Print This Post Print This Post



Within the framework of developing its Strategic Plan, the OIV grants research scholarships in priority programme fields on a yearly basis. Grants offered within the framework of this programme are short term (six months to fifteen months maximum) and are provided for specific post graduate training programmes. Targeted candidates must be very qualified, with the desire to pursue their research, further knowledge and keep up on the latest progress made in their field of study and/or work.

Application forms must be filled out and sent to the OIV – OIV – Research grants – 18, rue d’Aguesseau – 75008 Paris – or

Deadline for submitting requests: 4th October 2018

Priority themes for 2018 research grants


  • The water footprint in viticulture
  • Sustainable development and environmental protection
  • Vine diseases: trunk diseases and others


  • Chemical and functional characterisation of oenological tannins
  • Technological action and impact at the level of the stability and filterability of proteases in oenology
  • Reduction of sulphur dioxide at the technological and microbiological levels
  • Methods of analysis with low environmental impact
  • Authenticity and traceability of wines: physical treatments and methods of analysis     

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PhD Successes

July 16, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: General, Good News Stories Print This Post Print This Post

Jenny Bellon has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy for her thesis entitled, “The Development and Evolution of Saccharomyces Interspecific Hybrids for Improved, Industry Relevant, Phenotypes”