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School of Agriculture Food and Wine
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Join us for a Science Academy Information Session

November 17, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Seminar Print This Post Print This Post

Dear All,

Join the Faculty of Sciences for an overview of our exciting new flagship student recruitment program, The Science Academy.

When: 11am Friday 24th November

Where: Meeting room 313/314 The Braggs

Register: online.

The Science Academy is a new initiative from 2018 for the Faculty of Sciences which expands on and replaces the Early Entry Program by delivering two streams, one for Years 10 & 11 and one for Year 12s, with an aim to better engage secondary students in STEM subject selection and pursue study in Sciences at The University of Adelaide.

During this session the Faculty of Sciences’ Student Recruitment and Marketing Team will discuss how the program will operate and provide an opportunity for questions. In the mean time you may wish to familiarise yourself with information available on our Science Academy page,

Please direct any queries about the program and information session to

Kind regards,

Sally Jones

Marketing and Recruitment Manager

Faculty of Sciences
University of Adelaide

P: (08) 8313 3368
M: 0466 256 770


Lumen Spring Issue

November 17, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: General Print This Post Print This Post


Welcome to our Spring edition of lumen
In this edition, incoming Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Rathjen, discusses where he sees the University in the next five years; his experiences as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania; and how his time at the University of Adelaide, as both a student and academic member of staff, have influenced his career path. [read more]

Volvo Environment Prize Nominations

November 16, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Prizes & Awards Print This Post Print This Post

The VC’s Office has received information about nominating for the 2018 Volvo Environment Prize.  The website has all the detailed information  

Kind regards

Karen Lancaster | Office Administrator| Office of the Vice-Chancellor and President

The University of Adelaide | Mitchell Building, Room G18 | Adelaide SA 5005

08 8313 5120|


Meet Skye Roy

November 16, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Good News Stories Print This Post Print This Post

Dear all,

Proudly announcing our latest F1 offspring, Skye Merida Roy, who arrived on Monday night at 7.20pm, weighing 3.03 kg and measuring 49.5cm tall. Mum and bairn doing well, although mum wasn’t too pleased when I said we’d need another 198 to make a decent mapping population.  Obligatory shots of the wee one attached.

All the best


Stuart Roy
Senior Research Fellow
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
The University of Adelaide















New menu Aroma cafe

November 16, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Aroma Cafe at Lirra Lirra has launched a new menu, increasing the food options on the Waite campus.

In addition to their hot food selections, focaccias, rolls and wraps, they are now serving all day breakfast. A selection of burgers, sliders and fish & chips is also available.

The cafe’s extensive hot chip menu is also a campus favourite.

Wheat variety reaps overseas rewards for SA

November 16, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Good News Stories Print This Post Print This Post

A variety of locally bred durum wheat that proved unsuccessful in Australia is set to deliver huge royalties to the University of Adelaide after it was found to flourish in South America.

Yawa durum wheat didn’t suit South Australian conditions but flourishes in South America. 

The University of Adelaide, together with its partners Grains Research and Development Corporation and the NSW Department of Primary Industries, last month finalised a licensing agreement with Chilean seed company Isopro to grow its Yawa variety and sell the milled grain or semolina across South America.

Durum wheat breeder Associate Professor Jason Able from the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine has built the relationship over the past five years that led to the agreement with Isopro. He said conservative business projections showed royalties – paid at the rate of AU$4.50 per tonne of grain – could reach $500,000 a year within seven years.

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REMINDER – CASPA – Casual Timesheet Deadlines

November 16, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post


Hi everyone,

Please find the below deadlines in order for Casual Employees to be paid over the Christmas Period.


 Also, where you require casual employees from the beginning of January, please have your casual contract requests in to Michelle Carter at as soon as possible.

Wild bees worth $22 million to Australia’s lucerne crop

November 15, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Good News Stories Print This Post Print This Post

University of Adelaide researchers have calculated that wild bees and other unmanaged insect pollinators contribute, on average, $22 million to the production of dryland seed lucerne annually.

They are now working to “future proof” these free crop pollination services to help build wild bee and other desirable insect populations.

“Australia’s lucerne seed industry is worth about $95 million with as much as 30-40% grown under dryland conditions, although that can drop to 5-10% in very dry years,” says project co-leader Dr Katja Hogendoorn, in the University’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.

“Lucerne seed production depends 100% on insect pollination, but in 2014, Lucerne Australia identified that 66% of dryland lucerne growers did not place hives in their lucerne.

“That means wild bees and other ‘free’ insect pollinators are contributing an average annual value of $22 million, possibly as high as $25 million, to lucerne seed production. That is a highly valuable resource that we need to nurture and promote.”

The researchers are now investigating what actions growers can undertake to help build secure populations of wild bees and other pollinating insects. About 83% of seed lucerne is grown in South Australia’s South East, with the rest in Victoria and NSW.

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New Starter

November 14, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices, Good News Stories Print This Post Print This Post

Lachlan Mitchell has accepted the offer for Scientific Software Developer, working with Andy Timmins and Olena Kravchuk in the Biometry Hub.

Welcome Lachlan!

Head of School and Approvals

November 13, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Dear All.

Please be informed that Prof Mike Keller will be in China on University business from the 13th November, returning on the 24th November.

Week commencing 13th November Chris Ford will be acting Head of School, processing online approvals and signing paper forms.

The following week Matt Gilliham will be acting.

All current procedures stay the same, please continue to pdf paper forms to Karen Chance for Hos approval.

David Syme Research Prize – call for nominations

November 13, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Grant Opportunities Print This Post Print This Post

Nominations are invited for the 2017 David Syme Research Prize. The Australia-wide prize recognises the best original research in Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Geology produced in Australia during the past two years (1 January 2016 – 31 December 2017).

Summary details are:

2017 David Syme Research Prize

Value: approx. $8,000 plus a bronze medallion

Closing date: Friday 27 April 2018

  • The 2017 prize will be made by nomination only. Senior members of the academic or research community such as co-authors or co-researchers, heads of department or deputy vice-chancellors (research) are invited to nominate eligible colleagues.
  • Researchers associated with any Australian university and researchers without university connections are eligible for nomination, noting that the following are not eligible:

- Professors or researchers who will have attained the position of professor at the time the award is made;

- Researchers outside universities who will have attained a level of seniority comparable to a university professor at the time the award is made (LEVEL E);

- Researchers who have not spent the equivalent of at least 5 full years of the last 7 in Australia.

  • The award is made on the basis of the research quality within the discipline and its likely impact and value in the industrial and commercial interests of Australia.

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Altmetric Explorer Training Sessions

November 13, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: General Print This Post Print This Post

Altmetric Explorer is a dashboard which aggregates online attention to the University’s research publications, and to all tracked publications worldwide. It’s now live and available for use by all academic, titleholder and professional staff at the University. Training sessions are available for researchers. For details and to book, visit: (The December 5 session will focus on Sciences examples.)

Ramsay Fellowship Seminar

November 13, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Seminar Print This Post Print This Post

Ramsay Fellowship Seminar
The Ramsay Fellowship was established in 2008 with a significant bequest from the Ramsay family to support outstanding young Australian scientists to return to Australia and enhance their potential as future scientific leaders.

Hear about the exciting research being undertaken by two of our current Ramsay Fellows, Dr Stephanie Watts-Williams (Agriculture, Food and Wine) and Dr Stephen Warren-Smith (Physical Sciences) in this open seminar. All welcome.
Date: Monday 11 December, 12 – 1 PM Venue: Napier G04 Lecture Theatre RSVP: by 8 December via

Power shut down Waite Main Building Saturday the 25th of November between 6am and 11am

November 13, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

As part of the University’s planned maintenance activities, Spotless wish to conduct mandatory testing of Residual Current Devices and Distribution Boards in the following building, Waite Main Building 1.

The testing shall result in power being  ‘shut down’ (turned off) for about

1 hour per board   in this area and we would request that all equipment that

may be affected by this work be appropriately turned off on the previous evenings, so that there are no adverse effects as a result of our work.

We propose to carry this work out as agreed as follows

Saturday the 25th of November between 6am and 11am for about an hour per board

As there may be a number of people affected by the power shut down I ask you to please circulate this information to all concerned parties, so that they can make any arrangements that they deem necessary in advance of the shutdown dates.

Should you have any concerns can you please contact me or the University’s Maintenance Service Centre – by COB Friday the 24th of November


Damien Durant

Ph: 0413 987 338

Adelaide University Contract


New Emeritus Professor

November 13, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Good News Stories Print This Post Print This Post

Congratulations to Professor Mike Keller who has been awarded the title of Emeritus Professor, to honour and acknowledge Mike’s distinguished and sustained service to the University.

ARC Funding Success

November 10, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Good News Stories Print This Post Print This Post

The following researchers at the Waite will share in funding announced last week under the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) National Competitive Grants Programme. Congratulations to all involved!

Discovery Projects

Professor Vincent Bulone (University of Adelaide & ARC CoE in Plant Cell Walls); Dr Tara Pukala (University of Adelaide)
$546,441 over three years
This project aims to understand the mechanisms that control cell wall stability in the fish pathogen, Saprolegnia parasitica. The biochemical properties and function of vital enzymes involved in cell wall biosynthesis will be determined using innovative approaches at the interface of biochemistry, microbiology, cell biology, and structural biology. Next generation ion mobility mass spectrometry will be used to solve challenging structural questions that cannot be tackled with conventional techniques. Expected outcomes include new knowledge on challenging membrane proteins that allows development of novel strategies for disease control in aquaculture. The data may also be applicable to crop protection from related plant pathogens.

Associate Professor Matthew Tucker (University of Adelaide); Professor Dr Thomas Laux
$520,496 over three years
This project aims to investigate the mechanistic basis for female germline formation in two plant species including barley, which is of agricultural relevance to Australia. This project’s approach will integrate novel regulatory genes and data from Arabidopsis and barley. This knowledge will provide significant benefits, such as novel reproductive strategies for crop improvement.

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

Dr Haipei Liu (University of Adelaide)
$365,058 over three years
The project aims to determine the epigenetic regulatory mechanisms that control cereal grain quality and yield under water-deficit and heat stress. The project will use next-generation sequencing to identify key epigenetic regulators and their functional target genes, which confer superior grain quality to elite genotypes under adverse environments. Project outcomes will benefit cereal breeding by providing more-tailored screening strategies and superior parental germplasm with enhanced quality and yield. The development of nutritionally improved crops will benefit the Australian cereal industry and export opportunities.

ARC research grants are extremely competitive. This years round comprised funding totalling $333.5 million across some 859 projects under the following schemes: Discovery; Discovery Indigenous; DECRA; Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects; and Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment, and Facilities grants.






November 10, 2017 By: Karen Chance Category: Good News Stories Print This Post Print This Post

Dr Haipei Liu has been awarded a DECRA.

The title of Haipei’s award is ‘Improving cereal grain quality using epigenetic regulators’. This is well deserved for such a talented researcher fresh out of her PhD.

Well done Haipei – congratulations.

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