Food, Water and Agriculture

The need to increase output, reduce wastage, and minimise resource usage and environmental impact is placing unprecedented pressure on traditional food, wine and agriculture production and processing models.

Food, Water and Agriculture

At the same time, technology is transforming industries, and creating a range of high-tech, high-value opportunities. Our Food, Water and Agriculture research addresses these challenges and helps industries realise their potential through the use of technology.

Particular areas of research expertise include:

  • machine learning and artificial intelligence for precision agriculture
  • sensing and automation
  • bio-processing, new materials and specialty products
  • renewable energy generation and utilisation
  • water resources and climate risk management.

Research impact

Traditionally, agricultural sector productivity has been driven by increasing water and energy inputs to enhance yields. To achieve long-term sustainability, however, this has to change.

Our research is focused on enabling more efficient utilisation of resources and minimising environmental impact by creating new, more precise processes, and developing new products.

We are developing technology-based research collaborations with growers, regional development corporations, industry and government, right across South Australia’s food, water and agricultural sectors. Our research is of particular interest and benefit to businesses, organisations and departments involved in:

  • precision agriculture (protected, irrigated and broad)
  • animal production systems
  • irrigation and water resource management 
  • waste reduction and valorisation
  • food and beverage processing and manufacturing
  • winemaking technology.

Contact us

To discuss collaborating with us on a project, please contact:

Professor Seth Westra – Theme Leader – Food, Water and Agriculture

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