随着人口增长和气候变化, global food production faces challenges from new pests and diseases, 成本和价格压力, 不断发展的市场和环境退化.
Murdoch is one of the most agriculturally focussed universities in Australia, and 我们的 scientists and policy experts are addressing challenges across the full value chain of primary food production.
Our research starts with fundamentals including global water solutions, soil management practices and soil conditioning, 耕作方法. Production is increased if soils are optimised for pastures or cropping, 耕作方法也会产生影响 plant development, weed and pest management, and greenhouse gas generation. Our legume research informs nitrogen fixation approaches for soil improvement, as well as developing legume crops for food security.
实地试验是我们研究的重要组成部分, to ensure that the knowledge developed in the lab also works on the farm.
Breeding, bioinformatics and translational genomics
基因组学(包括生物信息学), marker-assisted breeding and gene editing technologies) is integrated into 我们的 breeding research to more efficiently develop next generation traits. Genome sequencing and molecular markers are used to pinpoint genes that control traits such as acid soil tolerance in grains, or meat marbling in beef cattle. 例如, cultivars of malting barley are being developed that maintain protein production under conditions of extreme salinity or drought, 与最优 中国酿酒市场的特点.
Metabolic phenotyping is now also being used to examine the dynamic interactions between genes and growth environments and their impacts on crop and livestock productivity.
Our animal welfare research maintains a social license 用于畜牧业经营. Qualitative behavi我们的al assessment is used to observe the body language of animals and measure the emotional state of individuals or groups of animals. This can then be correlated with physiological indicators of stress, to improve industry practices for the benefit of both animals and the production process.
Pre- and post-harvest pest control directly impacts on food quality, farming profitability and access to international markets. Our research starts from understanding pest–plant interactions, 通过减少田间作物的损失 从一系列无脊椎动物和病毒中, to developing non-chemical treatments to ensure pest-free food storage and transport.
Our researchers deliver savings through improving post-harvest storage practices, developing new technologies and methods for food processing, 延长产品的保质期.
Customers want to know exactly what they are buying, and 我们的 researchers develop test protocols and sensory testing regimes to measure and benchmark product quality and appeal to different consumer markets. 默多克开发的胴体指数 used across Australia to measure the taste potential of livestock, increase the consistency of beef and lamb products across the industry and support selective breeding efforts.
的 澳大利亚国家表型中心 at Murdoch uses a high-integrity small molecule analysis system for food safety and provenance research. From detecting pesticides in export-quality grain to identifying y我们的 coffee’s country of origin, 我们的 researchers play a key role in ethical food marketing and safeguarding 我们的 premium product markets.