Agricultural food and environment

Our research is focused on developing innovative solutions to support local and national agricultural production in a resource-limited world. We have combined our resources, expertise and skills with government bodies, industry groups, commercial operations and other universities — nationally and internationally — to develop sustainable solutions to maintain and increase agriculture production.

La Trobe University is at the forefront of science aimed at increasing quality in food production; from growing crops through to food security and biosecurity. We are a leader in pre-farmgate research, agricultural production research and sustainable food solutions, with world-class research in the areas of:

  1. Agricultural production
  2. Medicinal agriculture
  3. Environmental management
  4. Sustainable agriculture
  5. Food security and biosecurity
  6. Food and nutrition
Hear about some of the projects our researchers have been working on;

Phosphate research: this is what we're working on 
Wearables for Animals
Free the Frog (... of Pesticides)
Can a reduction in the use of phosphate in farming alleviate world hunger?
The science of coffee
Genetic improvements in dairy cattle

Fast facts

  • leader in pre-farmgate research, agricultural production research and sustainable food solutions
  • working with industry to find efficiencies across the production process and to test and commercialise innovative technology and products
  • improving underperforming soils that cost Australian farmers billions of dollars a year in lost productivity
  • producing seeds that are fit for purpose for health, food and manufacturing
  • finding the best quality and functionality aspects of fibre to reduce the reliance on processed food

Specialised facilities

  • Laboratory space containing cutting-edge equipment for agricultural biosciences
  • Controlled atmosphere/environment rooms for agri-food research
  • Glasshouses for field cropping and experimental plots
  • Animal housing and handling facilities for animal research
  • Research equipment and facilities
  • Research platforms

Research Centres

  • AgriBio, Centre for AgriBiosciences (partnership with Agriculture Victoria)
  • ARC Research Hub for Medicinal Agriculture
  • La Trobe Institute of Agriculture and Food
  • Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems
  • Centre for Future Landscapes
  • Centre for Livestock Interactions with Pathogens
  • Research Centre for Applied Alpine Ecosystems

Major Partners

  • Agriculture Victoria
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy
  • Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research
  • BioPlatforms Australia
  • Cann Group
  • Global Table
  • National Landcare Program
  • Pepsico
  • Photon Systems Instruments
  • Vernx Biotechnology

Relevant assets in Melbourne's North

  • RMIT Bundoora
  • Epping Food Hub including the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit & Vegetable Market

Our researcher themes

Discover how our researchers are collaborating with industry to create new opportunities, amplify the product development chain and deliver projects with economic and social value.

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