Sustainable food and agriculture

The production of high-quality crops, foods and plant-based medicines is critical for food security, health and wellbeing, and the environment.

La Trobe researchers develop cutting edge methods to improve capability and capacity, to secure a sustainable agricultural and food production future. Our researchers do this by working in partnership with primary producers, the food industry and government.

Goal:

Production of high-quality foods and medicines for improved health, reduced environmental impact and enhanced economies​.

Our priorities are to:

Enhance crop yield and quality

Our researchers produce plants and soils with characteristics which increase crop yield, along with resilience, quality, productivity and profitability.

Create plant-based medicines

Our researchers use medicinal plants and biotechnology to develop safe and sustainable natural product therapeutics. 

Develop innovative farming practices

Our researchers are evolving sustainable agricultural practices to increase viability and biodiversity, and to enhance agribusinesses and regional communities, while maintaining soil health and ecosystems.

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New tech tackles plastic farm waste

New tech tackles plastic farm waste

New tech gets plastic farm waste into the circular economy

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Food's an issue to chew over

Food's an issue to chew over

One consequence of the floods in Victoria as farmers deal with another climate related disaster will be more expensive food.

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How a changing climate impacts the visitor economy

How a changing climate impacts the visitor economy

La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga campus is inviting business operators to take part in a new research project exploring the impacts of a changing climate on freshwater tourism.

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No appetite for vegetarian diet to help the planet

No appetite for vegetarian diet to help the planet

Social media users believe reducing and eliminating meat intake is ineffective in addressing climate change.

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Growing importance to understand farm Natural Capital Value

Growing importance to understand farm Natural Capital Value

Providing farmers with a tool to measure where their farms sit environmentally for the first time.

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La Trobe announces new Sustainable Agriculture and Food Institute

La Trobe announces new Sustainable Agriculture and Food Institute

Government ministers and key agricultural science stakeholders were briefed today (8 August) at Parliament House, on La Trobe University’s newly announced Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and Food (LISAF).

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