Sustainable food & 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.
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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Shining a light on Australia's emerging lavender industry
Expanded glasshouses and new lab facilities for plant research
La Trobe is ranked fourth in the world for impact
Promising crop trial results for renewable energy project
La Trobe awarded $1.53 million in ARC Linkage grants