Honours in Agriculture
As an agricultural science honours student you become a member of the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine and part of a research group.
The school has a range of industry, research and teaching partners. These partnerships will assist you in gaining industry experience and in developing contacts within your areas of chosen specialisation.
Supervisors with available agricultural science projects have been added to the 'honours project finder'. If you are interested in their research you should talk with the respective supervisors to discuss potential projects.
If you are interested in a particular area of research that's not included, talk with the honours coordinator to discuss other opportunities to develop an honours project.
A majority of agricultural science projects are based at the University's Waite campus.
Agricultural science projects
Honours project: Determine the effects of maternal water restriction on egg development by investigating key proteins in the albumen of fertile chicken eggs which are vital for the survival and growth of the chicken embryo.Read more about effect on egg albumen composition
Honours project: Discover how parasitic nematodes affect cereal plant roots and exactly which genes help the plants fight back.Read more about parasitism and defence
Honours project: Examine wheat water use efficiency under saline conditions.Read more about Improving drought and salt tolerance of wheat
Honours project: This project in epigenetics and plant reproductive biology will examine the role of a histone demethylase (H3K9me2) during seed development.Read more about Role of a histone demethylase during seed development
Honours project: Improving abiotic stress tolerance in durum wheat – stress priming via microRNAs.Read more about Improving abiotic stress tolerance in durum wheat
Honours project: Make fundamental discoveries about how strigolactones act to alter the growth of plant root cells or applying the latest knowledge of strigolactones to crops.Read more about Improving plant responses to sub-optimal conditions through plant hormones
Honours project: Investigate the movement of plague locusts using laboratory and field experiments.Read more about Nutrition & collective movement in the Australian plague locust
Honours project: Investigate wheat growth and yield in high-sodium soils using drone-mounted imaging techniquesRead more about Use of drones to assess the performance of wheat in sodic soils
Honours project: Examine how a variety of factors influences the brood guarding behaviour of a parasitoid wasp speciesRead more about Brood guarding in a gregarious parasitoid wasp
Honours project: Identify wheat lines from around the world that are tolerant to subsoil challenges such as high salinity and soil pHRead more about Identifying novel tolerance to subsoil constraints in a FIGS wheat set
Honours project: Examine how wheat yield can be improved by increasing tolerance to different soil constraintsRead more about Improving wheat yields in dispersive soils
Honours project: Examine how micronutrient interactions alter the growth and ion concentrations of wheat in sodic soilsRead more about Effect of micronutrients on the growth of wheat in sodic soils
Management practices to enable early wet season forage production in lowland rice production systems of The Lao PDR
Honours project: Explore management options to improve early wet season crop production in Lao PDR, southeast AsiaRead more about Management practices to enable early wet season forage production in lowland rice production systems of The Lao PDR
Honours project: Learn about functional gene research combined with molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, and developmental biologyRead more about Exploring the function of MADS-box genes in barley inflorescence development
Honours project: Investigate the role of an RNA m5C methyltransferase during early reproductive development as mutants abort early during seed development.Read more about Role of an RNA m5C methyltransferase during plant reproduction
Honours project: Investigate how plant fungal pathogens adhere to and infect plant surfaces.Read more about Design of biomimetic coatings to understand plant-pathogen relations
Honours project: Determine the composition and role of plant fungal pathogen secretionsRead more about Characterisation of the fungal extracellular matrix and its role in adhesion
Honours project: Investigate the origin of signals affecting colonisation of plant roots by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.Read more about Shoots or roots - which controls plant-fungal interactions?
Honours project: Study the structure of fungal cell wall proteins using ion mobility mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography.Read more about Structural studies of cell wall proteins involved during pathogenesis
Honours project: Investigate grain and leaf resistance to pathogen attacks in barley using chromatography and genomic techniquesRead more about Improving pathogen resistance in barley plants
Honours project: Investigate the biochemistry and function of barley plant hormonesRead more about Characterising the jasmonate hormones in barley, and how they affect beer
Honours project: Investigate how soil microbial activity and nutrient availability are influenced by changes in water content or exposure to high temperature.Read more about Nutrient cycling and soil respiration
Honours project: Investigate the use of a high energy form of matter (plasma) to improve food safety.Read more about Improving food safety using plasma sterilisation
Honours project: How about a research project in ecological and evolutionary genetics of plants and wildlife forensic biology?Read more about Ecological & evolutionary genetics of plants, wildlife forensic biology
Honours project: Join the investigation into the use of parasites as biological control agents.Read more about Interactions between plant parasites & their hosts
Honours project: Investigate the ecology and management of common reed and bulrush.Read more about Ecology & management of common reed & bulrush
Honours project: Use spatial information tools and data in a wide range of applications and settings, including terrestrial, wetland and marine ecology, wildlife and habitats, land assessment and management and earth science.Read more about Spatial information, environmental remote sensing & GIS
Honours project: Learn about the success of invasive species and how we can help increase our ability restore native vegetation.Read more about Interactions between microbes & plants
Honours project: Contribute to research into various strategies to restore grassy woodland.
Honours project: There's evidence in some plants that lack of a dark period can inhibit growth - so do plants need sleep?
Honours project: Expand your knowledge and curiosity in bioinformatics and computational genetics.
Honours project: Work with some of South Australia’s leading scientists on a research project about plant systematics and population genetics, evolutionary ecology or plant macrofossils.
Food and nutrition science (related projects)
Horticulture (related projects)
Plant science (related projects)
Production animal health (related projects)
Soil science (related projects)
Viticulture (related projects)
Wine science (related projects)
For more specific details about honours program structure, assessment criteria and key contacts, read the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine honours handbook.