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: Assess the role of native plants in the supply of phosphorus to soils.Read more about How do native plants affect the supply of phosphorus to soils?
Honours project: Assist with the strategic future of the Waite Arboretum, a valuable resource for local, national, and international urban planning.Read more about How will the trees of urban Adelaide respond to climate change?
Honours project: Validate a novel biosensor as a potential diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of subclinical mastitis in dairy cows.Read more about Can the novel IVOS biosensor diagnose mastitis in dairy cows?
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: Research opportunities are available to investigate how body temperature variation in pigs and sheep impact reproduction.Read more about Impact of thermal environment and melatonin on animal body temperature and reproduction
Honours project: Contribute to new research on ways to make plants more resilient.Read more about Advanced research in plant hormones
Honours project: Opportunities to use state-of-the-art next generation breeding technology to improve vetch seed nutrition.Read more about CRISPR genome editing approach for vetch improvement
Honours project: Investigate the molecular basis of extrorse anther outcrossing mechanism in flowering plants.Read more about Understanding pollination processes between bees and flowers
Honours project: Join an international project that aims to increase yield potential in wheat.Read more about Enhancing wheat yield and drought tolerance
Honours project: Turn fruit and vegetable waste into functional productsRead more about Advanced materials derived from local growers’ agricultural waste
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: Fermentation of wild yeasts to create Australia's first agave spirit.Read more about Using wild yeasts to ferment fructose
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: Test the level of caffeine supplementation fed to outdoor, semi-intensive grazing ewes during late gestation.Read more about Maternal supplementation to improve lamb survival
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
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: Examine wheat water use efficiency under saline conditions.Read more about Improving drought and salt tolerance of 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 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: 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 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: 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
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.
Honours project: Determine the composition and role of plant fungal pathogen secretions
Honours project: Study the structure of fungal cell wall proteins using ion mobility mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography.
Honours project: Investigate the origin of signals affecting colonisation of plant roots by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.
Honours project: Investigate the use of a high energy form of matter (plasma) to improve food safety.
Honours project: How about a research project in ecological and evolutionary genetics of plants and wildlife forensic biology?
Honours project: Use drones to assist with wildlife conservation and research.
Honours project: Learn about the success of invasive species and how we can help increase our ability restore native vegetation.
Honours project: Contribute to research into various strategies to restore grassy woodland.
Honours project: Join the investigation into the use of parasites as biological control agents.
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.
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