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Feature Stories

CSU Graduation: Research to improve quality of oilseed meals
CSU PhD research has shown refining oil-extraction techniques could improve the quality of Australian oilseed meals used as a supplement in feed for livestock.

CSU Graduation: PhD examines gluten-free choices
A CSU PhD graduate hopes her research will provide doctors with insight on why people without a diagnosed condition choose to avoid gluten in their diets.

CSU Graduation: Research to reduce risks zoonotic disease
Dr Shumaila Arif's PhD from Charles Sturt University (CSU) demonstrates the value of research to improve the health of farmers in developing counties.

CSU Graduation: PhD caps off nine years at the Graham Centre for Shafi
In the past nine years we’ve seen seven Australian Prime Ministers but at the Graham Centre there’s only been one Shafi

CSU Graduation: Research in the Mekong Delta
Graham Centre graduate Mr David Gale's research took him to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam to investigate composting of acid sulfate soils to boost crop production and food security in this developing country.

Graduation celebrations for Graham Centre students
Research to increase our knowledge of plant and animal disease, help farmers make better decisions and give insight on consumer behaviour will be recognised at CSU graduation ceremonies next week.

Making lucerne worth its salt for lambs
A supplement of salt could help lamb producers make better use of dryland lucerne according to Graham Centre research.

CSU Graduation: PhD a family celebration
When Dr Nirodha Weeraratne is awarded her PhD on Monday 10 December, the moment will be celebrated with family, including her parents who are travelling to Wagga Wagga from Sri Lanka for the ceremony.

Research and innovation on the ag-genda on National Agriculture Day
A National Agriculture Day celebration in Wagga Wagga has highlighted research and innovation as key ingredients to ensure the long-term viability of our rural industries.

National Agriculture Day celebration highlights research and innovation
Join us under the lemon-scented gums for a BBQ on Wednesday 21 November to celebrate National Agriculture Day and the role of research and innovation in helping primary industries to flourish.

Honours: a valuable experience
CSU Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) student Ms Jessica Hardie knew she’d been bitten by the ‘research bug’ when after a busy morning weighing cattle she couldn’t wait to analyse the results.

CSU team counts down to crop comp
CSU students will put their knowledge of agronomy, crop production and management into practice this week at the Australian Universities Crops Competition (AUCC).

Glyphosate and fake news
CSU Emeritus Professor Jim Pratley says recent court cases regarding the use of the chemical glyphosate may have significant impacts for Australian farmers and global food security.

Aiming for a career to improve lives through agriculture
A childhood fascination with nature, an interest in agriculture and a desire to help people in the developing world has set one CSU student on the path to a research career.

National science week profile: Thomas Williams
It’s National Science Week celebrating ‘Game Changers and Change Makers’. CSU PhD student Thomas Williams is a young scientist who is determined to make a change, not just for Australian farmers but for those in less-developed countries.

National science week profile: Dr Adam Frew
It’s National Science Week, with the theme ‘Game Changers and Change Makers’. One of our ‘Change Makers’ is Dr Adam Frew from the Charles Sturt University (CSU) School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences who’s research aims to help producers better manage agricultural pests.

Behaviour and welfare of horses working in feedlots
CSU PhD research is focused on the understanding the behaviour of working horses, particularly those used in the feedlot industry.

Water use efficiency offers opportunity in Murray Darling Basin
There’s great potential to improve irrigation efficiency in the Murray Darling Basin but it needs to be holistically managed at a regional and Basin-wide level, writes CSU social researcher, Dr Jenifer Ticehurst.

Innovation and ag-tech for mixed farming on show
Innovation to improve the efficiency and productivity of mixed farming operations is the focus of the Agribusiness Today Forum in Parkes next month.

Forum links science to on-farm outcomes
From cattle management to improving the profitability of mixed sheep and cropping enterprises, the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation’s livestock forum in July will link the latest research to on-farm outcomes.

Information about participation in coloured rice study
Research participants are needed for a study into the therapeutic effects of coloured rice for obesity and related diseases, like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

International training for CSU PhD research students
Graham Centre PhD students Ms Brooke Kaveney and Ms Rachael Wood have been awarded scholarships by the NSW Crawford Fund to attend an international training program.

Vietnamese delegation takes in Riverina agriculture
Riverina agricultural production, research and innovation was highlighted when members of the Vietnam-Australia Agricultural Forum (VAAF) visited the Graham Centre.

World Migratory Bird Day: a reminder of our interconnected world
Years spent catching wild migratory birds for his research in remote parts of northern Australia and PNG has given Dr Andrew Peters a unique perspective of their ecological importance. He shares his thoughts ahead of World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) on Saturday 12 of May.

Research to boost rice quality
The Riverina rice harvest has drawn to a close and while much of the discussion is about the size of the crop - for one PhD student it’s all about the quality of the grain produced.

Welcome to 2018 Graham Centre student interns
The Graham Centre student internship program has kicked off for 2018 with the aim of providing five CSU undergraduate students with an insight into our research.

Silo technology tested
Controlling insects in grain stored on-farm is important to maintain the quality and value of the crop and research at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation is putting one silo fumigation system to the test.

Guide for grazing biserrula
The hard seeded annual legume, biserrula has been embraced by farmers as a handy break in the cropping system but livestock grazing the pasture can be affected by photosensitisation.

It's not 'hairy' but Hillman's panic grass
Research from the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation is debunking the widely held belief that the wind-swept grass on fence lines in the Riverina is ‘hairy panic’.

Shining light on evolution of GMOs and food

Australia Day scholarship for CSU student
Preventing disease to produce healthy animals is what motivates Charles Sturt University (CSU) student Ms Cara Wilson, who will be honoured this week for her early career research.

Tackle summer weeds to reduce seed bank
Recent rain means summer weeds are flourishing and researchers from the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation say careful management and correct identification are crucial to tackling the problem in fallow paddocks.

2017 highlights
As we begin a new year of research to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the red meat and grains industries we are celebrating the Graham Centre's achievements of 2017.

Highlights of the 2018 Twilight Crop and Weed Walk
The 2018 Graham Centre Twilight Crop and Weed Walk has highlighted research that can improve the sustainability and profitability of mixed farming enterprises.

Using flowering plants to protect veggie crops from pests
New research will explore if vegetation management, like preserving native vegetation or flowering strips in the margins of Australian vegetable crops, will help keep pests at bay.