Increasing production of food while also improving environmental outcomes is one of the major challenges facing human society over the coming decades. Not only is the population increasing, but per capita consumption is also rising.

As one of the few major research-intensive groupings in tropical and sub-tropical systems worldwide, we aim to develop innovative, cross-disciplinary solutions to this agricultural and environmental challenge.

Our research activities span fundamental science that underpins innovation through to pragmatic field-based research that directly informs end-users and policy-makers.

We have active research projects throughout Queensland and Australia, Papua New Guinea, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Internationally, we collaborate with scientists in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

We're one of the key research providers in Australia, with both plant biology and soil science research at The University of Queensland ranked “well above world standard”.

Research themes and impact

Our research efforts and impacts encompass four broad themes.

Our projects

A variety of higher degree by research projects in plant and soil sciences are currently underway within our School.

See the breadth of available research projects open to students at all levels.

Our people

If you want to contact a specific staff member, scan the list below, or visit our People pages.

 

  • Professor Steve Adkins

    Principal Research Fellow
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Professor Elizabeth Aitken

    Professor
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
    Affiliated Professor
    Centre for Horticultural Science
  • Dr Vivi Arief

    Lecturer in Biometry
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Emeritus Professor Kaye Basford

    Emeritus Professor
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Professor Michael Bell

    Chair in Tropical Agronomy
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
    Affiliated Academic
    Centre for Crop Science
  • Professor Jimmy Botella

    Professor
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
    Affiliated Professor
    Centre for Crop Science
  • Dr Robyn Cave

    Lecturer in Horticulture
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Dr Shi Wei Chen

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Professor Ram Dalal AM

    Adjunct Professor
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Dr Yash Dang

    Senior Research Fellow
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Dr Mark Dieters

    Affiliate Associate Professor
    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
    Honorary Associate Professor
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Associate Professor Brett Ferguson

    Associate Professor Legume Biotech
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
    Affiliated Associate Professor
    Centre for Crop Science
  • Professor Melissa Fitzgerald

    Chair in Food Science and Tech
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
    Deputy Associate Dean,Research
    Faculty of Science
  • Professor Victor Galea

    Affiliated Associate Professor
    Centre for Crop Science
    Deputy Head of School
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Dr Andrew Hewitt

    Senior Research Fellow
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Dr Gunnar Kirchhof

    Principal Research Fellow & Senior Lecturer
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Professor Peter Kopittke

    Affiliate Principal Research Fellow
    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
    Professor - Soil Science
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Dr Christopher Lambrides

    Principle Research Fellow
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
    Affiliate Principal Res Fellow
    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
  • Dr Cristina Martinez

    Lecturer Soil Fertility
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Professor Neal Menzies

    Affiliated Professor
    Centre for Crop Science
    Head of School - SAFS
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Dr Jaquie Mitchell

    Senior Lecturer Agronomy
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Dr Chris O'Donnell

    Research Fellow
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Dr Tom Orton

    Research Officer
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Dr Nicole Robinson

    Research Fellow
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Professor Peer Schenk

    Professor
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
    Affiliated Professor
    Centre for Crop Science
  • Professor Susanne Schmidt

    Professor
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
    Affiliated Professor
    Centre for Horticultural Science
  • Dr Bernhard Wehr

    Lecturer in Soil Chemistry
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Dr Alwyn Williams

    Senior Lecturer in Agronomy
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences