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 science and soil science research at The University of Queensland ranked either “well above world standard” or “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.