The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)

QAAFI delivers high impact science for sustainable agriculture and food. Queensland’s agricultural Research and Development capability ranks among the best in the world, with The University of Queensland (UQ) a leader in agricultural research in Australia and globally.


The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) is a world leading research institute, and among only a handful of similar scientific organizations anywhere in the world.

Formed from the combined scientific expertise of researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ)  the Queensland Government, QAAFI is comprised of three frontline research centres:



Centre for Plant Science


GRAINS: Crop improvement - Crop physiology & modeling

HORTICULTURE: Crop improvement - Crop ptotection

SYSTEMS: Soils, nutirition, and weeds - Farming systems

AG-NANO (across themes)

Centre for Animal Science


Animal breeding and genetics 

Animal health

Animal nutrition

Analytical genomics

Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences


Molecular basis for food quality

Food bio-materials and processing

Health and nutrition properties

with mission to significantly improve the competitiveness and sustainability of tropical and sub-tropical food and agribusiness sectors in the tropical and subtropical systems.


QAAFI works with industries and agribusiness, research organizations, manufacturers and processors across the globe (in more than 30 countries) to improve productivity and profitability pre and post-farm gate.

QAAFI’s research work encompasses a range of industries:













QAAFI’s vision is sustainable agriculture and food achieved through science and innovation.

QAAFI aims to be a world leading research institute in plant science, animal science, and nutrition and food sciences, delivering outcomes (reports & publications) in discovery, learning, and engagement.

QAAFI's Highly Cited Researchers in 2016 : in 2016 the papers of three QAAFI scientists were among the world's most highly cited by their peers.

QAAFI’ case studies: 

How sorghum became Queensland's top crop

The sorghum story is a strong example of what is possible when there is significant targeted investment in breeding and agronomic research, and a long-term commitment.

Promising results on two tick vaccine fronts

A new vaccine offering season-long protection could play an important role in the battle against cattle ticks by reducing reliance on acaricides – pesticides which target ticks and mites – and allowing producers to move cattle from tick free to tick endemic areas. 

From ‘mongrel beans’ to money beans 

Grower Wade Bidstrup realised the true potential of mungbeans after treating them as a ‘real’ crop and applying specific research-based agronomy.

Pushing the potential of pulses

In the International Year of Pulses, scientists are aiming to double the area in Queensland’s tropics and subtropics sown to these healthy, and often very profitable, legume crops.

The tree of shelf-life

A food scientist from UQ is working with Indigenous communities to unlock a lucrative industry – using Kakadu plum to extend the storage life of food.

See all Case Studies HERE

For more information contact QAAFI team

For more information on working with QAAFI contact: Sarah Meibush, Deputy Director


Source: The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

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