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Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)

Researcher working with samples

The University of Queensland

QAAFI is a unique Australian research institute, and among only a handful of similar scientific organisations anywhere in the world. Formed in 2010 from the combined scientific expertise of researchers from The University of Queensland and the Queensland Government - Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, QAAFI is comprised of three inter-related research centres (plant, animal and food) with a focus on the challenges facing tropical and sub-tropical food and agribusiness sectors. QAAFI makes a significant contribution to UQ’s consistent placement well inside the top 100 in research-focused global university rankings, and in the top 50 in several of these. Agriculture-related research at UQ is consistently ranked among the best in the world.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Plant breeding and genetics
  • Plant health
  • Crop physiology and modelling
  • Farming systems science
  • Food quality and human nutrition
  • Sensory and consumer science
  • Animal breeding and genetics
  • Animal health
  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal welfare

Facilities and major equipment

  • Queensland Bioscience Precinct
  • Ecosciences Precinct, Dutton Park
  • Health and Food Sciences Precinct, Coopers Plains
  • Hartley Teakle Building, St Lucia
  • Gatton Research Station
  • Tor Street Complex, Toowoomba
  • Leslie Research Station, Toowoomba
  • Hermitage Research Station, Warwick
  • J. Bjelke-Petersen Research Station, Kingaroy
  • Maroochy Research Station, Nambour

Number of research staff

300–500 research staff


Queensland Bioscience Precinct, 306 Carmody Road, St Lucia, 4067

Lead researchers

  • Professor Robert Henry—DNA-based methods for identification of plants and their pathogens and development of molecular markers for plant breeding
  • Professor Graeme Hammer—His research underpins the development of mathematical models of crop growth

Achievements of the centre

  • Recipient of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funding of A$6.4 million to improve sorghum breeding programs in Africa
  • A world-first study found that fibre binds up to 80 per cent of cancer-inhibiting antioxidant polyphenols in fruit and vegetables
  • Innovative beef cattle genomic research to improve Australia’s $5 billion a year livestock sector

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre
  • Queensland Government – Partner

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Last updated:
19 June 2019