Institute for Agriculture and the Environment (IAgE)

University of Southern Queensland

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Aerial view of centre pivot irrigation landscape

The Institute for Agriculture and the Environment (IAgE) is focused on delivering applied, practical and profitable research solutions that strengthen agricultural productivity and address environmental management challenges in Australia and overseas. The Institute works to identify and align national and global industry needs and opportunities with the University’s considerable research capability, targeting areas for development through co-investment and partnership. The Institute delivers applied and innovative solutions across the key themes of future production systems, value-adding and supply chains, and sustainable agricultural environments. Key strategies of IAgE include multi-disciplinary focused research; strong partnerships with government, agricultural and agribusiness companies and research institutions; and building research capacity.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Agricultural engineering
  • Summer/Winter crop health
  • Integrated crop nematology
  • Water and nutrient use efficiency
  • Climate change impacts on agriculture
  • Farming system design and analysis
  • Agronomy

Facilities and major equipment

  • Glasshouses and preparation spaces
  • High performance computing cluster
  • Controlled environment facilities for plant growth
  • Crop health biotechnology facility
  • Nematology laboratory
  • Five hectare research farm

Number of research staff

100-200 research staff


Building Q, University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Toowoomba, 4350

Lead researchers

  • Professor Gavin Ash —Internationally recognised for research in biopesticides and plant disease diagnostics.
  • Professor Lindsay Brown—Lead researcher in functional foods for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, liver disease
  • Professor Roger Stone—Developed world's first integrated seasonal climate forecasting and coffee production modelling system

Achievements of the centre

  • Developed and commercialised green-on-green Weedspray technology.
  • Developed adaptive real-time automated irrigation controller for furrow and pressured systems

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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