Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences

CQUniversity campuses span a vast area of significant agricultural output from grazing, cropping, horticulture and forestry industries, and therefore it is strategically relevant for CQUniversity to support a strong agricultural research capacity. Central Queensland is one of Australia’s richest and most diverse agricultural regions, containing centres of production for beef, sugarcane, vegetables, citrus, and macadamia that rank at or near the top of the production region lists for each commodity nationally. The CQUniversity research activity within 07 FoR covers a range of discipline areas at the 4 digit code level, reflecting the strength and diversity of agricultural industry in our footprint region. In order to support research across several important commodity and discipline areas within the limits of resources available, our research operates within a systems framework and is predominantly applied research. Knowledge and technologies from our research program find direct application in improved agricultural, land and farm management practices.

The research program has been well supported by external funding from nationally competitive grant schemes as well as direct industry funding, consistent with the applied focus of the research.  The expertise base of research staff in agricultural science is strong in the core research activities including animal based research (predominantly focused on the northern beef industry), horticultural research, water and irrigation research, natural resource management and resource economics with strong links to Environmental Sciences (05). A technology theme across these discipline areas has resulted in an emerging area of research on precision agriculture through the use of sensor networks, linking agricultural research to the engineering research capability within the University.