Waite in the Spotlight 2019: Food and wine in a changing climate

Climate change will impact the food we eat and the wine we drink. Research is helping to ensure these industries can adapt. At an upcoming free event, which is happening as part of Science Week, you can hear from scientists from the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus in a panel discussion about the science of food and wine in a changing climate.

The food and wine sectors are vital to the South Australian economy and the challenges posed by a changing climate mean science in support of agricultural productivity has never been more necessary. At this event you will hear from Waite scientists in a panel discussion about the impacts of a changing climate on the food we eat and wine we drink, and how their research is helping to ensure these industries can adapt.

The Waite Research Precinct has world-renowned capability in agricultural, wine, grains, soil and plant breeding science. Waite research covers the whole paddock-to-plate value chain – from the soil our crops grow in, to breeding new heat and drought tolerant plant varieties, better farming and management systems, new production technologies and consumer behavior and preferences. Join Event MC Belinda Cay (AgCommunicators) and panellists:

  • Dr Peter Hayman, Principal Scientist in Climate Applications at SARDI. Peter works with industry stakeholders in dryland and irrigated industries to identify key climate risks and then form appropriate research and development partnerships to address the issue.
  • Professor Kerry Wilkinson, the University of Adelaide School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. Kerry is interested in the flavour chemistry of grapes and wine, and the chemical and sensory analysis of foods and beverages, and their appeal to consumers.
  • Dr Paul Petrie, Viticulture Scientist at SARDI. Paul’s research focuses on vineyard management and adaptation to climate change.
  • Professor Rachel Burton, the University of Adelaide School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. Rachel is a plant scientist and molecular biologist interested in new & novel crops, as well as plant breeding for changing climates.
  • Dr Douglas Bardsley, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Environment and Population at The University of Adelaide. Doug has been researching climate change risk to food production systems for over twenty years.

Please arrive by 5:45pm for a 6pm start. Refreshments will be available after the talks at approximately 7:30pm. More information.

When: Tuesday, August 20 2019. 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
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Where: Lirra Lirra
McLeod House, Waite Road, University of Adelaide Waite Campus, Urrbrae, SA, 5064
Topic: Environment and nature, Innovation and technology
Cost: Free
Bookings: https://wits2019.eventbrite.com.au
Other: Wheelchair access
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