Who says you can't be a farmer in the city?
Welcome to Urban Farming. Education yourself on Urban Farming and make steps towards a more ecofriendly healthy future. Plant your own edible seedling to take home.
Intelligent Systems in Agriculture
Ag Technology incorporates a broad range of solutions that includes everything from drones, robots, autonomous tractors, ground and air borne sensors and smartphone apps. Global growth, prosperity and sustainability of agriculture is dependent on the advancement of innovation, technology and practices that will occur through engineering solutions. Come and discover how smart technology is being used to boost agricultural production and talk with USQ Agricultural Engineers who will provide a hands-on-display of emerging Ag Tech.
Could the key to preventing some diseases lie in functional foods? There is a need to change the way the public views the role of food in relation to health to overcome the global obesity epidemic. One way is targeting this is to use the foods that are grown in our region and use it in ways that it can provide health benefits. By investigating these functional foods, researchers can determine the potential for them to reverse human obesity and chronic inflammatory diseases affecting the heart, liver, kidney and joints. Meet the researchers involved in solving the problem and taste some of the solutions they have discovered.
Influence of light on plant growth
A visual demonstration using the light spectrum that is naturally used by the plant to save energy. The green colour of the plant is used to reject heat, blue and red colours of the spectrum causes less stress on the plant allowing it to grow faster. USQ Researchers will be available to engage with.
Circular Holistic Economy for Food (CHEF)
Every year in Australia several million tonnes of food end up in landfill or unconsumed and contributes a cost of >$ 20 billion to the economy. With unused food in landfill this also poses a problem with methane generation, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Many researchers and industrial entities are working to tackle this problem using circular economy principles, which involves realising the full value of the food resource in different formats (food, medicine, energy, bioremediation).
One of the biggest hurdles for horticultural produce is its limited shelf life, and due to many contributing factors, there is often excess produced. Time is of the essence to prevent spoilage before this resource finds a use, so being able to capture and preserve this food so it can be transformed into more valuable items such as innovative foods, food ingredients, nutraceuticals or even medicinal compounds can help provide further value and prevent this food being wasted.
Come along and learn about the ways in which science is tackling this problem and creating new industries.