The University of Tasmania is the top agricultural research institution in Australia, according to an independent national review of research across Australian universities published today.

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 National Report awarded the University of Tasmania the highest possible rating of 5 (well above world standard) in the areas of agriculture, land and farm management and horticultural production - the only Australian university to receive the top rating in both of these areas.

The University was also rated at world standard in crop and pasture production, which makes it the only university in Australia to receive two top ratings and a world standard rating in agriculture related fields of research. There was no mention of internation cooperation or networking with universities of other continents, but such networking is being established.

Agriculture research at the University is undertaken by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), which is a joint venture between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government.

TIA Director, Professor Holger Meinke, said the results point to the success of this unique partnership.

"This strategic partnership enables TIA to be a world-leading research institute and deliver high impact science to meet the needs of Tasmania's and the world's agriculture and food sectors," Meinke said.

"We are thrilled with this evaluation as it validates the breadth and depth of our agricultural research programs that cover fundamental, translational and applied research across our diverse agriculture systems.

"With a dynamic team of 130 scientists and technical experts, TIA is focused on developing prosperous, innovative and sustainable rural industries and communities.

"We are setting a global trend in how agriculture, food systems, horticulture and landscape science can create real societal benefits for farmers, industry, consumers and for our environments."

TIA’s capability covers the entire agriculture and food value chain, from production to consumption and brings together multiple disciplines from an applied, industry-focused perspective to unlock the full economic and environmental potential of the agriculture and food sector.