Kevin Foster

Dr, Dr

  • The University of Western Australia (M082), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Kevin worked for Department of Agriculture in Pasture Science in WA for over 30 years. While at the Department he worked on the development of new and improved pasture legume species for cropping and pasture systems, characterised new legume germplasm from overseas and screened subclover genotypes for low oestrogenic content. He has contributed to the collection, identification, early selection, and seed increase of many of the new pasture legume cultivars released and he has a proven record of publication (both scientific and extension) and industry impact. Kevin also spend 11 years breeding legumes with high oestrogenic content for their therapeutic and medicinal value for the pharmaceutical industry. Two of the red clovers he developed, for which he is the co-breeder, were granted full Plant Breeder Rights protection (plant patents) with isoflavone chemical profiles that are unique in the world. The pharmaceutical products derived from these are now marketed within Australia, UK and USA . In in 2014 he moved to the University of Western Australia to take up a role as a Senior Research Scientist.

His current research interests include phytoestrogens and other pasture compounds that affect animal health and reproduction. Factors affecting dry matter and seed production in pasture legumes, drought stress, plant physiology and plant breeding. Investigatingf the potential of high-value honey production from selected legume cultivars.

 Kevin has a PhD in Plant Physiology from the University of Western Australia

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Industry keywords

  • Agriculture and Food
  • Bioengineering
  • Medicine and Pharma
  • Communications
  • Environmental

Research expertise keywords

  • Pasture agronomy
  • Pasture nutrition
  • Pasture seed harvest
  • Pasture legumes
  • Plant nutrition
  • Plant breeding, germplasm evaluation and genetics
  • Plant physiology/ecology
  • Drought resistance
  • Communications networks
  • Metabolites


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