Seaweed business roadmap – a new billion dollar industry?

How can seaweed change the world? For one thing it can superpower the Australian science industry, and academic and business is calling for a roadmap to capitalise on innovation.

Using nuclear techniques to track micronutrients applied to wheat crops

Murdoch University scientists and collaborators are investigating the best method and time to administer micronutrients to biofortify wheat crops

QUT project set to grow plants on the moon

An Australian space start-up will experiment with growing plants on the moon by sending a capsule containing carefully selected seeds and ‘resurrection’ plants, along with sensors, a camera and water on a commercial lunar lander travelling to the moon in 2024.

Next generation scientists to tackle plant problems

Administered by The University of Queensland, the collaborative research initiative aims to develop tools to improve plant productivity and resiliency.

World-first experiment using drones for wildlife health checks

Signal processing techniques detect vital signs in wildlife from drone footage.

ECU joins collaboration to bolster research and development for WA agriculture

The collaboration will build on current research efforts to harness and apply cutting-edge science and expertise to WA’s unique challenges and opportunities to contribute to our national and international agricultural priorities.

UQ secures trailblazing commercial research funding

The UQ-led Food and Beverage Accelerator (FaBA) project will receive $50 million Trailblazer funding over four years to boost growth and innovation in the sector, potentially creating thousands of new jobs.

New biosecurity collaboration to protect Australian citrus industry

A strong collaboration of industry, government and the community set a new standard in successfully eradicating citrus canker from the Northern Territory and north-west Western Australia.

Soil science critical to food production in a climate challenged future

Australian farming is backed by a century of soil science critical to our capability to support food production in a climate challenged future. 

Handpicking genes for disease-resistant crops

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have developed tools to identify plant genes
resistant to disease-causing fungi and deploy them to create more resistant crops.

New DNA test to transform wild fish population management

A DNA test developed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, can improve management of wild fish populations for conservation or harvest by determining the ages of fishes.

CSIRO ‘gene sandwich’ to enhance wheat rust resistance

Australia is expecting a strong wheat crop this year, but that would be threatened if a large outbreak of wheat rust occurred. CSIRO, led an international effort to develop wheats with a stronger and potentially more durable level of resistance against rust diseases.

Thermal energy storage the key to reducing agricultural food pollution

UniSA thermal energy researcher Professor Frank Bruno has been awarded almost $1 million by the Federal Government to find a solution to agricultural pollution in Australia and India.

Saving Australia’s oyster industry

The Future Oysters CRC-P is a case study for the success of short-term industry research collaboration, reports Matthew Brace.

A new legume brings hope to drought-affected cattle industry

A lifeline has arrived for northern Australia’s cattle farmers, who have endured almost a decade of drought, in the form of a new kind of legume.

Early career researcher Jess Moran

Early career researchers make a big impact

From bee breathalysers that detect disease to AI chatbots battling body image disorders, these early career researchers are thinking big.

Packaging up a perfect PhD in food waste

Researcher Ruby Chan joined the Fight Food Waste CRC as a PhD student through RMIT and she is already exploring innovative ways to use packaging more effectively to prevent waste.

It’s time for a food-waste fight

“Food waste is a really huge issue, wasting about $20 billion every year in Australia alone. It’s also the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases,” says Dr Steven Lapidge, CEO of the Fight Food Waste CRC.

Future-proofing our soils

New research from the Soil CRC is showing how we can naturally care for the fragile soils of Australia, the mainstay for our food, biodiversity and water future.

Smart science at regional universities driving future farms

The University of New England’s SMART farms are outdoor laboratories where scientists and growers test out innovations that make a real difference in the field.

Wild about rice up north

The CRC for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) seeks to help rice producers tap into the opportunity offered by northern Australia’s climate to meet huge Asian demand for wild rice products.

Quest for missing proteins in rice genome sequencing

Macquarie University and global researchers have identified over 5,700 new proteins in rice and are calling for a global effort to complete the genome sequencing.

New pest monitoring start-up takes aim at fruit flies

A tech-driven pest monitoring start-up run by three CSIRO scientists is tackling Australia’s biggest biosecurity barrier to trade: the fruit fly.

Agtech startup FluroSat infuses data for food security

An agtech startup is harnessing data from remote sensing to optimise farming practices and improve food security.