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Highlights from Australian agrifood innovation.

Global challenge

Miracle membrane manipulated to measure methane

An “intelligent” membrane that keeps liquids out and can be customised to let specific gases through was designed to reshape the methane-testing procedure for cattle. Instead, its inventors, Meat & Livestock Australia and RMIT University, are now offering its application to a wider market and seeking partners interested in fluid and gas monitoring diagnostic solutions.

  • Led by
    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)
  • In collaboration with
    RMIT University
Expression of Interest

CRDC launches EOI to partner with cotton industry

CRDC has issued a call to commercial tech providers and researchers to partner with the cotton industry in an exciting new round of projects aimed at boosting the sector’s ability to evolve and innovate.

  • Led by
    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)
Commercial opportunity

AMPC sets new industry challenge for innovation in red meat abattoirs

The Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) might be the Research and Development Corporation for the red meat processing industry, but it’s drawing inspiration from a very different R&D agency to help find the answers to some mammoth questions. AMPC is now seeking problem solvers and investors with innovative solutions to make waterless knife sterilisation for meat processing plants a reality.

  • Led by
    Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC)
Commercial opportunity

Solution Blue cracks the insect industry’s biggest challenge: quality, consistent protein output

Australian insect farming startup, Solution Blue is seeking investors to scale its black soldier fly protein production system. Providing greater productivity at much lower cost than its competitors, Solution Blue’s world-first technology delivers high-quality, consistent insect protein that has so far eluded insect farmers across the world. And it’s got aquaculture and pet food manufacturers clamouring.

  • Led by
    Solution Blue
Commercial opportunity

Waterless Lamb Frenching. How do we reduce 210,000 knifing path actions per shift to Zero? Solution providers required.

Consumers love a classic rack of lamb, especially one that has been beautifully frenched. But lamb frenching in abattoirs is posing a significant WHS risk for abattoir staff. This repetitive action can multiply to over 210,000 knife actions per minute, per operational shift within a plant operating at 10 carcases per minute. The Australian Meat Processor Corporation is calling for solution providers with ideas for sustainable and safe alternatives to traditional frenching with knives or water.

  • Led by
    Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC)
Commercial opportunity

Efficient processing of hyperspectral images ready for its close-up

AI-driven data-processing software from CSIRO has made hyperspectral imaging a viable commercial tool, and is seeking partners with data and domain expertise to fine-tune its algorithms.  

  • Led by
    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Commercial opportunity

Savvy commercial partners sought for novel Australian oat products

Australian oat noodles and oat ‘rice’ are set to become popular pantry staples in Australia and overseas once new manufacturing processes developed by the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) are matched with the right commercial partners. AEGIC is looking for food brands, manufacturers or investors who can fast-track getting the new healthy plant-based products to market, and help move oats beyond the breakfast table to becoming an option for lunch, dinner and snacks.

  • Led by
    Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC)
Commercial opportunity

Biological controls offer new addition to farmers’ toolbox to better manage insect pests

Without pesticides the world could lose up to 50% of key food and fibre crops, devastating global supply. Through work undertaken by Dr Robert Mensah of NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), in collaboration with the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC), effective biological control options for insect pests in cotton have been demonstrated and they are now seeking partners to commercialise these innovative solutions.

  • Led by
    NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI)
  • In collaboration
    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)
Commercial opportunity

Harvest optimisation technology, a smart move for Australia’s viticulture industry

Aussie Wine Group has developed an innovative infield sorter, that in trials supported by Wine Australia delivered a 50% increase in operational efficiencies for winegrape growers and 97% reduction in matter other than grapes. AWG are seeking investment to scale adoption and drive exports to international markets.  

  • Led by
    Aussie Wine Group
  • In collaboration with
    Wine Australia
Research highlight

Machine learning drives profitability for Australian grain growers

Australian grain growers are set to profit from a multi-million-dollar global investment in machine learning, led by Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC). Here we explore nine use-cases designed to boost value in the paddock.   Some already have commercial sector involvement in place but for others GRDC will seek deployment through commercial avenues using platforms like growAG..

  • Led by
    Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)
Commercial opportunity

World-first program delivers elite genetics for Manuka honey and oil production

With the support of AgriFutures Australia, innovative Western Australian company, ManukaLife is helping position Australia’s Manuka honey industry as a global leader. With a prosperous future ahead, opportunities exist for a range of organisations to engage with ManukaLife to either rapidly expand the establishment of plantations in Australia or to partner in developing new cosmetic and pharmaceutical products.

  • Led by
    Agrifutures Australia
  • In collaboration
    ManukaLife
Commercial Opportunity

Fungal biocontrol commercial opportunity offers benefits for chicken meat industry

An Australian mycopesticide innovation, developed by AgriFutures Australia and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), is an effective alternative to chemical pesticides for lesser mealworm control. AgriFutures and DAF are now seeking biotech partners to commercialise the product.

  • Led by
    AgriFutures Australia
  • In collaboration
    Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF)