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Highlights from Australian agrifood innovation.

Research

The new mindset driving Australian agrifood research

Australian agrifood research is undergoing a renaissance, as industries look further afield to collaborate to address cross-sectoral challenges. By harnessing the visibility which growAG. provides, Research & Development Corporations like Sugar Research Australia and Hort Innovation are shifting gears and entering new territory.

Commercial opportunity

Rubens Technologies takes fruit quality testing to the next level

Melbourne-based Rubens Technologies has combined an easy-to-use hand-held scanner with the intelligence of machine learning analytics to make non-destructive fruit testing and future quality predictions as easy as picking up cheap mangoes in Summer. Now, they’re on the hunt for more fruit growers to adopt the technology and investors who are ready to support the commercialisation of the device.

  • Led by
    Rubens Technology
Commercial opportunity

Agritech startup’s innovative insect control is just what the grain industry ordered

Cutting-edge Australian plant biosecurity research has delivered a revolutionary non-toxic and long-acting alternative for controlling stored grain insect pests.

Now, Davren Global is seeking investors to bring this novel solution to market – and give grain growers a new tool in the fight against insect pest resistance.

  • Led by
    Davren Global
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)