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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

As Australia’s national science agency and innovation catalyst, CSIRO solves the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.

We work with organisations large and small, delivering world-leading research and development solutions to help their business innovate, improve and grow.

CSIRO's research in the agrifood sector delivers impact through an integrated gene to plate approach. Our research is increasing productivity and efficiencies at the farm level, improving the quality and yield of Australian crops, tackling biosecurity risks, developing innovative food processing technologies, creating new value-added foods, and developing the nation’s livestock, aquaculture and fishery industries.

CSIRO’s experts, state-of-the-art facilities, and a global collaborative research network brings together the best and brightest minds to drive strategic growth and overcome unique business challenges.

Driven to create and facilitate societal, environmental and economic impact, we work with organisations across all major sectors and at all stages of the innovation lifecycle from strategic advice and planning, research and development, through to commercialisation and funding.

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Innovative plastic mulch alternative set to increase crop water productivity by 30%

CSIRO’s latest invention, TranspiratiONal, a spray-on polymer membrane will help farmers increase crop yield and save water, but with fewer inputs and less environmental impact.

 

Farmers across the world have used plastic mulch films to intensify crop production since the 1960s. Applying a thin plastic film to rows of crops has proven short-term benefits, boosting yields by moderating soil temperature, maintaining soil moisture and reducing weed competition. TranspiratiONal, a Sprayable Biodegradable Polymer Membrane (SBPM) technology is CSIRO’s response to this global challenge.

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