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Sugar Research Australia (SRA)

SRA invests in and manages a portfolio of research, development and adoption projects that drive productivity, profitability and sustainability for the Australian sugarcane industry. An industry-owned company, we are funded by a statutory levy paid by growing and milling businesses.

The SRA levy payers’ investment is also supported by Commonwealth Government co-investment and grants from the Queensland Government and other bodies.

We know and understand the issues our customers face. We tackle these issues to find research solutions and new and better ways of doing things on-farm and at the mill.

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Sugar Research Australia has worked with local industry in the Rocky Point region to develop sustainable nutrient management guidelines for that area, helping improve profitability and sustainability.


Father and son team Larry and Ben Spann grow sugarcane on about 200 hectares of lease country in the Rocky Point region near Norwell in southeast Queensland.


They see a solid future for the industry to the point where they are developing more country for planting. However, at the same time, they are also acutely aware that the low sugar price means that they must be efficient with their inputs and reduce costs. 

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Protecting Australia’s sugarcane industry from biosecurity risks

Investment in biosecurity research is a valuable insurance policy for the sugarcane industry to protect against exotic threats. In this article, we talk with Sugar Research Australia (SRA) researcher Dr Rob Magarey about one of these collaborative research projects. 


The Australian sugarcane industry has a strong track record of being prepared well in advance for potential biosecurity risks. Just one such example occurred in 2006 when the then-exotic disease smut was first detected Australia.


At the time, the industry had already recognised the risk associated with this disease and the possibility that it could impact the Australian industry.

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