Better products and services

CeRRF develops improved products and services to support regional and rural industries and communities. Better products and services drive efficiencies and increase profitability.

Project aim

Although we're able to leverage our strong technology expertise, new products aren't limited to the IT environment. A range of smart agriculture products are already under development.

The goal: to develop new or enhanced products and services that promote regional and rural growth and productivity.

Project examples

Improved delivery technologies for agriculturally important microbes

This project investigates the encapsulation of beneficial microbes to attach them to grain seeds without significant loss of efficacy.

Progressing new microbial products for Australian grain production to commercialisation

This project examines beneficial microbes that can enhance production in grain crops.

In collaboration with the genomics group, the Smart Sensing Team developed a lateral flow assay for fast, in-field read out of genetic information following amplification of genetic material. This assay a need for fast, in-field determination of genotype at the juvenile stage to predict adult phenotype, a valuable tool to inform selective breeding. Using a novel approach in primer design, the developed method allows for multiplexing or target genes on a single amplification read-out.

Soil Health Group

Focus areas:

  • Soil health and nutrition
  • Plant microbe interactions
  • Novel technologies to deliver agriculturally relevant microbes to cropping systems
  • Metal and oxidative stress in microbial metabolism
  • Development of molecular tools to assess the effects of abiotic stressors in cropping systems
  • Microbial metabolomics