Ground Cover Supplement : GC Supplement - New farm products and services
GROUND COVER NEW FARM PRODUCTS & SERVICES 2 New farm products and services Cover photo by Roz Deaker. Real-time PCR tests for rhizobia inoculants (see page 9). Ground Cover is brought to you by growers and the Australian Government through the publisher, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). 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ARTICLES AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY EMMA LEONARD, UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED BY PAUL MEIBUSCH -- GRDC MANAGER NEW FARM PRODUCTS AND SERVICES As part of the GRDC's New Products Output Group, the New Farm Products and Services investment portfolio is chartered with projects relating to soil biology, export opportunities, objective measurement and quality assurance, and novel pesticide actives. Responsibility for grain storage and hygiene projects is shared between New Farm Products and Services and New Grain Products. Unlike other investment portfolios the scope of the New Product Output Group's activities is closely linked to the commercialisation of products and services, which may or may not result from other GRDC investment portfolios. A product from any of the New Product Output Group's projects must return a commercial value to grain growers' businesses. Activities within the New Product Output Group include: developing and delivering new products and services to growers; accessing and applying intellectual property to speed the delivery of new technology to the Australian grains industry; identifying suitable structures and partnerships to attract third-party investment; and developing robust business cases that demonstrate market demand and value to support any product or service in which the GRDC and its research partners propose to invest. In this Ground Cover supplement the focus is on a selection of new and near-market investments from the New Farm Products and Services portfolio. Soil biology This broader theme is jointly managed by myself and Martin Blumenthal from the Practices portfolio. Current projects are working to commercialise several soil inoculants through our joint venture company with Novozymes Biologicals Australia (formerly Philom Bios Australia). These include products developed by GRDC- funded projects and commercial products from our Canadian partner that are being trialled under Australian conditions. Following a workshop and discussion paper in 2007, a new range of projects is being evaluated that will build on the five-year Soil Biology Initiative that finished in 2007. The focus is now on carbon fractionation and accumulation in soil, phosphorus pools, and, potentially, a new investment in a biological control for rhizoctonia. Export opportunities This is a new focus for the portfolio. It aims to create opportunities for Australian grain in key export markets by developing technologies and knowledge that take advantage of the unique qualities of our product. Much of this work is being conducted in collaboration with BRI Research Ltd and the results from the research will be available to marketers of Australian grain. Objective measurement and quality assurance This theme focuses on the development of new tools for faster, cheaper and more accurate objective measurements. In 2007 commercialisation began for a new technology that will potentially replace the Falling Number machine to measure weather damage in grain. It promises a fast reliable measurement in a format ideal for grain receival points. Another project is working on the development of equipment capable of providing objective assessment of pulses, to help ensure consistent receival standards at all silos and indeed across the world. In another area of this theme, near infrared (NIR) calibrations for soil are being developed into a practical and applicable format. Novel pesticide actives Several long-term programs have been working on microbial and metabolite-based pesticides. While still in their infancy, some good progress has been made on control agents for snails and slugs, as well as a biological control for myrids and thrips. The latest collaboration in this theme is with research groups in New Zealand who are specialists in the development of endophytes to control plant pests and diseases. More information: Paul Meibusch, 02 6166 4500, firstname.lastname@example.org INTRODUCTION A PROJECT IN THIS INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO MUST RETURN A COMMERCIAL VALUE TO GRAIN GROWERS.
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