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Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

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The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is a research institute at the University of Tasmania specialising in impact-driven research to support prosperous, innovative and sustainable agriculture and food sectors, and a healthy bioeconomy that supports communities.

TIA began in 1996 as a joint venture between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government, bringing together the human and physical resources of the Tasmanian Government with the scientific research and teaching capacity of the University of Tasmania.

The formation of TIA as a specialised institute for agriculture and food research, development, extension and education has gained national and international recognition. In 2018 the University was ranked 39th in the world and 4th in Australia for Agricultural Science (ARWU).

The Institute has a dynamic team of 130+ scientists and technical experts, many of whom are internationally renowned - they are supported by a highly capable team of professional staff. TIA has access to world-class equipment and facilities around Tasmania, and its location in this remarkable and pristine environment enables researchers to explore key questions about sustainable resource management and productive landscapes.

Over the past 20-plus years, TIA has delivered hundreds of successful research, development and extension projects with global relevance and direct impact for Tasmania’s vibrant agriculture and food sectors. The total value of TIA’s research portfolio is approximately $70 million (2017).

TIA is also home to the teaching discipline, with responsibility for undergraduate education and the training of postgraduate candidates who make an important contribution to TIA’s research.

Close relationships across the agriculture and food value chain at a local, national and international level ensure TIA is connected with stakeholders and that research and education priorities support industry needs and aspirations. TIA’s capacity to develop flexible industry-facing solutions is a point of difference in the academic sector that it works within.

TIA has strong connections to other research, development, extension and education institutions in Australia and around the world – and is creating important global connections to advance agriculture and food sectors at home in Tasmania. TIA plays an integral role in guiding the future economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture and food sectors.

Structure: TIA has four RD&E Centres – ‘Horticulture’, ‘Dairy, Grains and Grazing’, ‘Agricultural Systems’, and ‘Food Safety and Innovation’.

Our Vision

To contribute to the development of prosperous, innovative and sustainable agriculture industries and a healthy bioeconomy, through impact focused education, research, development and extension.

Our Purpose

Advancing innovations in agriculture and food through research and education.

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