Projects

Project Description Chief Investigator Funding Body End Date
Nutrient management for the dairy industry industry in northern Tasmania To undertake nutrient budgeting with 20 Northern region dairy farmers and extend the findings from previous nutrient management projects to dairy farmers in the region. The project will also seek to build on the work done previously to improve farmer awareness and willingness to undertake changes in nutrient management on their farms. Stephen Ives and Rowan Smith DairyTas 30/11/2013
Improving the robustness, sustainability, productivity and eco-efficiencies of rice systems throughout Asia Simulation modelling can integrate disciplinary knowledge and provide proactive evaluation of technologies and policies. The project uses in-country RD&E combined with modelling to design more efficient rice systems. Collaboration and training meetings increase the capacity of scientists and organisations, and strengthen a network of researchers. Holger Meinke APN 31/5/2015
Waterhouse resilient pasture demonstration The Project is a demonstration and extension project aimed at increasing the knowledge and skills of land managers to cope with projected climate change impacts in the dry pastoral / grazing country of North Eastern Tasmania. This will involve a demonstration sites showcasing “alternative” long lived, hardy, perennial forage plants suitable for environmentally sustainable grazing on hill country in the Upper Derwent Valley. Eric Hall NRM North 30/6/2013
Pasture variety trial network The project fits within the strategic plan of TIA and the centre. The project will benchmark the performance of new pasture plant cultivars specifically in Tasmania but as part of a national project. The results will be utilised by other researchers, industry experts and stakeholders and growers, for a range of purposes from pasture selection by growers, to researchers using the data to better understand seasonality of pasture production from an agricultural systems perspective. Brian Field MLA 30/5/2015
SheepConnect The Sheep Connect project is preparing for its third funding phase. It is the major extension program for sheep (wool and meat) producers in Tasmania. As such it provides a major network for the dissemination of local and national research and development outcomes in animal production. The program aims to improve the efficiency and viability of sheep producers through better knowledge and skills in all aspects of their farming enterprise including human, environmental, physical and financial resource management. Andrew Bailey AWI 30/6/2015
Promoting sustainable farm practices with weed bio-control agents This project involves Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and NSW in the implementation of biological control programs against nationally significant weeds that have significant economic and environmental impacts. Weeds targeted in Tasmania include gorse, ragwort, boneseed, and several thistle species as well as English and Cape broom. Biological control agents will be mass reared, released and established at nursery sites and then redistributed from the established field nursery sites to accelerate dispersal. Sites will be monitored and information on integrated control of weeds using biological control agents will be extended to landcare groups and landholders. John Ireson DPI Victoria 30/6/2013
Making More From Sheep This project is the second phase of Making More from Sheep funded by MLA and comprises a 3 year program of activity within Tasmania as developed from a business plan approved by MLA. This phase of the program is focussed on facilitating measured change in knowledge, skills, confidence and practice. It will involve targeted engagement with small groups of capable and willing producers, providing practical tools information and support for improved production, profit and sustainability. Andrew Bailey MLA 30/11/2013
Winnaleah Towards 2000 with legumes The project aims to quantify the productive potential of 3 legume based pastures in terms of beef live-weight gain per ha per year. White clover, Red clover and Lucerne based pasture systems (each with companion ryegrass) will be contrasted against ryegrass only and ryegrass plus exogenous nitrogen application. The economic merit of the legume systems in driving high utilisation, sustainable production will determined and demonstrated. Peter Ball MLA 30/6/2013
MLA More Beef from Pastures This project is the second phase of More Beef from Pastures funded by MLA and comprises a 3 year program of activity within Tasmania as developed from a business plan approved by MLA. This phase of the program is focussed on facilitating change in knowledge, skills, confidence and practice. It will involve targeted engagement with small groups of capable and willing producers, providing practical tools information and support for improved production, profit and sustainability. Peter Ball MLA 30/11/2013
Overcoming technical and market constraints to the emergence of a profitable beef industry in the north-west highlands of Vietnam The aim of the project is to develop, evaluate and implement new technical and market strategies to improve smallholder incomes from beef cattle in the north-west highlands of Vietnam. This will be achieved through: 1. Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of existing beef value chains and the profitability and sustainability of the value chain for smallholder cattle producers. 2. Quantifying the biophysical and socio-economic characteristics of the smallholder farming systems involving cattle production. 3. Developing and testing viable management strategies for capitalising on market opportunities and minimising the impact of the cold, dry season and other important cattle production constraints. Peter Lane ACIAR 1/12/2014
Stepping up grain production in the high rainfall zone of southern Australia Identifying traits of superior wheat and canola varieties that address previously identified limitations to yield in the high rainfall zone. Management practices will also be identified that optimise the expression of these superior varieties. Crop modelling will be utilised to better understand production potential. Geoffrey Dean GRDC 30/6/2013
Quantifying the relative contribution of physiological traits contributing to salinity tolerance in barley and wheat. The project will address six key physiological traits contributing to salinity tolerance: sodium exclusion from uptake; potassium retention in roots; potassium retention in leaves; vacuolar compartmentation of sodium in roots; control of xylem ion loading; and osmotic tolerance. Sergey Shabala GRDC 30/6/2013
Impacts of commercial rotations To conduct DNA surveys of soil-borne pathogens of potato crops under at least two rotations and green manure regimes, across multiple sites in southern Australia. Leigh Sparrow DPI VIC 30/06/2014
Forage and pasture program The establishment of the Cultivar Trust Fund was designed to maximise the commercialisation of research and development undertaken by TIA and DPIWE in the areas of cereal breeding, herbage plant germplasm and grain legume evaluation. Eric Hall DPIPWE Ongoing
Overcoming technical and market constraints to the emergence of profitable beef enterprises in the north west highlands of Vietnam The overall aim of the project is to develop, evaluate and implement new technical and market strategies to improve smallholder incomes from beef cattle in the North West Highlands of Vietnam. This will be achieved through the following objectives: 1. Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of existing beef value chains and the profitability and sustainability of the value chain for smallholder cattle producers. 2. Quantify the biophysical and socio-economic characteristics of the smallholder farming systems involving cattle production. 3. Develop and test viable management strategies for capitalizing on market opportunities and minimizing the impact of the cold, dry season and other important cattle production constraints. Peter Lane ACIAR 1/12/2014
Halophytes for high-saline agriculture: Optimising performance and understanding the physiology Investigate the use of highly salt-tolerant halophyte species as a cash crop to be irrigated with saline wastewater. In particular investigate optimising production in various soil types and climatic conditions and examine the ionic mechanisms underlying salt tolerance. Sergey Shabala ARC 2014
StrikeTreat decision support program Brian Horton Novartis Animal Health Australasia 30/6/2013
Biological control of paropsis charybdis Geoff Allen Scion 30/6/2014
Investigating raised beds as a means of reducing water logging in pyrethrum Provide advice to BRA staff and support for soil sampling and irrigation monitoring for a project to investigate the use of raised beds as a means of reducing water logging in newly established and second harvest pyrethrum crops. John McPhee Botanical Resources Australia 30/6/2015