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TIA provides research, development and extension (RD&E) to support, develop and grow our vegetable industries. Major focus crops including potatoes, onions, carrots, brasssicas (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli), beans and peas.

This research contributes to the growth and development of sustainable agricultural production in Tasmania, with national and international relevance.

We emphasise collaboration with local, national and international RD&E providers in project development and implementation, ensuring that our research is aligned with industry needs and aspirations.


  • Management of health soils
  • Plant physiology and crop agronomy
  • Pest and disease ecology and management
  • Vegetable seed science and pollination
  • Seed potato certification

Vegetable Research Facility

TIA operates a 54-hectare research facility at Forthside, on the North-West Coast of Tasmania. The facility is used for research trials by TIA, other research providers and industry, with commercial crops grown in rotation areas not used for experimental work, generating additional revenue.

We have a vision for the Forthside Vegetable Research Facility to become a ‘technological sandpit’ and support growers to increase their knowledge of contemporary agriculture technologies and how the associated data can help inform management decisions.

Take a virtual tour of the farm, without getting your boots muddy! Forthside Vegetable Research facility