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Published: 17 Jun 2020

Prof Sergey Shabala

The 2019 Highlights Report provides a snapshot of TIA's contribution to supporting prosperous, innovative and sustainable agriculture and food sectors in Tasmania and beyond.

This report showcases TIA's research, development and extension across four Centres (Horticulture; Dairy Grains and Grazing; Agricultural Systems; Food Safety and Innovation) and highlights from our Teaching and Learning program. Key achievements include:

  • Engagement with the Tasmanian Government’s new Agricultural Innovation Fund, which provides an additional $3 million for strategic RD&E projects. The first project supported by this aims to expand treatments for blueberry rust for Tasmanian growers.
  • Signing a partnership with the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, supporting research and development into growing Chinese Traditional Medicines in Tasmania for export.
  • A new research agreement between TIA and Essential Oils of Tasmania to support Tasmania’s growing essential oils and plant extracts sector.
  • A research partnership with SeedForce to develop a new variety of barley that will withstand extreme wet conditions with no negative impacts on its yield and quality.
  • Concluding the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products, which successfully worked with industry to train food scientists who will contribute to the development of the fresh produce sector.
  • Launching a mid-year intake for the popular Masterclass in Horticulture Business in response to industry demand.
  • Awarding $224,000 worth of community and industry-funded scholarships to support students studying agriculture at the University of Tasmania.

Read the report online 2019 Highlights (PDF 6.31 MB).