At a glance
- TIA partners in a significant research hub for Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbs.
- The hub enables the development of a new agricultural industry for Tasmania based on production and processing of premium quality medicinal herbs.
About the project
As a visionary initiative of the Australian Education Management Group (AEMG), a research hub for Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbs was created in partnership with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture in 2019.
The primary objectives of the research hub are to match the Tasmanian climate and soils with potential new crops, and develop growing systems to optimise nutrition and management.
The research hub currently supports a total of 7 PhD projects investigating selected perennial and annual including Astragalus membranaceus, Polygonatum species, Codonopsis pilosula, Perilla frutenscens, Platycodon grandifloras, and Paeonia lactiflora.
We are conducting field and laboratory trials to ensure the sensory and chemistry quality of fresh and dried material meet the required Chinese Pharmacopeia standards.
The hub seeks to enable the development of a new agricultural industry for Tasmania based on production and processing of premium quality medicinal herbs.
The hub will address two key objectives:
1. Identify herb crops of interest to Chinese markets that match the ecophysiological conditions in Tasmanian regions.
2. Develop agronomic production systems and post-harvest processing approaches and techniques for product development, ensuring the sensory and chemistry quality meet the required Chinese Pharmacopeia standards.
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