Expressions of interest: Situation analysis and opportunities for pest, disease and weed RD&A (including biosecurity) in Australian sugarcane

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) invests in and manages a portfolio of research, development and adoption (RD&A) projects that drive productivity, profitability and sustainability for the Australian sugarcane industry.

The SRA Strategic Plan details eight Key Focus Areas (KFAs) for research investment in order to respond to industry’s needs through to 2021-22. KFA 3, Pest, disease and weed management, aims to drive “Reduced or avoided yield losses and/or added input costs”.

SRA is developing an investment strategy for KFA3 that will identify, prioritise and address the needs of the Australian sugarcane industry. The first step is to identify the current state of play with respect to biosecurity, pest, disease and weed RD&A in sugarcane and, where relevant, in other agricultural industries.

SRA is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced individuals or groups to undertake a review of the landscape of biosecurity, pest, disease and weed management: what is being used in the Australian sugarcane industry, what has already been researched or developed but not taken up, and why, and what can be learned from other industries.

Submissions
Proposals must be lodged by email to fundingunit@sugarresearch.com.au by COB 12 March 2020.

The tender request for Situation analysis and opportunities for pest, disease and weed RD&A (including biosecurity) in Australian sugarcane is below.