SRA seeks research ideas to benefit sugarcane growers and millers

Date Posted

14 September, 2015

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Sugar Research Australia (SRA) is seeking applications for new research projects that will deliver profitability, productivity and sustainability outcomes for sugarcane growers and millers.

Researchers and research institutions are being invited to submit applications for projects as part of SRA’s call for projects to commence in 2016/2017.
SRA CEO Mr Neil Fisher said that SRA is looking to commission research projects that will deliver on SRA’s strategic objectives for creating positive outcomes for sugarcane growers and millers.

“SRA continues to target gaps in our research knowledge with a priority on projects that are achievable and deliver a significant financial impact for sugarcane growers and millers,” Mr Fisher said.

“We also seek projects that have a focus on collaboration, that are developed in consultation with industry, and require an investment that is realistic in relation to the outcomes.

“I encourage researchers from within the industry and from the broader agricultural research sector to put their best ideas forward.”
Mr Fisher said that SRA has a strategic focus on four priority Impact Areas:

  • Solving Yellow Canopy Syndrome;
  • Conventional and genetically modified plant breeding;
  • Minimising harvest losses and value chain improvements; and
  • Improving the adoption of research.

“This call for projects has a focus on these four Impact Areas, while SRA also recognises that important research is also needed within the eight Key Focus Areas (KFAs) identified within SRA’s Strategic Plan,” Mr Fisher said.

The eight KFAs can be found on the SRA website.

“We encourage researchers and research institutions to submit preliminary research proposals and to bring their best ideas to the table in the context of the Impact Areas and the Key Focus Areas.

“More information on how to apply is available via the SRA website, Questions can also be directed to the Research Funding Unit at SRA on (07) 3331 3333.”

Media contact: SRA Brad Pfeffer 0419 175 815.

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