SRA to commission targeted investment for the Australian sugarcane industry

Date Posted

31 October, 2018

Posted by

Cathy Weis

Leading scientists, researchers and research institutions are invited to submit their expressions of interest (EOI) to undertake new research activities that will target specific productivity, profitability, and sustainability requirements of Australian sugarcane growers and millers.

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) is seeking EOIs for new commissioned research investment for 2019/2020, with a focus on specific initiatives identified by the SRA Board.

CEO Mr Neil Fisher said SRA is targeting research concepts within three specific areas only:

  • Key Focus Area 5 (Milling efficiency and technology).
  • Specific activities within Key Focus Area 1 (Optimally adapted varieties, plant breeding and release): Developing advanced technologies for measuring sugarcane fibre qualities; and Developing and validating High-Throughput Phenomics Platforms (HTPP) and technologies for improving the efficiency of sugarcane clonal selection in the breeding program.
  • Transformational Research concepts for step-change across SRA’s Key Focus Areas. Transformational Research is looking for innovative research, development and adoption that, if successful, would result in substantial step-change to industry practice, profitability or sustainability. New and emerging ‘innovative’ technology is anticipated from this work.

Mr Fisher said that EOIs must align with SRA’s five year Strategic Plan (2017/18 to 2021/22).

More information on this targeted investment is available from the SRA website at

You can also contact the SRA Research Funding Unit on (07) 3331 3333 or

“We encourage researchers and institutions with significant expertise in these targeted areas to submit their expressions of interest so that we can deliver profitability, productivity and sustainability outcomes for the Australian sugarcane industry,” Mr Fisher said.

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