Terragen Biotech Awarded Federal CRC-Projects Funding for Field Research
17 October 2017Terragen Biotech is pleased to announce it has been awarded significant Federal Government funding from the CRC-Projects program for Developing Northern Australia (CRC-P DNA).
Terragen will act as the lead participant in a three-year research project with its project partners - the University of the Sunshine Coast, Soils First NQ and up to twelve banana farmers.
The project, “Improving Productivity and Quality of Banana Crops in Northern Australia”, will be centred on field research in far north Queensland.
Key aims of the project are to determine the effectiveness of biological inoculants in improving banana crop yields, reducing nitrogen fertiliser applications, reducing fruit wastage and enhancing fruit quality. Evidence from previous pilot scale applications indicates a potential for these productivity benefits to add more than $140 million per annum of value to the banana industry. This research project will formalise the pilot scale observations and advance knowledge for optimising inoculant application practices. Additional benefits may arise from the contribution biological products can have to reducing off-farm environmental impacts.
Terragen looks forward to working with a range of stakeholders on this exciting project.