Barnaby Joyce recently said agribusiness was entering a “golden era” and he may be right. Australian fruit and vegetable exports to Asia are booming, and IBISWorld expects it to continue. Also in Innoveat this month, we look at a couple of Aussie farmers growing their businesses by “sciencing the s**t out of it”, and Queensland Uni’s crop protection game-changer.
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‘Mixing it up with the big boys’ – we present two timely case studies demonstrating small plant breeders succeeding on the world stage. Also, a global expert in crop agronomy speaks to horticultural scientists gathered in far north Queensland, saying “If you want to grow your way out of poverty, don't plant rice or wheat. Grow vegetables." He also had a message for Australian plant breeders.
Australian agri-science is buzzing. This month: our colleagues at the PBI target a healthier population and a healthier environment with a scientific twist on an age old technique. Also, a research paper says Australian horticulture needs sustained investment in R&D to compete in the global fruit and vegetable trade “new world order”. Finally, the robots are coming! Australia’s first horticultural robotics hub just opened.