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I understand you are doing some trials with a distributor in Australia with some new taste tomatoes. Can you tell us a bit about what these trials involve and any initial feedback you have received?
QQA: As well as being Abundant’s Chief Research Scientist, you’re a Research Fellow at Sydney University’s Plant Breeding Institute, so leaving aside the commercial imperative for the moment, what role do you think science can and should play in the production of food?
Your favourite cucumber company has gotten involved with Australia’s favourite gin company, Hendrick’s.
Together, Abundant and Hendricks are set to create the most unique cucumber in history, bred for the harsh Australian climate, tolerant, strong and delectable... a match made in heaven for Hendrick’s cucumber and rose infused gin.
QQA: Abundant Produce’s core competence is plant breeding, and related IP development. Let’s have a closer look at what that means. Once you decide to work on a particular plant, and desirable traits for that plant, how long does it take to end up with a commercially viable product ready to offer to the market?
QQA: You talk of Abundant Produce being an ethical company. Is it difficult to balance ethical behaviour and social responsibilities with the need to maximise shareholder returns?
QQA: I understand that you founded Abundant Produce around five years ago, but your career in plant science and breeding started some time before that?