Putting Australian native rice on our plates and in restaurants is one step closer after a successful harvest of three species sourced from Northern Australian wetlands.
Charles Darwin University’s Dr Sean Bellairs is a specialist in site revegetation and in breeding and establishing plants indigenous to Australia’s north. He’s also the research lead on the CRC’s four-year, multi-partner ‘Native rice commercialisation’ project.
The federal-government-backed $4m Research Institute for Northern Agriculture and Drought Resilience will boost CDU’s research capability in aquaculture, livestock, pastoral production. and cropping and horticulture systems.
Indigenous communities now have a tool enabling them to assess the quality and sweetness of their wild-harvested native bush fruits in the field, rather than sending samples off to food science laboratories.
In stage 1 of this multi-year collaboration, two CRC partner universities, NT Government and three First Nations enterprises have joined forces to collect, analyse and develop protocols for the world’s first broadacre plantings of native wild rice in Northern Australia.
A new research and innovation hub, based at Charles Darwin University and with nodes in Katherine, Alice Springs, Broome and Perth, will help Northern Australia’s producers and communities prepare for and respond to drought.
Commonwealth, State and Territory government funding is available to help Australia’s food, beverage, agricultural and ancilllary organisations, big and small, revive and thrive post-pandemic.
Appointed to the ‘Commercialising native rice project’ early in 2020, CRC PhD student and beneficial indigenous-species expert Gehan Abdelghany is working on the theoretical component of her doctorate from Egypt while she waits for travel bans to lift.
Two UNSW academics are helping ensure that Indigenous peoples and communities reap the benefits of products developed from bush foods and traditional medicines.