Industry Partnerships

The School of Agriculture, Food and Wine has a strong track record of building research partnerships with industry, government and other organisations to deliver outcomes that directly impact both the Australian and global agricultural, food and wine sectors.

Partnership case studies

Making high value products from agricultural waste

Agricultural waste

Our researchers form an integral part of the RC-APD which brings together nine South Australian-based companies from the agriculture and food sector, and nine national and international academic institutions and industry partners to develop high-value products from agricultural waste.

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Almonds bred for Australian conditions

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The Australian Almond Breeding Program has been a successful collaboration between The University of Adelaide and the Almond Board of Australia and its growers since 1997.

The recent development and commercial release of six new almond varieties bred for Australian conditions will help the industry maintain a competitive edge in both local and overseas markets.

Australian Plant Breeding Academy 

Waite campus.  Plant accelerator. Greenhouse 20. Wheat.

Our researchers have a long history of successful collaborations between the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine and the cereal breeders of Australia. In partnership with Australian Grain Technologies, we have developed a new research program to break new ground in plant breeding, which will train the next generation of plant breeders and crops. 

Australian Plant Breeding Academy

New fertilisers for better crop outcomes

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The Fertiliser Technology Research Centre (FTRC) was established in 2007 via a partnership between The University of Adelaide and The Mosaic Company.

With expertise in soil chemistry, fertiliser technology and plant nutrition, we develop new fertiliser products and technologies for better, more sustainable crop and environmental outcomes.

Backyard friendly Eucalypt varieties

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Our researchers have been working with the horticulture sector in a long-running project to breed new ornamental Eucalypt varieties for the garden and nursery sector.

The result is small Eucalypt trees that can fit into our backyards, so that we can have native trees with their habitat provision and support for our native birds and animals but without the perceived risks of big trees in small backyards.

Vineyard irrigation for better wine in warmer climates

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Research in collaboration with Wine Australia has investigated the best cooling techniques to lower grapevine canopy temperatures during heatwaves. Dramatic results were found when applying specific cooling techniques rather than just leaving the everyday irrigation running for longer.

This has implications for vineyard irrigation and wine production in warmer climates.

New products from food waste streams

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Together with Potatoes South Australia, our researchers have successfully developed a stable puree product from potato waste streams that would otherwise go to landfill.

The puree will be commercialised as a nutrient-rich ingredient for foods specially formulated for infants and the elderly.

Microbrewery experiments


The microbrewery enables and optimises ARC Linkage and CRC-Pgrant opportunities with SMEs as well as the larger and more recognised local industry players such as Coopers Brewery and Big Shed Brewing Concern. The microbrewery provides the ability to scale-up experiments from the lab/benchtop – an essential in growing industry partnerships. The new facility will introduce small-scale testing for industry partners and clients.  


Kate McLachlan


Kate McLachlan
Senior Business Development Manager, Agrifood and Wine, Innovation and Commercialisation Services

Tel: +618 8313 2864