Celebrating young agricultural innovators
27 February 2019
- 14 agricultural researchers share in $330,000 worth of grants through the Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
- The awards help turn ideas for improving agricultural productivity into reality
- Winners also finalists for Minister's award, announced at ABARES Outlook Conference
Innovative ideas to develop airborne disease detection and mapping for grain farmers, a smarter way to fence using your phone and purifying abattoir water for re-use are among the 14 winning projects as part of the Coaltion Government's Science and Innovation Awards.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the winners would receive grants of up to $22,000 to further develop their ideas and boost Australia's agriculture sector.
"These innovators are the ones who'll keep Australian agriculture at the cutting edge," Minister Littleproud said.
"These are innovative and practical ideas that will make farm businesses more efficient and provide greater protection against biosecurity threats.
"One project uses automation to quickly put in farm fencing.
"The Smart Fencer automatically drives fence posts and runs wire while you tow it behind a ute.
"This project could slash the time and labour needed for fencing farms.
"Another project is developing real-time airborne disease detection and mapping it for grain farmers, which will let farmers to protect their crops more effectively and reduce losses.
"Another is looking at recycling abattoir wastewater with plasma to remove waste products.
"All projects have big potential and we want to see them reach their goals.
"One project will also win the Minister's Award with another $22,000 to help deliver the project."
The Science Awards will be presented at a gala dinner as part of ABARES Outlook conference 2019 from March 5-6 in Canberra.
For more information visit http://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/conferences-events/scienceawards
- 14 Science and Innovation award recipients, each supported by a research and development corporation or industry organisation.
- Awards started in 2001 and have supported 250 innovators with $4 million in grants.
- The Coalition Government invests $1.1 billion a year in rural R&D corporations, Cooperatives, the CSIRO, universities, tax Incentives and other programs.
|Meat & Livestock Australia Award||Travis Allington||Application of sensor technologies to understand the effects of ewe behaviour on survival of multiple born lambs.|
|Australian Meat Processor Corporation Award||Dr Kateryna Bazaka||Abattoir wastewater treatment.|
|Cotton Research and Development Corporation Award||Dr Dean Brookes||Detecting cotton pests and pathogens using environmental DNA from irrigation water.|
|Grains Research and Development Corporation Award||Lewis Collins||Real-time airborne disease detection and mapping platform.|
|Dairy Australia Award||Bethany Finger||Improving juvenile in vitro production and transfer (JIVET) outcomes in cattle.|
|Australian Eggs Award||Elizabeth Hickey||Optimisation of the growth conditions of campylobacter hepaticus in large-scale fermentation for vaccine production.|
|Forest & Wood Products Australia Award||James Kondilios||Geonomically adjusted seed provenancing to protect hardwood eucalyptus plantations in the face of imminent climate change.|
|Wine Australia Award||Dr Rocco Longo||A new tool for in-line and real-time grape juice assessments.|
|CSIRO Health and Biosecurity Award||Dr Jessica Lye||Citizen scientists as early detectors of priority exotic plant pests in urban environments.|
|Australian Wool Innovation Award||Hugh McKay||Smart Fencer Trailer. |
|Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Award||Dr Elliot Scanes||Unlocking the oyster microbiome to improve aquaculture in a rapidly changing climate.|
|Australian Eggs Award||Dr Kirsty Short||Using comparative genomics to prevent bird flu in poultry.|
|Australian Pork Ltd Award||Anne Watt||Investigations into bacterial causes of pleuritic in slaughter animals.|
|AgriFutures Australia Award||Ashlea Webster||Portable, real-time decision support for legume growers.|