Feature project: Research consortium for agricultural product development
The Research Consortium for Agricultural Product Development (RC-APD) is a collaborative project that is developing new products derived from agricultural waste streams and low-grade commodities.
Led by the University of Adelaide and funded by the Government of South Australia, the RC-APD 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.
The Research Consortium focusses on: extraction of high-value products from problematic waste biomass, horticultural crop improvements, production of functional food ingredients to improve welfare, and the training future thought leaders.
A rigorous research program will provide local industries with efficient, scalable and sustainable approaches to increasing profitability whilst reducing production waste.
End-users and beneficiaries of the research include primary producers; brewing industry; materials, composite, cosmetics, pharmaceutical industries; air purification system sector; nutraceutical and food producers; pre-cut food industry.
Program 1: Fundamental research into biopolymers and bioactive from agricultural crops
Program 2: Property assessment of structural carbohydrates and bioactive compounds
Program 3: Design, engineer and exploit novel products derived from agricultural crops