plant and microbial biotech | diagnostics & disease control | biomass value chain
Where Agri-Bio Matters
Agricultural applications of biotech and improvements to the technological supply chain have generated several areas of expertise in the region, including:
Diagnostics + treatments
Biosensors and advanced diagnostic tools can enable agricultural businesses to monitor the overall health of their crops and livestock, and combined with biotech-derived treatments will support the long-term health of organisms and the overall industry.
The arrival of big data, biosensors and the Internet of Things will allow farmers to tend and survey their crops and livestock in a ‘per plant, per animal’ level of detail.
Innovation of the biomass value chain from agriculture includes novel sources of biomass such as algae and seaweed, processing techniques such as engineered organisms, and end-products such as biofuels, biopolymers and biocomposites.
Our leading position for crop productivity and a focus on general cropping suggest our region’s agricultural base could be easily incentivised to adopt innovative biomass production and downstream processing methods.
Some of the businesses linked to industrial biotechnology in the region include: