Emerging technologies

We deliver innovative cross–disciplinary platform technologies to impact the productivity, environmental sustainability and economic growth of the horticulture sector.

Our research includes:

  • Nanotechnology for crop protection - BioClay platform
  • Novel plant propagation technologies
  • Germplasm conservation
  • Genomics, gene editing and modelling for crop improvement
Research leader Professor Neena Mitter said BioClay – an environmentally sustainable alternative to chemicals and pesticides – could be a game-changer for crop protection.

“In agriculture, the need for new control agents grows each year, driven by demand for greater production, the effects of climate change, community and regulatory demands, and toxicity and pesticide resistance,” she said.

“Our disruptive research involves a spray of nano-sized degradable clay used to release double-stranded RNA, that protects plants from specific disease-causing pathogens.”

The research, by scientists from the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) and UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is published in Nature Plants.

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