Areas of investment

The GDRC takes great care to ensure it invests in projects that are highly relevant to the grain industry’s needs. To this end, we have extensively consulted with growers and other stakeholders in determining the focus for our investment plan. Through these consultations, we’ve identified eight key areas in which our research and development (R&D) investments will achieve the highest returns for the industry.

 

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How we manage investments

The GRDC receives around $200 million in funding annually, funding hundreds of new research projects and initiatives. Learn how we invest this in high-impact projects that maximise the profitability of Australia's grain industry.

More about our investment process

Priority areas

Our priority areas are described below. You can browse project summaries and final reports for each area using the links in the right-hand column.

Priority area Description Related projects
Agronomy
  • Breeding of new grain varieties to improve crop yield
  • Improvements to drought resistance and extreme temperature

Project summaries

Final reports

Disease
  • Monitoring new and existing diseases including bacteria, fungi, virus and parasites
  • Development of measures to manage known diseases and improve disease resistance

Project summaries

Final reports

Farming systems
  • Improving productivity and profitability through continual improvements to business management and farming systems
  • Includes water use efficiency, crop rotation methods, and adaptation to environmental changes

Project summaries

Final reports

Information research support
  • Activities that support excellence in R&D within the grains industry
  • Includes capacity building, R&D infrastructure analysis, and statistical modelling

Project summaries

Final reports

Nutrition
  • Development of best-practice techniques for improving crop nutrition
  • Improving nutrient uptake and added nutrient use
  • Deepening our understanding how crops use nutrients and how best to apply them

Project summaries

Final reports

Pests
  • Development of improved pest control measures
  • Monitoring and managing emerging pest concerns
  • Developing responses to pesticide resistance

Project summaries

Final reports

Soil
  • Addressing soil-related constraints such as acidity, non-wetting and compaction

Project summaries

Final reports

Weeds
  • Monitoring ongoing weed-related risks and concerns
  • Development of weed-control techniques and management of herbicide resistance

Project summaries

Final reports

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