AU: University of Adelaide receives grant for hemp seed project

The University of Adelaide has been awarded $1,965,291 in linkage grants by the Australian Research Council to undertake research that will bring benefits in the meat, hemp, mining and performing arts industries.

The ARC’s Linkage Program promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies. The latest grants announced are outcomes of the Linkage Projects Round 3 for 2020.

“I congratulate our experts on securing funding for their important projects,” said Professor Anton Middelberg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), the University of Adelaide.

“These Australian Research Council grants will enable our experts, in partnership with industry, government and the performing arts community, to undertake valuable work that will benefit society.”

Professor Rachel Burton from the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture Food and Wine has received $513,272 to undertake the project Pioneering seed solutions for the industrial hemp industry. Her team aims to develop the next generation of elite industrial hemp cultivars, grown for their seed with high protein and oil content. They will be drought resistant and minimize the amount of THC – the psychoactive compound – found in them. The Australian Hemp and Seed Company is a partner in the project which is supported by the University’s Waite Research Institute.


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