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Research project to develop hemp varieties best suited for Australian growers

Southern Cross University is supporting Australia’s emerging hempseed food industry to develop hemp varieties of high nutritional value best suited to local conditions.

Amid global demand for higher quality natural foods, this new research project – funded by the Australian Research Council – puts Southern Cross University at the forefront of locally grown hempseed industries and bolsters the University’s three decades of research with hemp and cannabis.

‘New crop on the block: Genetic control of hempseed nutritional quality’ has been awarded $530,543 over three years through an ARC Linkage Project grant (LP210200606).

Associate Professor Tobias Kretzschmar, a world expert in plant breeding and genetics, will lead the project. His team will work in collaboration with industry partner Kavasil Pty Ltd, a regional hemp research and development (R&D) and consulting company based at Nimbin in the NSW Northern Rivers.

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