The grains industry plays a vital role in Australia’s economy, representing 24 percent of total agricultural exports.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) supports the industry through investing in research, development and extension (RD&E) to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers.

The GRDC invests over $198 million in around 700 RD&E initiatives to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers across a broad range of research areas – from molecular biology to farming systems. Within their carefully balanced portfolio is a range of investments, from long-term, high risk, ‘blue sky’ research to short-term, outcome-focused applied research at the local level. The GRDC’s investments deliver results and aim to continually break new ground for growers.

GRDC is working to ensure Australian grain growers have:

  • better practices, developed faster
  • access to superior varieties that enable them to effectively compete in global markets
  • new products and services (both on and off farm) to assist growers to effectively compete in global grain markets
  • the awareness and capacity to optimise adoption of grains research outputs.

Visit www.grdc.com.au


The CRC for High Performance Soils (Soil CRC) is bringing together scientists, industry and farmers to find practical solutions for Australia’s underperforming soils. The Soil CRC aims to enable farmers to increase their productivity and profitability by providing them with knowledge and tools to improve the performance of their soils.

It is the biggest collaborative soil research effort in Australia’s history, with 39 Participants contributing to the Soil CRC through both cash and in-kind contributions. The Soil CRC coordinates research across a range of disciplines including social science, economics, biology, chemistry, agronomy and soil science. It has funding until 2027.

Through its soil research and innovation program, the Soil CRC will develop new solutions that will unlock the potential of Australia’s agricultural sector. It will address the billions of dollars in lost opportunity experienced by farmers and regional communities due to infertile and underperforming soils.

The Soil CRC will deliver

  • New mechanisms for financially rewarding management of high performance soils.
  • New integrated soil management solutions that provide greater precision for farmers.
  • New ways to measure the performance of soils.
  • New advanced and innovative products to increase soil fertility and function.

As Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO pushes the boundaries of what is possible in innovation, science and technology. CSIRO delivers impact nationally and globally through collaboration with industry, governments and communities. CSIRO Agriculture and Food takes an integrated ‘gene to plate’ approach to improve crop quality and yield, develop innovative food processing technologies, create new value-added foods, and grow our livestock, aquaculture and fishery industries.



Located between Sydney and Brisbane in the beautiful New England region, the University of New England is the premier provider of soil, environmental, agricultural and animal science education and research in Australia. The Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law at UNE has more than 340 academic, professional and research staff with more than 400 postgraduate students enrolled in research Masters or PhD programs. With unrivalled research capabilities, equipment, laboratory facilities and SMART Farms, UNE offers significant opportunities for collaborative research projects. Our extensive networks of research partners include key agencies both national and international to deliver research outcomes of global significance and impact. We attract staff and postgraduate students from around the world to work on high profile projects that span fundamental to applied research in the soil science, environmental science, animal science and agricultural management disciplines, all of which were ranked ERA 5 – ‘Well Above World Standard’ in 2019.  Postgraduate study at UNE is supported by a generous scholarship scheme and for the last 14 years, UNE has earned the top, ‘five-star’ rating from the Good Universities Guide for the quality of our teaching, student experience and graduate employment, a record unmatched by any other Australian public university.



CSIRO Publishing operates as an editorially independent science publisher within the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Established as a stand-alone business unit in 1995, our internationally recognised publishing program covers a wide range of scientific disciplines, including agriculture, plant and animal sciences, chemistry, health and the environment.

Our product range includes journals, books and magazines both in digital and print formats and we have a global reputation for quality and excellence. Our journals are all peer-reviewed, and many have been publishing articles for over 40 years.



Seasol is a 100% family owned Australian business. We manufacture and market organic liquid seaweed and environmentally friendly fertilisers in the commercial, export and home garden sector. Our products have been used successfully across a wide variety of crops for over 40 years and we are  committed to proving our own company tag line, Seasol is “a better way to grow”.

We control all aspects of our product supply, from the source of the kelp, to the volume required to meet demand regardless as to whether it is a run of 5 or 20 litres all the way up to multiple IBC’s.

Because all the bottling is done in house, our factory can change packing schedules rapidly to minimise potential out of stock caused by increased demand. Our growing range of plant tonics, fertilisers, soil conditioners and water saving products are designed to help keep gardens green and beautiful and farms more productive and sustainable.


7th International Symposium
Soil Organic Matter

6 – 11 October 2019

Hilton Adelaide

Adelaide, South Australia


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