The Research Consortium for Agricultural Product Development (RC-APD) is a $10.9 million (including cash and in-kind), four year program funded by the Government of South Australia.  It brings together nine South Australian-based companies from the agriculture and food sector, and nine national and international academic institutions and industry partners to develop high-value products from agricultural waste.


The development of new products derived from agricultural waste streams and low-grade commodities.

The research activities of the Research Consortium for Agricultural Product Development are undertaken in three cross-disciplinary programs across the campuses and faculties of the University of Adelaide and also at the University of South Australia, in conjunction with our industry partners.


Research activities of the RC-APD are undertaken in three research programs underpinned by key platform technologies.

New hope for apple waste

UniSA’s Ashley Harrat has been working hard trying to find a way to prevent apple waste going to landfill, read his story here…

A visit from the University of Angers, France

Julie Chouen, a third-year student in Biology and Engineering at Polytech Angers is visiting the RC-APD lab for four months.

Mushrooms, Mice and Medicine!

RC-APD researchers Dr Agnieszka Kumorkiewicz-Jamro and Mr Jvaughn Duggan are from the Myeloma Research Laboratory, located at SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute), and they have been very busy with their recent investigations..

ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry

PhD student River Pachulicz has just returned from Houston, USA, attending the 71st American Society of Mass Spectrometry conference where he presented his poster entitled ‘Direct Injection Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Anthocyanins in Brassica oleracea extracts’ .

Visit to Coopers Brewery

Helen Collins and Tara Pukala (University of Adelaide) and Chris Colby and Vince O’Brien (Colby Philips Advisory) visited Doug Stewart at Coopers Brewery to discuss the potential of the malt combings.

RC-APD Governing Board visits Lot 100

Joseph Ceravolo from Industry Partner Ashton Valley Fresh hosted the Governing Board members for a tour, lunch and meeting at the beautiful Lot 100 in the Adelaide Hills.

A visit from Coopers Brewery

Dr Doug Stewart from Coopers Brewery joined us for one of the RC-APD’s regular Research Management team meetings, this one held at the Waite Campus. Pictured are Helen Collins, Doug Stewart, Blagojce Jovcevski and David Nkurunziza.

Red cabbage publication for River

Congratulations to PhD student River Pachulicz on another publication! River, together with other RC-APD researchers has recently been published in ACS (American Chemical Society) Measurement Science.

New fellowship for RC-APD researcher

Congratulations to our champion postdoctoral researcher, Blagojce Jovcevski, for his success in gaining a fellowship from the Hospital Research Foundation Group!

RC-APD Symposium and Partner Day

RC-APD researchers, partners and other guests gathered in the Gallery Room at the National Wine Centre on 20th February for the 2023 Symposium and Partner Day.