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.

Exploring the Food Manufacturing Industry here in SA

Researchers from the RC-APD recently visited the site of ‘Food Processing Specialists’ as part of the Professional Development Series.

RC-APD Partner Day and Symposium at Coopers Brewery

The RC-APD had its first Partner Day and Symposium event on 28th October, hosted by Industry Partner Coopers Brewery in their spacious Pavilion at the Regency Park site.

RC-APD Professional Development Series: Ashton Valley Fresh

RC-APD staff and students were treated to an afternoon in the beautiful Adelaide Hills when they visited the orchards and manufacturing facility of Industry Partner Ashton Valley Fresh as part of the Professional Development Series.

SA Chief Scientist, Professor Caroline McMillen

SA Chief Scientist sharing insight into RC-APD Program

RC-APD was honoured to receive the SA Chief Scientist, Prof Caroline McMillen at a commercialisation meeting at Waite campus.

RC-APD's Professional Development Program

RC-APD’s Professional Development Program continues

In  addition to site visits, the RC-APD’s Professional Development Program has incorporated an Eminent Speaker Program which has so far facilitated three speakers to share their knowledge and experience with our staff and students. Dr Vincent O’Brien is Director and...

RC-APD team tours the Green Dispensary

For the RC-APD’s Professional Development Program another site visit was arranged for June, this time to the Green Dispensary Compounding at St Peters.  This NATA-certified facility is a state-of-the-art compounding pharmacy...
Amena Khatun and Caterina Selva at SA Mushrooms

RC-APD team visits SA Mushrooms

Part of RC-APD's Professional Development Program Across the Research Consortium for Agricultural Product Development program, we aim to engage with leading experts and industry leaders by building knowledge and expertise, gain insights, and advance opportunities for...
Assoc Prof Tara Pukala

Assoc Prof Tara Pukala, new President of ANZSMS

A huge congratulation to our very own RC-APD Chief Investigator Associate Professor Tara Pukala, on her election results as the next Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSMS) president! Well done Tara! To...
Mushrooms at the market

Sunscreen Produced by Mushroom Waste

Researchers in Adelaide are working on turning mushroom waste into items like sunscreen, skincare products and coating for outdoor furniture coating. The research will help growers convert waste into something valuable.Prof Vincent Bulone The idea is to substitute...

RC-APD Launched by the Hon D Pisoni MP

Prof V Bulone and Mr D Pisoni MP at the official launch of the Research Consortium for Agricultural Product Development. South Australian Minister for Innovation and Skills the Hon. David Pisoni today officially launched the $10.9 million Research Consortium Program...