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.

iPhD student Daniel Clayton-Cuch well placed for project with Agilent Technologies

The industry PhD (iPhD) project, established by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia has the goal to extend high-calibre PhD candidates the opportunity to deliver real-world solutions across industry, applied research...

Congratulations to River Pachulicz on recent publication success

Congratulations to PhD candidate River Pachulicz, on his recent publication success on: Polyphenol characterisation and diverse bioactivities of native Australian lilly pilly (Syzygium paniculatum) extract - Food & Function (RSC Publishing) Magenta lilly pilly...

Professional Development Eminent Speaker Program: Robert Lloyd

As part of our Eminent Speaker Program, the RC-APD hosted Robert Lloyd from Business SA who presented ‘Commercialising New Ideas’. This stimulating seminar focussed on thought-provoking questions about how to generate new ideas and how to commercialise them. Drawing on his experience as part of the Business SA Entrepreneurs’ Program, Mr Lloyd led an excellent Q&A session which was helpful for all RC-APD CIs and researchers to understand the major steps in commercialisation and market analysis.

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.

Radio interview on ARC discovery grant success

Professor Vincent Bulone was recently interviewed by ABC Rural Reporter, Eliza Berlage, on the recent ARC discovery project success. The project relates to using brown seaweed to develop bioactive carbohydrate compounds that can be used to treat respiratory diseases....

Reaping the Benefits of Agricultural Waste using Green Extractions

Dr Long Yu discussed his published paper ‘Valorization of apple pomace through green and reactive extraction of bioactive compounds’ at the recent Wine Research Institute’s Annual Research Showcase, held at the National Wine Centre . Research is continuing following...

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...