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.

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.

Annual Postgraduate Symposium success

RCAPD students Daniel Clayton-Cuch and David Nkurunziza were successful at the School of Agriculture, Food And Wine’s Annual Postgraduate Symposium, held at the Waite Campus.

Congratulations Tara Pukala – a Superstar of STEM!

Congratulations to our Co-Director Prof Tara Pukala on becoming a Superstar of STEM

Farewell and thanks to Vincent Bulone!

Together with all our Partners, the staff and students of the RC-APD would like to extend a huge thank you to Prof Vincent Bulone as he begins his new research adventure!  Vincent was the Director for 3 years, and was the driving force behind the successful...

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...