South Australian Minister for Innovation and Skills the Hon. David Pisoni today officially launched the $10.9 million Research Consortium Program for Agricultural Product Development (RC-APD) at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus.
The Research Consortium Program for Agricultural Product Development plans to increase the value of agricultural waste and create new post-farmgate industries worth over $100 million a year to South Australia.
Projects underway include:
- Isolating and identifying anthocyanins from apples and berries for use in skincare formulations and other health-promoting products;
- Testing cellulose molecules from waste Brussels sprout stalks and other biomass as replacements for glass fibres in filtration systems and plastic materials, and;
- Extracting vitamin D, beta-glucans and chitosan from mushroom waste for use in nutraceuticals and sunscreen materials.