Development of the Bulugudu Technology Platform (or B-Tech) for agriculture is urgently needed since rainfall in Australia’s cropping belt is declining and severely threatening yields. For example, wheat yields are projected to decline by 8–9% by 2030 and >12% beyond 2030. Concomitantly, growing critical crops such as cotton and soybean in Northern Australia is now viewed as de-risking Australian agriculture against drought in southern regions, however, extreme conditions, such as high temperatures, can severely compromise yields (Barker 2020).

Our team has successfully used the B-Tech platform to deliver emerging growth regulators to boost crop yield in semi-arid northern Australian field trials, with scaling to manufacture development currently underway.

Based on entirely natural parent materials, the platform promises a closed circular economy. This will be especially true if Spinifex growth on marginal lands can be enhanced by the B-Tech to sequester carbon and produce additional Spinifex biomaterials.

Project members

Dr Pratheep Kumar Annamalai 

Advance QLD Research Fellow
Rowan Group
Spinifex postdoctoral researcher

Dr Alireza Hosseinmardi

Principal Research Technician, Advanced Spinifex Biofutures Materials Centre
Rowan Group