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Ongoing project

Novel topical vegetable, cotton virus and whitefly protection (VG16037)

Key research provider: The University of Queensland

What’s it all about?

Beginning in 2018 and due for completion in 2021, this investment aims to minimise the economic impact of pest infestation on vegetables (and on cotton) through the development of an innovative topical protection medium, BioClay. The high-tech BioClay spray is anticipated to prime the plant’s own defences, similar to how a vaccine works, helping the plant to naturally attack specific crop pests and pathogens. The project has a range of co-investors, including the Cotton Research and Development Corporation.

Related levy funds
Details

This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Vegetable Fund