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Researchers have developed an autonomous ground robot designed for use in broad-acre crops. The robot is currently being developed for weed control, fruit and flower counting with trials to date being done largely on fruiting trees and vegetables. With multiple use applications this technology offers a broad range of development options.

The company has developed a cloud based accounting and financial management software solution for farmers. It does not aim to become a fully-fledged enterprise management system for farms, unlike the majority of Ag-software plays. Contrastingly, this company is exploiting its unique ability to create a single ledger for farmers, consultants and bankers with a level of fidelity that enables them to make real-time financial decisions relating to compliance and tax.

The company is a designer and manufacturer of high performance multipurpose airframes for remotely piloted aerial systems. The company is renowned for its track record of developing industry “firsts” and has considerable know-how relating to componentry configurations, and design geometry.

Researchers at an Australian University have developed a plant breeding system, using existing breeding techniques, to significantly reduce the time required to identify and transfer desirable traits into cereal and legume crops. The system has been demonstrated to reduce the timeframe of cultivar development by 4 to 14 years.

The company has developed a daily decision-making support system for potato growers that increases productivity and environmental sustainability. The company’s plant growth models are patented and difficult to reverse engineer because they are based on decades of research on crop physiology and soil science.

The company is commercialising a suite of patented processes that enables highly scalable and cost-efficient separation of plant biomass into its constituent parts: cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin.

An Australian University has a proprietary collection of bacterial (Bacillus) strains – originally isolated from soil – that suppress soil and leaf borne fungal pathogen growth by producing and releasing antifungal and antibiotic compounds.

The company is developing and commercialising a portable device capable of performing and analysing the results of real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) in the field. Independent validation has demonstrated that the device delivers the same level of accuracy as commercially available RT-PCR machines.