A new $35million CRC for food innovation

As the Research Theme Lead for the CRC’s Smart indoor cropping program and Director of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment and Director of the National Vegetable Protected Cropping Centre, Professor Ian Anderson will drive the research agenda for this theme and explore cross-cutting interdisciplinary opportunities.

The theme’s work will centre on creating novel automated indoor robotic systems, creating protocols to optimise conditions for plant and disease management in indoor cropping systems. Further, his work will explore novel IP in the technology deployed in protected growing environments.

“Western Sydney University’s involvement in this CRC will connect our research to Australian farmers, enabling them to adopt new cropping technologies and promote advanced monitoring and management of farming practices in the sector.

“Contributing to this consortium links us to a broad range of agriculture and horticulture sector partners from gate to plate at a national and international level. It also raises our profile across the farming sector and builds on our already strong reputation across national funding bodies in terms of our capability to deliver large-scale research in partnership with industry,” said Professor Anderson.