Industry Engagement

We are here to work with your industry in addressing the challenges of protected crop production and the pathway to markets for food and floral logistics.

Engagement With Horticultural Industry

The major purpose of the Centre is to work in direct partnership with industry and research partners with a glasshouse system that is among the best and most advanced anywhere in the world. Our industry partners turn to us to address complex questions in protected cropping, requiring a level of control and precision that is not readily achieved anywhere else.

Importantly, our Centre designs tailored programs that draw on broader University and industry expertise to provide sound answers, factoring in the business problems faced by modern horticultural enterprises in the rapidly-shifting context of the urban food production system.

Richmond makes an ideal location to connect the Sydney region with Australian growers and domestic and export points in the Sydney markets, through Sydney Airport and the new Western Sydney Airport. Richmond is highly accessible via local motorway routes and rail lines, with good local accommodation available for hosting your next industry meeting or event.

Idea To Commercialisation

Many of our industry partners are realising the benefits available in engaging with the Centre and drawing on the expertise available in research and development from the initial idea or business problem through eventually to potential commercialisation.

The Centre builds research programs that analyse the suitability of seed varieties, the  effectiveness of growing media and nutrient combinations, opportunities in harnessing energy from sunlight for both plant growth and operations of glasshouse facilities to reduce costs and much more.

Contribute To Our Better Protected Cropping Industry

We invite and welcome all interest from industry delegates and encourage you to contact us.

A better and more highly-skilled horticultural workforce opens up new opportunities for innovation and job growth. Protected cropping is rapidly becoming one of the visionary solutions for food production in peri-urban areas, with numerous benefits as a result.

By investing in the development of our horticultural and food industry, you are contributing to our more sustainable and liveable Sydney with benefits that will deliver jobs, food security, growth and innovation across Australia and worldwide.

Key Contact: Prof Priti Krishna, Industry Engagement Leader