Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI) has announced its annual Call for Proposals for on-farm and off-farm research and development (R&D) projects. A myriad of R&D possibilities are available to organisations interested in realising opportunity within the booming Australian wool industry.
AWI invests in research, development and marketing (RD&M) across the wool industry supply chain to enhance the profitability, international competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian wool industry, and to increase demand and market access for Australian wool. The wool industry has ended 2017 on record high wool prices and the appeal of investment and innovation in the industry continues to increase. Competition to be successful in the application process is strong. General Manager of Research, Jane Littlejohn, says “AWI’s on-farm research strategy has reached its mid-point and AWI is looking for full project proposals to round off its investment into the 2019 Financial Year. Additionally, AWI is always interested in concepts from researchers that might inform AWI investments in a future strategic period.”
One successful project from the 2017 round of proposals is looking at sheep ectoparasite resistance. The objective of the project is to determine the insecticide resistance profiles of the two major ectoparasites of the wool industry, the Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina, and the sheep body louse Bovicola ovis. This three-year project is now underway with the final report projected for publishing late 2019.
Projects like this one create innovation within the wool industry and the results from these projects are of great significance to woolgrowers an...
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