Welcome to the May 2021 edition of CRDC under the microscope - CRDC's e-news for cotton researchers. Got a question? Ask our team today!
An update on our investment rounds
Last night, with the release of the Federal Budget, CRDC's investments for 2021-22 were confirmed. As a result, the new CRDC-supported RD&E projects for the 2021-22 investment year can now becontracted ahead of the 1 July project start date. The full list of CRDC's investments for 2020-21 will be included in a future edition of CRDC under the microscope.
In addition, the CRDC investment round for 2022-23 will commence early next month, with our strategic R&D forum held in conjunction with the Cotton Australia general meeting in Brisbane on 2-3 June.
This forum is the first step in our annual process: we'll be sitting down with the Cotton Australia research panels to work through where we're up to in our CRDC Strategic RD&E Plan, and to identify research gaps. From here, we'll be developing our Expression of Interest guidelines, and issuing a call later this year for researchers to respond.
CRDC hosts students on cotton tour of Narrabri
15 PhD, postdoc and honours students had a behind-the-scenes look at the cotton industry at Narrabri last week, visiting dryland and irrigated cotton farms, exploring the cotton seed, ginning, and classing processes and hearing about the range of research underway at the Australian Cotton Research Institute (ACRI).
The tour, hosted by CRDC's Rachel Holloway and CSIRO's Trudy Staines, was designed to provide the students with an introduction to the cotton industry, and included a visit to the Norrie’s family farm ‘Mollee,’ Auscott’s farm and gin, CSD’s breeding lab and seed plant, the Australian Classing Services’ facility and CGS’s Wee Waa office.
The tour was a paddock to processing look at the industry to help the students understand the life cycle of cotton and how their research may help the industry.
Students on the tour visiting the glasshouses at ACRI.
We love to see researchers, growers and partners in the cotton industry tag us on twitter, so we can join in the conversation and share the insights, queries, achievements and work. Tag us at @CottonResearch (and our friends at CottonInfo at @CottonInfoAust) and we can further share your work, event or research. Here are some recent tweets from our researchers and research partners: