Accelerating Wattle Seed production for the Australian Native Food Industry


The Wattle Seed (Acacia species) industry has the potential to be a game changer in the Australian agriculture sector. It is arid adapted, suits our climate, and it’s a tree crop that can produce sustainably year on year. There are over 100 edible wattle species recognised across Australia and they grow in every ecosystem represented across the entire continent, including Tasmania and many of our islands. Many wattle species that are edible are used in all types of land rehabilitation (mining and environmental). It is estimated that the industry needs to triple its production volumes over the next five years to reach a GVP of $10M. This does not take into account the value of processed or valueadded product that is the common practice for current growers that results in better pricing returns at the farm gate or from wild harvest production. This project is designed to achieve commercial plantation production to enable a GVP of over $10M to be achieved through research on existing plantings and new trials for species selection and agronomy management, research to develop mechanical planting and harvesting machinery, that are designed to also provide development and extension information. The project will also facilitate the development of marketing and supply chain information and develop investor strategies and models.


New and Emerging Industries

Research Organisation

Australian Native Food Industry

Objective Summary

Research is needed into the following areas: Plant selection from current established planting and identified wild populations as the basis for new plantings and the establishment of the basis for a future breeding program (not part of this project). This would include nutritional and toxicological testing of all species not yet carried out for food safety issues to be identified and dealt with. Species agronomy management research that takes into account different production areas and the management of multiple species plantings to provide the basis for trials for demonstration and provision of extension material. Mechanical planting and harvesting methodology to provide the basis for plantation commercial production. Investor models to enable new players to invest and enter the industry Market analysis including diversification of uses to enable future marketing strategies. Health and nutritional benefits of new species examined for food safety and marketing purposes.

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Project Start Date

Monday, June 22, 2020

Project Completion Date

Friday, May 27, 2022

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

NEI - New and Emerging Industries - M1