Developing a small native vegetable industry based on Platysace deflexa

Summary

The project aims to facilitate the development of a new industry based on the native radish, Platysace deflexa, in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia. The project will concurrently address: research questions around genetic variability of vegetable performance; development of scaleable propagation methodologies, and evaluation improved harvesting methodologies. establishment of industry capacity in relation to the agronomic requirements (propagation/cultivation) of the crop through the delivery of extension. the establishment of 24 small production areas (approx 0.25ha plots) in the northern and/or eastern parts of the Great Southern Region that will enable improved knowledge of the agricultural system and then provide product that can then be tested in the marketplace. the trialing of a range of potential value added end products for the market.

Program

New and Emerging Plant Industries

Research Organisation

University of Western Australia

Objective Summary

Research Evaluate genetic diversity within the species (Platysace deflexa) in relation to key tuber attributes for performance as a root vegetable for the native food industry. Explore mechanical harvesting options for a developing new industry. Extension Provide extension tools for new entrants in a new industry based on Platysace deflexa (eg fact sheets, field days). Develop industry capacity in agronomic aspects of platysace production (with a focus on propagation and cultivation). Development Establish 24 small production areas (approx 0.25ha plots) in the northern and/or eastern parts of the Great Southern Region. Commence production, with a view to having product available to the market at the end of 2013. Undertake a value adding trial to evaluate potential end products for the market.

Project Code

PRJ-008380

Project Stage

Closed

Project Start Date

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Project Completion Date

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

NEPI-Feasibility studies and industry literature reviews

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