Dryland Natural Rubber - Grower Group R&D Grants Program

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The Grower Group Research and Development (R&D) Grants Program awarded $6.7 million to 16 grower groups across Western Australia in its inaugural round. The grants are administered by the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA (DAFWA) and supported by Royalties for Regions.

Dryland natural rubber
Organisation: Fitzgerald Biosphere Group
Grower Group R&D Grant amount: $200 000

Fitzgerald Biosphere Group will initiate the development and commercialisation of Parthenium argentatum (guayle) as a sustainable, multi-functional industrial crop in Western Australia. The project has three objectives: to trial Parthenium argentatum as a perennial crop on the South Coast, to raise awareness of the species as an alternate commercial crop and to develop relationships with potential investors.

Parthenium argentatum is a species from which natural rubber is sourced. It is native to the desert of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico; similar regions of which can be found in Australia.

The $17.4 million Grower Group R&D Grants Program is a major component of the Agricultural Sciences R&D Fund managed by DAFWA.

For the latest updates from across all the grant projects, check out DAFWA's Facebook and Twitter accounts #GGgrants.


Contact information

Agricultural Sciences R&D Fund