Several industry sectors are serviced by marine biotechnology in South Australia. South Australia is home to a large seafood industry that is constantly looking to value-add to its products. The Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre (Seafood CRC) was based in Adelaide from 2007 to 2014 and provided support in the way of funding research projects for several SA seafood/aquaculture industries e.g., Southern Bluefin Tuna, Yellowtail Kingfish, Sardines, Oysters and Southern Rocklobster. Australian Kelp Products (AKP) in Beachport, South Australia produces liquid kelp fertiliser, and animal feed from seaweed. In driving the Australian third-generation high-value marine bioproducts industry development, an Australian national industry-driven R&D consortium of over 70 industry and research Partners has secured a significant public and private funding in 2021 to support the establishment of Marine Bioproducts Cooperative Research Centre (MBCRC), the Australian national industry-driven R&D flagship.
Over the next 10 years, MBCRC aims to invest more than $270 million in total project R&D value. The MBCRC will have its headquarters at Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide, South Australia.
The objective of the MBCRC is to transform Australia’s emerging marine bioproducts sector into a globally competitive industry. The focus will be on industry and market-driven innovations to improve both the supply chain and value chain and deliver economies of scale and competitive capacity, enabling Australia to access high value markets across the globe.
Adelaide’s universities and government institutes collaborate with, and support, these industries in the production of marine bioproducts. The Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development (CMBD) at Flinders University has been pioneering biorefinery and bioprocessing in marine biotechnology using integrated biotechnology processes to help understand the functional components of raw materials and transform them into higher value products in a cost effective manner, whilst reducing waste and pollution. CMBD has collaborated on projects in the areas of biofuels, fish processing co-products, biomaterials, marine drugs, cosmetics and functional foods. The micro-algal biotechnology group in the Chemical Engineering Department at Adelaide University researches the ecology of microalgae towards assisting the development of bioactive compounds, aquaculture feed and renewable fuels.
The South Australian Development Institute (SARDI Aquatic Sciences) hosts the Algae and Biofuels Facility, providing raceway systems for microalgae production as well as analytical services to research and industry. SARDI also researches the potential for seaweed culture in integrated multi-trophic aquaculture as well as collaborating in research projects with several seafood industries. CSIRO is supporting the development of marine bioproducts for human health and nutrition in partnership with Universities and helping researchers accelerate their bioproducts to real world applications through their ON Prime-ON Accelerator program
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