R&D projects

Current projects

YearProject Funders and partners
2019

Multi-scale Monitoring Tools for Managing Australian Tree Crops - Industry Meets Innovation: Phase 2

Rural Research and Development for Profit Project scheme

Horticulture innovation Australia

The University of New England is the leading research agency working in collaboration with industry, research bodies and commercial entities:

  • The University of Queensland
  • Central Queensland University
  • Queensland Department of Environment and Science
  • NT Department of Primary Industry and Resources
  • Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • New South Wales Dept. Primary industries
  • Northern Territory Farmers Federation
  • Australian Centre of Land Use and Management Program
  • Citrus Australia
  • Australian Banana Growers Council
  • Australian Mango Industry Association
  • Australian Olive Association
  • Australian Macadamia Society
  • Boundary Bend ltd
  • Costas
  • Tie-Up farming
  • CERES imaging
  • Felix instruments
  • Pinata Farms
  • Hortical and Manbullo Ltd.
2019

Remote Sensing for Biosecurity Surveillance in Urban and Peri-urban environments.

Funded by Horticulture Innovation

Partners:

  • Consilium Technologies Pty Ltd.
  • ArborCarbon Pty. Ltd.
  • AirborneLogic Pty. Ltd.
  • Citrus Australia
  • Plant Health Australia
2019 Remote Sensing for Mapping of Permanent Plantings
  • NSW Local Land Services

2019

Remote Sensing for Peanut

Improving crop management, yield forecasting and industry wide data collection.

This includes satellite based imagery for the measurement of crop emergence, varietal discrimination, yield and aflatoxin risk.

  • Peanut Company of Australia

2019

Evaluating Remote Sensing for Western Australia Citrus (pilot study)

Determining the accuracies of satellite and airplane based remote sensing for measuring yield, quality, nutrition and irrigation management for citrus growers.

  • WA Citrus
  • Arborcarbon

2019 - 2022

Implementing Precision Agriculture Solutions in Australian Avocado Production Systems

Developing remote sensing applications for yield and fruit size mapping; integrating remote sensing and climate modelling to improve yield forecasting models; and updating the national map of avocado orchards to 1 ha resolution.

  • Horticulture Innovation
  • University of Queensland
  • Circul8

2018 - 2021

Improving Mid-Season Nitrogen Management of Rice

Supporting the commercialisation of remote sensing applications that lead to improved nitrogen management, particularly around panicle initiation.

  • AgriFutures Australia
  • Department of Primary Industries (NSW)
  • Charles Sturt University
  • SunRice
  • Rice Extension

2017 - 2019

Mapping Banana Abundance and Varietal Composition in Uganda

Evaluating the accuracies of remote sensing for discriminating different banana varieties grown in Uganda.

  • World Bank
  • Ugandan Bureau of Statistics

2016 - 2019

Adoption of Precision Systems Technology in Vegetable Production

Evaluating precision agricultural technologies and practices that offer benefit to Australian vegetable industry.

UNE evaluated remote sensing for measuring plant health and productivity in carrot and sweet potato.

  • Horticulture Innovation
  • Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QLD)
  • Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
  • Primary Industries and Regions (SA)
  • Harvest Moon
  • Vegetables WA
  • Society of Precision Agriculture Australia

2016 - 2020

Sugar From Space

Improving data access, yield forecasting and targeted nitrogen application for the Australian Sugar industry

Includes commercialisation support for remote sensing (satellite) mapping applications and the evaluation of tractor based sensing for the variable rate application of nitrogen.

  • Sugar Research Australia
  • Farmacist

2016 - 2019

Licence to Farm: Nitrogen Use Efficient (NUE) Varieties to Meet Future Environmental Targets

Identifying optimal NUE varieties for the sugar industry, predominantly in response to future Reef health needs.

UNE evaluated the potential of these technologies for non- invasively screening optimal varieties.

  • Sugar Research Australia

Past projects

YearProject Funders and partners
2017 Identifying the presence of pineapple pests & diseases through remote sensing.
  • UNE
  • QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
2015-2018 Multi-scale Monitoring Tools for Managing Australian Tree Crops - Industry Meets Innovation
  • University of New England
  • University of Queensland
  • Central Queensland University
  • University of Sydney
  • Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation
  • AGTRIX
  • Avocados Australia Ltd
  • Australian Macadamia Society
  • Australian Mango industry Association Ltd
  • Simpson Farms
2014-2015Precision Grazing Management- Real Time Biomass estimation in Pastures
  • Meat and Livestock Australia
  • Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information
  • University of New England
2013-2014Evaluating the efficacy of remote sensing for identifying Yellow Canopy Syndrome in sugarcane
  • Sugar Research Australia
  • AgScene Pty
2013-2014Avocado Projects AV11015 and AV12012: To assess the effectiveness of using remote sensing technologies to predominately collect tree number and tree health
  • Cotton Catchment Communities Cooperative Research Centre
  • QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Terrabytes
2013-2016Remote sensing as an industry wide yield forecasting, nitrogen mapping and research aid
  • Sugar Research Australia
  • University of New England
  • QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
2011-2014Remote sensing to implement an effective pest management strategy for cane grubs
  • Sugar Research Australia
  • University of New England
  • QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • University of Queensland
2009-2012Remote Sensing- based Precision Agriculture Tools for the Sugar Industry
  • Sugar Research and Development Corporation
  • QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
2007-2010In-crop spatial variability assessment and management
  • Cotton Catchment Communities Cooperative Research Centre
  • QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Terrabytes
2004-2009Remote sensing component of Australian Centre of International Agricultural Research Peanut Project (Papua New Guinea)
  • Australian Centre of International Agricultural Research
  • QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Ramu Sugar
  • Trukai Rice
  • NARI
2003-2006SIP09 Precision Agriculture Initiative project: Eye in the sky to revolutionise Australia's northern crop production
  • Grains Research and Development Corporation
  • QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
2002-2007Remote Sensing applications for the determination of Yield, Maturity and Aflatoxin contamination within Peanut (PhD Study)
  • University of Queensland
  • QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Grains Research and Development Corporation