Agriculture and Food Business Unit (AF)

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

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The Agriculture and Food Business Unit of is a major unit of Australia's national science organisation - one of the largest and most diverse scientific research organisations in the world. The Unit undertakes leading animal and food research in aquaculture, crops, digital agriculture, food manufacturing, food security, future protien, horticulture, and livestock and pasture and sustainable farm managment systems.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Aquaculture research focused on farmed finfish, crustaceans and molluscs
  • Cropping reseach in cotton, oil crops, proteomics and phenomcs, sugarcane and over 60 year grains research
  • Expertise in molecular biology, plant physiology, agronomy and innovative gene technology for pest and disease management

Facilities and major equipment

  • Atherton -Tropical Forest Research Centre
  • Bribie Island Research Centre
  • Cairns - Australian Tropical Forest Institute
  • Coopers Plains -Health and Food Sciences Precinct
  • Dutton Park - Ecosciences Precinct
  • Gatton Research Facility
  • St Lucia - Queensland Bioscience Precinct
  • Toowoomba - Tor Street Research Facility
  • Townsville - Australian Tropical Forest Institute
  • Woodstock - Lansdown Pasture Research Station

Number of research staff

200-300 research staff


306 Carmody Road, St Lucia QLD 4067

Lead researcher

  • Dr Micheal Battaglia—Led the development of the amazing livestock seaweed feed supplement that will virtually eliminate methane production and increase animal productivity.

Achievements of the centre

  • Development of smart phone app, Graincast, that enables Australian farmers to forecast grain yield
  • Development of the SoilMapp for iPad that provides direct access to the best national soil data and information
  • Providing trusted scientific advice to government and food safety regulators that shapes national food safety regulations

Organisation type

  • Part of national organisation – Government

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