Bundaberg Research Facility (BRF)

Agri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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Growers looking at a macadamia orchard

The 59 hectare facility near Bundaberg undertakes research in sub-tropical horticulture, vegetable and field crops across a broad range of species including mandarins, avocadoes and macadamia nuts, strawberries and peanuts. The deep red volcanic soils provide excellent capacity for R&D to a wide range of horticultural and coastal broad acre crops and sugar cane projects as well as 10 HA each of Citrus Breeding & Mac Breeding.

Website https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/contact/offices/stations-facilities/bundaberg

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Development of coastal farming systems involving sugarcane,peanuts and soybeans
  • Breeding and evaluation of macadamia germplasm, both on and off facility
  • Evaluation of strawberry germplasm
  • Evaluation of peanut germplasm
  • Evaluation of avocado high productivity production systems
  • Evaluation of macadamia high productivity production systems
  • Breeding and evaluation of mandarin germplasm
  • Evaluation of sweet potato germplasm using off station co-operators

Facilities and major equipment

  • 59 ha research farm with a mix of red and black volcanic soil
  • Research polyhouses for seedling growth
  • State of the art computer controlled irrigation system
  • Research laboratories and coldrooms
  • Specialist vegetable plant and equipment to support research activity

Number of research staff

20-100 research staff

Address

49 Ashfield Road, Rubyanna, Bundaberg, 4670

Organisation type

  • Queensland Government – Partner

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