Suitable sugarcane to diversify income and add value
- The University of Queensland
- Far Northern Milling Pty Ltd
- Sugar Research Australia
This project seeks to identify and develop new opportunities for diversification for sugarcane growers and millers in tropical Far North Queensland by examining options to:
- increase the total biomass production per unit land area by screening diverse genotypes and other crops;
- retain close to current sucrose production but increase the total carbon production (more fibre and molasses or cane juice); and
- add-value to the fibre, molasses and tops of the sugarcane plant.
In addition to testing new 'energycane' varieties, researchers will also trial the use of sorghum as a perennial feedstock option for mills and growers. Gathered data will assist researchers to identify the 'best bet' diversification options and sustainable business models to inform future industry investment and planning.
- Develop a comprehensive chemical profile of the sugarcane plant (stem and leaves) for both current commercial varieties and atypical germplasm that are well suited for biomass production, and diversification opportunities.
- A comprehensive analysis of the chemical composition of sorghum to determine how it can complement the sugarcane biomass supply.
- A diversification model for all sugarcane production areas that wish to diversify their income streams from sugarcane.