DEMO – Dugalunji and UQ partner to release the bio-value in native spinifex

DEMO – Dugalunji and UQ partner to release the bio-value in native spinifex

Working together, Dugalunji Aboriginal Corporation (DAC) and the University of Queensland (UQ) are proposing to build a clean, green, Queensland-based bio-refining industry. Bringing together Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, nanotechnology and Australia’s most extensive vegetation type (spinifex) to create the products of the future, this project is designed to move the spinifex industry from the research/pilot scale to demonstration scale.

The project will also fund research for applications development to build further demand for nanocellulose and potential markets for spinifex oils and resins.

Under the Old Biofutures Program, the partners received just under $1 million as part of the Biofutures Commercialisation Program.

More Details:

- Biofutures Program, Biofutures Commercialisation Program funding recipients, June 2017
- Weaving Grass into Gold, Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations.
- Old Government Media Statements – Palazczuk Government funding to expand state’s spinifex industry, July 03 2017.
- Indigenous community signs landmark agreement with University of Queensland to develop spinifex ‘nanofibre’ industry, abc RURAL NEWS, April 2015
- Indigenous opportunity sprouts from desert discovery, www.uq.edu.au.

Contact Details:

Assoc Professor Colin Saltmere

Native spinifex grass