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Three sugar research projects funded

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Sugar Research Australia has announced new investment in the Small Milling Research Program for 2020 that benefits the Australian sugarcane industry.

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) has announced new investment in the Small Milling Research Program for 2020, which will see several milling companies partner with research organisations to undertake projects that benefit the Australian sugarcane industry.

The research program has been developed as a way for SRA to invest in relatively small research projects that develop a product, service, or process that will solve targeted problems in sugar mills and deliver tangible outputs.

SRA chief executive Ros Baker said out of the four new projects that would commence this year, three were from the Bundaberg Region and included:

  • Evaluating the suitability of two mud level sensing technologies for juice clarifiers (Wilmar / QUT / Bundaberg Sugar).
  • Increased sugar recovery through improved mill sanitation and biocide application (Bundaberg Sugar / QUT).
  • Investigating the corrosivity of evaporator condensates and the contributing factors (Isis Central Sugar Mill / QUT).

Ms Baker said program was in its third year and it was continuing to invest in projects that delivered lower-cost, short-term, industry-identified and industry-led research.

“The SMRP program targets specific areas within sugar mills, creating a collaborative partnership between the milling sector and researchers,” she said.

“With milling companies as direct partners in the projects, the program is aligned with their needs and forms part of SRA’s investment within our key focus area of milling efficiency and technology.”

Find out more about Sugar Research Australia here.

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