Brisbane academics will lead research to breed new varieties of more resistant pineapples to benefit local farmers and support more jobs in the industry.
The Morrison Government is providing $575,000 to fund research led by University of Queensland academics to address the biggest issue affecting the viability of pineapple farming in Australia and internationally: premature flowering leading to highly erratic supply.
Member for Ryan Julian Simmonds said the research would aim to breed new pineapple varieties using non-genetically modified approaches.
"This research has the potential to transform Australia’s pineapple farming industry," Mr Simmonds said.
"The majority of Australian pineapples are grown in Queensland, we’re a state famous for the Big Pineapple so this research could be a boost for producers, for jobs and the economy.
"I am proud that the research being done right here in Ryan will help Queensland farmers expand their business nationally and expand into international markets."
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Morrison Government was investing in research that would benefit all Australians through the Australian Research Council (ARC).
"Our Government is investing in partnerships between universities, industry and government to drive the commercialisation of research," Mr Tehan said.
"We are encouraging greater collaboration between universities and businesses on research innovation and workforce preparation."
More information about the ARC Linkage Projects scheme is available online.