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Tech Transfer Talk – a series of podcasts discussing aspects of the many facets of technology transfer

Spiegare is delighted to announce its sponsorship of Tech Transfer Talk. This is a series of podcasts discussing aspects of the many facets of technology transfer. Cameron Begley, Managing Director of Spiegare Pty Ltd and Director of Agtechcentric, explores a range of technology transfer and commercialisation experiences, challenges and insights, with a range of guests from around the world. Through these...

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Spiegare Pty Ltd and Crop Protection Australia partner with the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (CISS) in the release of our report ‘Feral Futures: Overview of Technology Opportunities for Vertebrate Pest Management’.

Spiegare Pty Ltd, in conjunction with Crop Protection Australia, was delighted to partner with the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (CISS) in the release of our report Feral Futures: Overview of Technology Opportunities for Vertebrate Pest Management. The overview is framed around the CISS four innovation platforms and how they can be efficiently utilised to better manage vertebrate pests. The four...

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Technological opportunities to secure Australian Biosecurity

Australia has a significant biosecurity and invasive species problem that undermines the Nation’s 2030 goals, to both build a $100 billion agricultural industry and protect our globally important threatened species and biodiversity. Innovation will be critical to tackling this challenge, and a strategic technology pathway is needed to transform how our pests and weeds are effectively managed. Given the...

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Breakthroughs in feedstock engineering technology from CSIRO present a promising Biomass Oil Pathway

Research by CSIRO now makes it possible to produce oil in the leaves and stems of plants in addition to the oil already in seeds. This technology promises to be a game changer in the global production of renewable oils especially for aviation and marine fuel sector. Spiegare, together with AGRENEW, have been actively involved in developing global and local partnerships for this breakthrough innovation,...

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Gene editing in sugar cane

In this podcast, Cameron Begley and Faisal Younus from Spiegare, and John Bloomer from JMB (Pleshey) Consulting Ltd discuss gene editing technology and its application in agriculture generally, and also with respect to the sugarcane industry and sugarcane plant breeding. Spiegare is a globally connected advisory group with experts across agriculture, plant sciences, biosecurity, entomology, industrial...

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Renewable fuels are taking off…but can they supply the massive demand?

In the accelerating push to decarbonise aviation and marine transport fuels, constraints around the sustained availability of fats and oils feedstocks are already emerging. Recent breakthroughs in feedstock engineering technology from Australia presents a promising alternative pathway to reaching maximum scale in renewable aviation and marine fuels. Phasing out fossil fuels (coal, gas and crude oil) is...

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Reflections in a year of COVID

In the midst of an extraordinary year for all of us, I thought it timely before Christmas to begin to look back on the past 12 months. The Spiegare Team has been fortunate to maintain our strong partnerships with our clients and associates and to also develop what we hope will be new enduring relationships. Our clients have been terrific this year, adapting (as we all have), to the testing circumstances...

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Animal Health Australia press release: Megatrends, Opportunities and Challenges Facing Australian Livestock Industries

A key theme of the recent 2020 ABARES Outlook conference was the practical steps we’d need to take as an industry to reach the goal of lifting the value of Australian agricultural production to $100 billion over the next decade. Biosecurity throughout the supply chain plays a major role in achieving and protecting agricultural production, as was emphasized at ABARES by Queensland cattle producer and 2019...

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Innovation Culture Reflections

The Harvard Business Review (HBR) January – February 2019 Article The Hard Truth About Innovation Cultures is particularly insightful, when reflecting on nearly two decades of working within private and public innovation systems. While ideation remains the starting point of any innovation, the question arises about the factors, which catalyse the break up silos and / or (ivory) towers and ultimately drive...

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Observations of a Californian Carbon Workshop

It was my first concerted attendance at a focused workshop in California. Whilst I have made many trips to North America for various client meetings, negotiations and conferences, it represented a chance to engage deeply on an issue without the urgency of networking, the pressure to close a contract or satisfy a time-sensitive milestone. This workshop was orchestrated by Spruce Capital Partners and a...

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