Value Added Grains for Human Health


The FOODplus Research Cluster is a joint venture between the University of Adelaide and the Women's & Children's Health Research Institute. FOODplus aims to be a bridge between agriculture and human health by stimulating the research necessary to improve the nutritional intake and health of society.


The University of Adelaide Waite Campus is a centre of excellence for plant breeding and genetics and is the home of one of the largest integrated barley breeding and research programs in the world, the Pulse Breeding Australia national faba bean program and the southern node of the Australian Durum Wheat Improvement Program. Varieties from University of Adelaide programs dominate commercial crop production in South Australia and are widely grown elsewhere in Australia.


As part of the activities in FoodPlus, we are bringing together a portfolio of value-added grains (at various stages of development) to offer as research and commercialisation opportunities to food and nutrition companies.


Our portfolio of value added grains includes:


High lutein wheat - yellow products with no artificial colours, may be beneficial for eye function

Very high amylose wheat - low GI

Hulless barley, novel starch, high β-glucan, low GI

Hulless barley, novel starch, high β-glucan for noodle production

Hulled barley, low phytate / high value animal feed.


Partnership Opportunities

Possible opportunities include:


Production/supply agreements within the food industry

Research collaborations

Early stage development partnerships

Research solutions through contract research and consulting


IP Position

Individual varieties can be protected through Plant Breeders Rights and exclusivity may be negotiable via closed-loop production arrangements.

Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Kiara Bechta-Metti
The University of Adelaide
Robert Gibson
Food & Ag