Rewind 2021 and prospects for 2022 Rewind 2021 and prospects for 2022
Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Australia's CSIRO-CSD mark $150mn joint investment in cotton research

Australia's CSIRO-CSD mark $150mn joint investment in cotton research

May '21
Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO and Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD) have marked a combined investment of more than $150 million in research to ensure the long-term profitability and viability of Australian cotton. Since 1971, they have been providing globally competitive cotton varieties that are pest and disease tolerant to the Australian farmers.

The 50-year CSD-CSIRO partnership has resulted in 116 cotton varieties delivered to growers, which have returned more than $5 billion to the cotton industry and through the delivery of third-party GM traits reduced insecticide use by 85 per cent and cut herbicide use by 52 per cent. Australian cotton farming is also the most water efficient in the world, the organisations said in a joint press release.

CSD was one of CSIRO’s most important partners and their shared investment in innovation for the long term was the cornerstone of the Australian cotton industry’s success, said CSIRO executive director of future industries, Kirsten Rose.

“The CSD-CSIRO collaboration demonstrates what can be achieved when an R&D partnership is flexible and fully integrated across the value chain to solve unmet industry needs,” Rose said. “CSIRO’s world-class research combined with CSD’s seed production, extension services and delivery to farmers ensures the industry has access to short-term and long-term solutions to the challenges they face.”

CSD is the only company in Australia that supplies farmers with cotton planting seed and is one of only a few independently owned and controlled cotton seed companies in the world.

“For 50 years, our partnership has helped Australian cotton growers achieve world leading yield and quality outcomes, and provided them with variety choice tailored to their production system," said CSD managing director, Peter Graham.

Plant breeding is a long-game, and the time from initial crossing to the commercial release of a new variety can take up to 14 years. For this reason, in 2007, CSIRO and CSD formalised their relationship through the joint venture, Cotton Breeding Australia (CBA), to guarantee long-term funding for cotton breeding research projects.

Cotton Breeding Australia research ensures an ongoing pipeline of technologies that underpin long-term success of the cotton industry and continues to safeguard Australia’s over $2 billion per annum cotton industry that produces enough cotton each year to clothe 500 million people.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (KD)

Must ReadView All

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 29th Jan 2022

EU refers China to WTO following trade restrictions on Lithuania

The EU recently filed a case at the World Trade Organisation against...

Pic: Shutterstock

Apparel/Garments | On 29th Jan 2022

Philippines misses Jan 1 RCEP deadline; to conduct public hearing

The Philippines missed the January 1 effectivity of the Regional...

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 29th Jan 2022

ILO, BGMEA join hands to continue safety momentum in RMG sector

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Bangladesh...

Interviews View All

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Fabric selection & recommendation based on client's brief

Footwear Industry, Footwear Retailers

Footwear Industry
Footwear Retailers

Still struggling to mop up higher sales

Water stewardship, Stakeholders

Water stewardship

Water use efficiency remains relatively unexplored

David Guiho,

David Guiho

Headquartered in Apt, South of France, Delta Plus designs, manufactures...

Aashumi Mahajan,

Aashumi Mahajan

The Luxe Maison is a premiere haute couture e-boutique established after...

T Rajkumar,

T Rajkumar

<div>Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) being one of the...

Keith McMillen, Bebop Sensors

Keith McMillen
Bebop Sensors

Bebop Sensors' smart fabrics allows for a new level of interaction between ...

Ingo Soller, TWE Group

Ingo Soller
TWE Group

The TWE Group is one of the leading global players in the nonwovens...

Johann-Philipp Dilo, Dilo Group

Johann-Philipp Dilo
Dilo Group

German company Dilo Group is one of the leading equipment suppliers of...

Samant Chauhan, Label Samant Chauhan

Samant Chauhan
Label Samant Chauhan

Delhi based fashion designer, <b>Samant Chauhan</b> who mostly works on...

Bav Tailor, Label Bav Tailor

Bav Tailor
Label Bav Tailor

Born in London and Indian by origin, <b>Bav Tailor </b>is the Founder of...

Raghavendra Rathore, Label Raghavendra Rathore Jodhpur

Raghavendra Rathore
Label Raghavendra Rathore Jodhpur

Being one of the first designers to use the "Brand India" positioning for...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


Leave your Comments


Green Fibre
Arvind Limited
Brandix Lanka Limited
Lisa S.P.A.
Chori Company Limited
Restoque S.A.
Cat Tuong Real Estate Group Joint Stock Company
Vianney Textil Hogar S.A. De C.V.
Bluestem Global Sourcing Limited
Lacoste (Wanchai)
Desigual - ABASIC, S.A.
Guess Europe Sagl,
John Varvatos
Grasim Industries Limited
Gloria Jeans
G-Star Raw C.V.
Huntsman (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Deckers Outdoor (Guangzhou) Consultant Co., LTD.
Maceton Limited
Esprit Europe Services GmbH
Alix Partners
Target Corporation (MN)
Sateri (Jiujiang) Fiber Co.,Ltd
Boardriders Asia Sourcing Limited
Eastman Chemical Company
NITI Aayog
Groz-Beckert East Asia LLP
H;&M Hennes ;& Mauritz (Far East) Ltd
Aramark Uniform ;& Career Apparel, LLC
LC Waikiki
Sainsbury's Argos Asia Limited
T.T. Limited
OVS Hong Kong Sourcing Ltd.
Vardhman Textile Ltd
Tory Burch Hong Kong Ltd
Sportmaster Ltd.
Tchibo GmbH
The Top Form Brassiere Manufacturing Company Limited
Truetzschler India Private Limited
Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft
International Textile Manufacturers Federation
The LYCRA Company Singapore  Pte. Ltd
Tommy Hilfiger
Chico’ FAS
Etam Group Strategy Hong Kong Limited
Seasalt Limited
Helly Hansen Far East Ltd
MAS Active / MAS Kreeda / MAS Bodyline
Lululemon Athletica Inc
Aquarelle Clothing Limited
Calvin Klein
Midas Clothing Limited
Varner AS Retail
C;&A Sourcing International Ltd
IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative
Recron Polyester from Reliance Industries Limited
Hela Clothing Pvt Ltd
J ;& P Coats
Benetton Group
Rayonese Textile Inc., Division de Culp Inc.
Sportswear Company Spa
Under Armour Global Sourcing Ltd
Gatsby Africa
Alison Hayes Romania
IKEA of Sweden AB
SHAHI Exports Pvt Ltd
Reiter India Private Limited
KAS Direct Sourcing
Gap International Sourcing Limited
PVH Corporation
Gokaldas Exports Limited
Hirdaramani International Export Private Limited
Landmark Group

January 2022

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

Advanced Search