Modernising Indigenous Native Grains Processing

The University of Sydney

  • Project code: PRJ-012817

  • Project stage: Current

  • Project start date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Project completion date: Monday, April 29, 2024

  • Journal Articles From Project: Synthesis of current native grains research Rangelands Journal (Issue: Under review on 1/10/2021), The use of Australian native grains as a food: a review of research in a global grains context Rangelands Journal (Issue: 2021, 43, 223–233 on 1/12/2021), What do we know about threshing traditional grains in Australia Journal of Ethnobiology (Issue: 43(4):339-350 on 16/12/2023)

  • National Priority: NEI - New and Emerging Industries - SM1


 The Australian native grains industry is an emerging sector that presents significant market opportunities. One of the challenges is effectively processing multiple seed types in a manner that meets market requirements.  This project aims to develop a research, development and extension plan for the native grains industry and assess existing knowledge of seed processing technologies and experience in multi-species seed processing. This will include testing various processing options for native seeds to food-grade.


New and Emerging Industries

Research Organisation

The University of Sydney

Objective Summary

Formulate and document an RD&E plan for processing indigenous native grains.
Conduct a literature review of known processing methods, combined with modern processing methods for seeds of similar sizes and uses.
Test methods/equipment for seed threshing and purification to food grade, including combinations of fire and various forms of mechanical separation.
Estimate costs and labour for each method relative to success rate and provide species-specific recommendations. Make recommendations regarding the use of diverse inputs relative to success rate of individual processing method.