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A rural bioeconomic strategy to redefine primary production systems within the Australian innovation system: Productivity, management, and impact of climate change

McHenry, M.P. (2015) A rural bioeconomic strategy to redefine primary production systems within the Australian innovation system: Productivity, management, and impact of climate change. In: McHenry, M.P., Kulshreshtha, S.N. and Lac, S., (eds.) Agriculture Management for Climate Change. Nova Science Publishers, pp. 55-70.

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Abstract

This chapter explores components of a rural research, development, and extension strategy that amalgamates the primary industries with a larger class of broad-spectrum biological science and technological capability in Australia. Innovative enabling biotechnologies are likely to continue to alter approaches to tackling regionally-specific problems that link non-biological and biological resource use and production efficiency, including climate change. Such linkages will require a diverse scientific capability derived from research fields of science and technology currently external to conventional primary industry capabilities. However, capturing potential benefits of transformational technologies requires a progressive approach to investments in higher education, business, and government. This chapter asserts three crucial non-exclusive investment drivers are receiving insufficient consideration in the rural research, development, and extension in what is termed the "rural bioeconomy": human collaborative knowledge, sustainable production capability, and, cross sectoral transformational science and policy. Discussed are some policy and institutional options to assist convergence of these three non-exclusive drivers to enhance collaborative capabilities in a rural context.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers
Copyright: © 2015 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Publishers Website: https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_inf...
United Nations SDGs: Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/30212
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