The South Australian Country Hour presented from the plant research centre at Urrbrae today for the 21st birthday of the South Australian Research and Development Institute. SARDI was formed in 1992 and has spent over two decades improving technologies and crops for growers.

Nikolai Beilharz and Laura Poole spoke with the executive director of SARDI, Pauline Mooney who says after eight years she continues to look towards the future.

"We continue to go for those areas where we're number one, we are the strongest in the country"

Director of Science Partnerships, Professor Simon Maddocks says SARDI has had a huge influence on crops around South Australia.

"There's not a single paddock I couldn't drive by in South Australia and not be able to identify something going on that SARDI has had some influence on"

Head of the farm lobby group Primary Producers SA, Rob Kerin says the contribution that SARDI has had an enormous impact on South Australia.

"That's one of the thing we've got to continue to explain to government, explain to the community, the importance of research and development"

The next big project for SARDI is being involved in a $20 million program looking at marine life in the Great Australian Bight. Research Chief of Aquatic Science Research, Gavin Begg says the project is an exciting opportunity for South Australia.

"What we're looking at is to understand what the system is out there in an area we know very little"


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