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New Crops Info 2014
Supported by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Crop Uses and Products

Choose a crop use or product:

(the categories below derive from the uses and products of the 500 species
whose popularity has grown the fastest in the worldwide literature over the last decade)















[clothing fibre]

[companion plant]


[cut flower]

[dietary fibre]


[erosion control]

[essential oil]

flavour fixative



[food dye]

[food for humans]





[grain legume]

[green manure]



[host for disease]

[industrial product]

[insect repellent]









[paper pulp]




[plant grafting]

[plant gum]










[soil amelioration]







[wastewater treatment]


[wood fibre ]


RIRDC Farm Diversity Website:


Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC)
Home Page

RIRDC New and Developing Plant Industries
Home Page

includes publications and project reports

RIRDC New Crop Industries Handbook
530 pages
as pdf download

essential oils, tea tree oil, wildflowers and natives, bioenergy, organic farming

Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following: for plant names: Australian Plant Name Index, Australian National Herbarium; ; The International Plant Names Index, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Harvard University Herbaria/Australian National Herbarium; Plants Database, United States Department of Agriculture, National Resources Conservation Service;DJ Mabberley (1997) The Plant Book, Cambridge University Press (Second Edition); JH Wiersma and B Leon (1999) World Economic Plants, CRC Press; RJ Hnatiuk (1990) Census of Australian Vascular Plants, Australian Government Publishing Service; for information: Science Direct; Wiley Online Library; High Wire; Oxford Journals; USDA National Agricultural Library; for synonyms: The Plant List; for common names:; etc.

All information is included in good faith but this website does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of any information on these pages, nor does the website accept responsibility for any loss arising from the use of this information.  Views and opinions are those of the authors themselves.  Every effort has been made to respect copyright owners' rights. 

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Latest update 31 July 2014 by: ANCW