AusAgave are global leaders in selecting and growing proven agave plants for sugar and fibre
AusAgave applies the most advanced propagation technologies to provide clients with high quality agave plants for large scale plantations. AusAgave are leaders in research and development for growing agaves and plant regeneration.. AusAgave provides technical and consulting services to exisiting and potential growers.
Originating from Mexico, agave plants have been used since ancient times for food, fibre and building. Agave is now growing in Australia as a commercial crop. AusAgave’s proven cropping systems help ensure the highest yields of sugar and fibre.
With similar climatic zones to Mexico and Brazil, Australia has excellent environments for selected commercial agave crops. AusAgave can assist growers with selection of agave species and cultivars for specific locations. Agave succeeds in drought conditions, high temperatures, and when grown on marginal lands, where other crops are unable to grow. It requires only minimal fertiliser and is naturally disease and pest resistant. Australian crops have shown no evidence of disease. Agave can be harvested at any time of the year making it a versatile crop choice for all processing options.
Industry opportunities for AusAgave growers
Agave is currently grown for its sugar and fibre content.
The sugars can be used commercially for the production of:
- biofuels (ethanol, renewable diesel, jet fuels)
- biomaterials (bioplastics)
- spirit beverages (alcohol)
- pharmaceuticals (health and wellbeing products)
The whole agave plant can be used commercially for:
- biofuels—ethanol, renewable diesel, jet fuels
- biogas production
- green crude oils or bio-oils
- livestock feed
- soil improver
The fibres in agave are commercially used for:
- bioenergy (biogas, steam, electricity, heat)
- bioplastic products (e.g., drinking straws, biodegradable cutlery, coffee cups, plastic bags, containers)
- insulation panels and textiles
- compost and soil improvement materials
In Australia agave is grown commercially for use in:
- spirit beverages
Benefits of agaves in a changing climate
With the changing climate in Australia and globally, agave has been recognised as a suitable crop for planting in marginal dry areas as a commercial crop. Agave has both drought and fire retardant properties—pertinent for drought effected areas and those threatened by bushfires in Australia.
With similar climatic zones to Mexico and Brazil, Australia has excellent environments for commercial agave plantations. AusAgave can assist growers with selection of agave species and cultivars for specific locations. Agave thrives in drought conditions, high temperatures, and when grown on marginal land. It needs minimal fertiliser, and is naturally disease and pest resistant. Australian crops have shown no evidence of disease. Most agaves can be harvested at any time of the year.