Product development and research

Product Development and Research at CSD is a great example of interdepartmental collaboration, with all staff across the company contributing in some way to the success of our research and development (R&D) program.

CSD’s Product Development and Research (PD&R) work group comprises of members from each relevant department at CSD to oversee the entire R&D program.

This group has a number of functions including confirming all research is conducted in a scientifically valid manner, maintaining appropriate documentation for future reference and preventing unnecessary duplication of trials. The group also ensures that all research is conducted within legal requirements e.g. APVMA permit conditions.

R&D at CSD takes many forms, as summarised below:

Field trials

Each season the Extension and Development (E&D) team have an extensive network of variety and agronomic trials across all cotton growing regions in Australia. These are generally large-scale trials conducted by the local E&D agronomist in collaboration with the grower.

Product development and research field trials are co-ordinated in collaboration between the Namoi Valley E&D agronomists and CSD’s Research Manager. This involves setting protocols and field plans, preparing seed for planting, conducting field assessments, liaising with staff from other departments for additional technical assistance, entering and analysing data and reporting back to the PD&R Workgroup.


Laboratory staff play an essential role in R&D at CSD. In addition to their primary roles conducting commercial quality assurance testing, this team provides extensive technical support, including weighing biomass samples, conducting germination assessments and various other experiments. Many of these tasks require a high degree of precision and the laboratory staff need to be very adaptable to transition between various tests and methods, which often vary from the standard protocols used for commercial testing.

CSD Farms

The vast majority of R&D field trial management is conducted by CSD Farms staff. This includes field preparation, planting, in-crop management and harvesting of trials. Due to specific trial requirements such as precise requirements for planting conditions, applications of experimental products and management of varying trait packages and maturity stages within a field; management of these trials can be very challenging and a great deal of labour and planning is required in addition to typical commercial cropping requirements.

Seed Increase

The CSD Seed Increase team is an invaluable resource for technical support for R&D, assisting with the collection of field samples and trial monitoring.


Production staff have a range of roles in CSD’s R&D program. This includes securing seed for trials, assisting with the application of experimental seed treatments and ginning of samples after picking. Production staff are also responsible for taking numerous samples throughout the entire delinting and treating processes for the various production optimisation and quality assurance trials.

Current research

CSD has a strong focus on research and development, as part of our 2025 Strategic Plan.

Our current research portfolio includes:

Completed research

Our team and facilities

CSD research team

Brett Ross
Quality, Research & International Lead

Hannah Hartnett
Research Manager

Kimberley Haverhoek
Laboratory Supervisor

Jamala Gordon
Laboratory Assistant

Georgie Hancock
Laboratory Assistant

Emma Lambeth
Laboratory Assistant

CSD Quality and Research Laboratory

30 September, 2020

CSD Quality and Research Laboratory video.

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Reports and fact sheets

Seed production and quality assurance

02 September, 2021

CSD has a commitment to quality which is focussed on the needs of the Australian cotton grower. To meet this commitment, CSD produces and tests all seed to internationally accepted protocols,...

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Mechanical damage

03 September, 2020

Mechanical damage (MD) refers to any physical damage which compromises the seed coat of the seed. The level of damage depends on a number of factors including the initial quality of the seed and...

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2020 CSD Farms Field Day

04 April, 2020

The 2020 CSD Farms Field Day booklet is available to download.

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Cotton Breeding Australia

CBA Project Overview

25 November, 2020

Despite several major obstacles experienced during the last year, such as the Canberra hailstorm (which destroyed glasshouses and infrastructure), Canberra fires (which impacted on staff), the...

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Core Cotton Breeding Program IV / Quality Assurance IV / Disease Nurseries IV

25 November, 2020

Project Leader: Warwick Stiller Key Researchers: Warwick Stiller, Shiming Liu, Warren Conaty, Heidi Clements, Greg Constable, Danny Llewellyn (QA)  Brief Summary of Project Objectives: The aim...

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Cotton Biotechnology: Core Project IV

24 November, 2020

Project Leader: Danny Llewellyn  Brief Summary of Project Objectives: The aim of this project is to provide the molecular support needed for the core cotton breeding project to deliver new...

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Enhancing the efficiency of disease resistance breeding in cotton using marker technology

23 November, 2020

Key Researchers: Iain Wilson, Qian-Hao Zhu, Danny Llewellyn Brief Summary of Project Objectives: This disease marker project aim is to find markers linked to resistance for three important...

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Improving Host Plant Resistance to pests and diseases (HPR IV) Final Report

22 November, 2020

Project Leader: Carlos Trapero Key Researchers: Carlos Trapero, Warwick Stiller, Lewis Wilson Brief Summary of Project Objectives: The aim of this project is to use the knowledge and...

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