Spinifex farming in regional Queensland is tipped for growth as the Queensland government invests $480,000 in research into developing commercial use for the plant.

Spinifex farming attracted major attention recently after announcements that nanofibers from the plant could be used to develop thinner condoms, rubber gloves and building products.

First Nation’s rangers in the state’s west have been partnering with researchers to farm the spinifex.

Scientists from the University of Queensland will use the funds to research ways of increasing the strength and durability of building and construction materials using spinifex nanofibers.

Minister for Innovation Leeanne Enoch says commercialisation of spinifex could support a new industry in regional QLD, particularly in First Nation’s communities.