$35m research centre to help drought-stricken farmers
QUEENSLAND researchers will spearhead a $35 million project to help farmers improve crop resilience with no end in sight to the devastating drought gripping the nation.
Minister for Education Dan Tehan will today announce the Morrison Government will provide $35 million to establish a research centre to improve crop resilience and yield.
"Our Government is investing in research that will benefit our farmers," Mr Tehan said.
The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture will be led by Professor Christine Beveridge and based at The University of Queensland.
Mr Tehan said it would improve knowledge of genetic and physiological traits of plants, "giving breeders' unparalleled predictive capability to improve strain quality".
"The centre will bring together a unique multidisciplinary team from academia and industry to address the problems of food security and climate change, establishing Australia as a global leader in this field of research."
Professor Beveridge said the research would draw on nature's success stories and the research product could future-proof Agriculture globally.
"By predicting the plant varieties that are best for particular environments we can help farmers choose which plants to grow in what areas for each season for the best yield," Professor Beveridge said.
"An important component of the centre is the focus on the regulatory requirements which will allow the new technologies to be scaled globally to future-proof agriculture around the world."
Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie said harnessing the world-leading research the centre will deliver would help "make agriculture a $100 billion sector by 2030".
The University of Queensland researchers will collaborate with experts at four Australian universities and 13 academic and industry organisations from around the globe whom combined will provide $75.2 million in cash and in-kind support to the centre.