Major new drivers of international research in plant science include the central roles of cell walls as renewable sources of transport fuels, as functional foods to improve human health, and as a source of raw materials for industrial processes. The Centre will build an international team with scale and focus at the scientific, technical and training levels to generate outcomes that will significantly enhance biotechnologies that underpin Australian crop industries valued at over $8 billion per annum, associated food industries valued at about $40 billion per annum, and massive emerging industries related to renewable transport fuels and biomaterials.

Funding: $19.25 million over 7 years

Centre Director*Professor Vincent Bulone 

Administering Organisation: The University of Adelaide

Collaborating and Partner Organisations:

  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Queensland
  • Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden (KTH)
  • University of Dundee
  • Arcadia Biosciences Inc.
  • Leibniz-Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)
  • Energy Biosciences Institute
  • Scottish Crop Research Institute
  • Bioplatforms Australia Ltd
  • Government of South Australia, Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology
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Please visit the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Wall Biology website for further information.

* Initial Centre Director: Professor Geoffrey Fincher