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11 September 2015

New research hub to improve our wheat industry

A new Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub, focused on developing advanced technologies for heat and drought-tolerant wheat, has officially been launched today.

The ARC Research Hub for genetic diversity and molecular breeding for wheat in a hot and dry climate was officially launched by Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston, representing the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education and Training, at The University of Adelaide’s Waite campus.

Chief Executive Officer of the ARC, Professor Aidan Byrne, attended the ceremony and said the hub will address critical industry challenges facing the grain industry.

“The $4.3 million in ARC funding for this hub, through the ARC’s Industrial Transformation Research Programme (ITRP), will support important research delivering advanced technologies, breeding material and information to produce new varieties of wheat that are tolerant to stressful environments,” Professor Byrne said.

“This is a vital research programme that will help to secure Australia’s agricultural and food industries into the future—with ‘food’ a key research priority of the Australian Government.

Researchers at the hub, based at The University of Adelaide, will work closely with a range of partners including: Australian Grain Technologies; InterGrain Pty Ltd; Longreach Plant Breeders Management; and the Grains Research and Development Corporation, working with participating organisations: University of South Australia; and The University of Sydney.

“The strong research collaboration demonstrated by this group of partners highlights the importance of the ARC’s Industrial Transformation Research Programme to encourage and promote research-industry collaboration to solve challenging industry issues,” said Professor Byrne.

For more information about this research hub please visit The University of Adelaide website. For more information about the Industrial Transformation Research Programme please visit the ARC website.

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