New research projects for northern Australia

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Support for seven new collaborative research projects totalling $13.9 million has been announced to unlock northern Australia’s business potential.

The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Barnaby Joyce and Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy have announced the project recipients. The successful projects are:

  • Developing sustainable cropping systems for cotton, grains and fodder (lead applicant: Ord River District Co-Operative Limited)

  • Establishing new legume pastures to increase livestock productivity across the north (lead applicant: Agrimix Pty Ltd)

  • Developing and applying control strategies to prevent two viruses which cause skin lesions in crocodiles (lead applicant: Porosus Pty Ltd)

  • Applying new technologies to enhance biosecurity and cattle quality (lead applicants: Branir Pty Limited & The Trustee for Booloomani Unit Trust)

  • Improving banana crop productivity in northern Australia (lead applicant: Terragen Biotech Pty Ltd)

  • Breeding for resistance to juvenile pearl oyster mortality syndrome (lead applicant: Ellies Pearling Pty Ltd)

  • The Probio-TICK Initiative (lead applicant: Microbial Screening Technologies Pty Ltd).

The goal of the CRC-P projects is to use innovation and collaborative research to solve problems that face industry in the north, to grow jobs, growth and investment.

This CRC-P investment will leverage a further $37 million of cash and in-kind inputs from project partners, representing a co-investment of $50.9 million in commercially-focused research in the north.

The $13.9 million for these projects builds on the government’s $75 million investment to establish the new CRC Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia.

View the joint media release.

More on the CRC for Developing Northern Australia project recipients is at: business.gov.au/NorthernAustraliaProjects

More on the CRC for Developing Northern Australia is at: crcna.com.au.