Northern research projects get the green light

Friday, 9 February 2018

Two important northern Australia research projects will be looking for solutions to serious food and agribusiness challenges in 2018, with support from Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) grants.

A $1.8 million CRC-P grant will support a project to develop Fusarium wilt resistant Cavendish bananas using genes from a naturally resistant wild banana. The project will bring Lamanna Premier Group Pty Ltd, NQ Banana Research Pty Ltd and the Queensland University of Technology together to solve this important banana industry challenge.

A second $3 million CRC-P grant will bring five companies and two research organisations together to investigate improvements to Australia’s Barramundi breeding stock, using rapid iteration selective breeding genetics. The Mainstream Aquaculture Group Pty Ltd, Marine Produce Australia Limited, King Reef Pty Ltd, Helmaqua Pty Ltd, Barramundi Asia Pty Ltd, James Cook University and the University of Melbourne will be involved.

Australian Government CRC-P grants support industry-led collaboration with short term (up to three years) matched funding of up to $3 million to develop important new technologies, products and services.

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