July 5, 2002
A $20 million
agreement was signed today that will ensure science and industry
combine forces to further protect the future of Australia's
In a strategic
The Grains Research &
Development Corporation (GRDC) have formed a research alliance to
pre-empt a potentially devastating range of pests and diseases
infesting the grains industry. This will maintain the
competitiveness of Australia as a major exporter of high quality
"The focus of
the venture is to protect Australian grain by providing the
grains industry with more effective, environmentally sensitive,
and longer term crop protection options," CSIRO Chief Executive
Officer, Dr Geoff Garrett, said.
collaboration encompasses a significant body of CSIRO expertise
and intellectual property that will improve the profitability of
the Australian grains industry.
taking existing 'know-how' through early-stage research, and
converting it to a suite of valuable intellectual property for
industry applications and use in the future," Dr Garrett said.
Director, Professor John Lovett, said: "The agreement
demonstrates the willingness of major Australian organisations,
such as CSIRO and GRDC, to collaborate in the discovery of
strategically important solutions to areas of national
He said the
alliance would put Australia at the forefront of world crop
protection and provide for key developments with CSIRO
Entomology in Perth and Canberra.
and the Federal Government have provided support for the
alliance through the GRDC.