Chinese partnership to boost biosecurity research and trade

May 26, 2016

From L-R: Ling Du, Consul of Chinese Consulate General in Perth; Professor Eeva Leinonen, Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University; Xinshi Li, President of CAIQ; and Anlin Sun, Deputy Consul General of Chinese Consulate General in Perth. Pic by Dr Chang Cai

From L-R: Ling Du, Consul of Chinese Consulate General in Perth; Professor Eeva Leinonen, Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University; Xinshi Li, President of CAIQ; and Anlin Sun, Deputy Consul General of Chinese Consulate General in Perth. Pic by Dr Chang Cai

A new partnership between Murdoch University and the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ) will address plant and animal biosecurity issues to support bilateral trade between Australia and China.

The Australia-China Joint Research Platform of Quarantine and Phytosanitary Required Diagnostic and Treatment will promote and facilitate research, collaboration, education, commercialisation and information exchange between the two bodies to underpin policy development, trade protocols and access into new markets for both countries.

The new partnership was launched at Murdoch on Monday, May 23, by CAIQ President Xinshi Li and Murdoch’s Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen in front of an audience of VIPs from the Chinese Consulate General in Perth, the Australian government and the agricultural and horticultural industries.

The new research platform, which will be co-led by Murdoch’s Professor Yonglin Ren, also held its first planning meeting to discuss future collaboration in quarantine and phytosanitary treatment, new training programs for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers and to seek collaboration opportunities to contribute to China’s One Belt, One Road strategy.

Murdoch’s Professor of Research Engagement Bernie Dell said the joint platform was a significant achievement by the University.

“It builds on the excellent cross disciplinary work that Professor Ren has achieved in support of the agricultural industry in Australia,” said Professor Dell.

“His research into insect pests, fruit fumigation, pesticide residue and quarantine regulations has helped to secure bilateral trade agreements with a range of countries in some key agricultural and horticultural commodities across Australia, from blueberries to citrus to grain.”

The vision for establishing the joint research platform was developed in senior level discussions in Beijing last year and the agreement was signed when Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation Professor David Morrison visited CAIQ in September 2015.

“Our partnership aims to reduce trade hurdles and barriers, improve market access, sustain our horticultural industries, bolster food security and safety, and maintain market reputation,” said Professor Morrison.

“Murdoch is the only university in Australia where research and teaching covers from the pre-harvest to the post-harvest and to the table through the entire supply and value chain.

“China is a key partner for Murdoch University in the important fields of food production, biosecurity and trade. So far, Murdoch University has established six partnerships to undertake joint research projects and to train next generation scientists that are of national significance to both Australia and China.”

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