Murdoch hosts Agricultural Research Symposium

September 7, 2016

More than 200 leading researchers, farmers, advisors, and policy makers have attended Murdoch University’s 2016 Agricultural Research Symposium. AgSymp

Senior figures from agriculture in Western Australia (WA) were among those who gathered at the University’s Perth campus on Friday to discuss the key issues affecting the industry.

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor, Professor Eeva Leinonen, delivered the welcome address, where she stated the importance of agriculture to the economy in WA.

She said: “Agriculture is a crucial component of Western Australia’s economy.

“With an increasing global population, increasing wealth in the region and changing patterns of demand, there is a bright future for the industry.”

Speakers included Mark Webb, Acting Director General of the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA).

Mr Webb spoke about the future of agricultural research in WA and how important partnerships with universities and research centres are for the future of agriculture in WA.

The symposium explored ground-breaking research and innovative strategies to address future challenges in animal production science, crop and pasture science, carbon mitigation and biosecurity.

Early career researchers were given a chance to share their research during the Hour of Power, where 12 PhD candidates were each given five minutes to present their research findings.

Professor David Morrison, Murdoch’s Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation, said: “Agriculture is not only critical to the WA economy, but also the financial health of Australia.

“Food security is at the very core of the research carried out at Murdoch. Our researchers are working to provide translational solutions to the challenges facing a growing global population.

“We’re proud of the research carried out at Murdoch and Friday’s event offered a fantastic opportunity to share that work with everyone who attended the symposium.”

Professor Leinonen officially launched the Crop and Pasture Science Major, which commenced earlier in the year.

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