Research centre launched at Murdoch

September 23, 2016

A grains research partnership between Australia and China was officially launched at Murdoch University today.

Dr Michael Robinson, Professor Eeva Leinoen, Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University, and His Excellency Sr Ren Zhengxiao

Dr Michael Robinson, Professor Eeva Leinoen, Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University, and His Excellency Dr Ren Zhengxiao

The Australia-China Joint Centre for Postharvest Grain Biosecurity and Quality Research is a partnership between Australia’s Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), Murdoch University and China’s Academy of State Administration of Grain.

China is Australia’s largest grains export market and both countries have agreed to work together to reduce losses in stored grain.

It’s hoped that research will lead to the development of non-chemical controls to protect crops.

His Excellency Dr Ren Zhengxiao, Administrator of China’s State Administration of Grain, arrived at Murdoch’s Perth Campus in Western Australia (WA) for the launch of the centre.

He said: "This partnership between China and Australia will bring benefits to related sectors all over the world."

Professor David Morrison is Deputy Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation at Murdoch University.

He said: "Success for this partnership is reducing hunger. Research will lead to a reduction in grain losses and enhance food security."

Dr Michael Robinson, CEO of the Plant Biosecurity CRC, said: “Global grain markets are changing and we need to change with them.

“Established methods for stored grain pest control are facing increased pressure from both regulation and changing market preferences for non-chemical options.”

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Eeva Leinonen joined Dr Robinson and His Excellency Dr Ren in unveiling a plaque to mark the agreement.

Tomorrow, the Chinese delegation will take a guided tour of CBH Group’s port operations at Kwinana, in WA.

They will see first-hand the work by Murdoch University, the CRC and a China-based partner to develop new generation nitrogen technology for insect control in grain storages.

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