Plant research gets $2.6 million infrastructure boost

Australian Plant Phenomics Facility Plant Accelerator

The development of healthier food, new and improved crops, and more sustainable agricultural practices has been catalysed with funding to improve plant research facilities.

$2.6 million from the Federal Government will be used to update infrastructure and equipment, and introduce new technologies at the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF).

“Plant research is an extremely fast-paced environment, and we need investment to continue to ensure we stay at the cutting edge of research,” says Professor Julie Owens, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Strategy.

The APPF, including the University’s Plant Accelerator, is a network of national research infrastructure platforms. It offers researchers access to state-of-the-art plant phenomics technologies, tools and expertise not available at this scale or breadth in the public sector anywhere else in the world.

APPF is a partnership between the University of Adelaide, CSIRO and the Australian National University.

The grant was announced under the Federal Government’s new $1.9 billion Research Infrastructure Investment Plan Facilities for the Future: Underpinning Australia’s Research and Innovation.

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