Murdoch University’s submission to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Reference Committee's inquiry on 'all aspects of higher education and skills training to support future demand in agriculture and agribusiness in Australia
McHenry, M.P. (2011) Murdoch University’s submission to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Reference Committee's inquiry on 'all aspects of higher education and skills training to support future demand in agriculture and agribusiness in Australia. Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.
Murdoch University is a recognised leader in agricultural-related research as evidenced by the excellent results attained in the 2010 ERA ratings (e.g. an ERA rating 5 for Crops and Pastures).
Murdoch University’s national and international research strengths include plant and animal virology, immunology, plant nematology and animal parasitology, phytoplasmas, fungi, microbiology, bacteria, etc., and a strong focus on crop pre-breeding research, molecular diagnostics, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and bioinformatics, transgenic plants and crop biosecurity, animal and veterinary science (among others). Within the Plant Biotechnology Research Group (PBRG) Murdoch hosts the largest team of plant nematologists in Australia, the only nematology group focussing at the molecular level. The PBRG also specialises in plant viruses and phytoplasmas (plant bacteria). Murdoch also has multi-million dollar internationally collaborative crop and pasture RD&E projects involving ACIAR and the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, among others, and hosts associated agricultural biotechnology companies such as Saturn Biotech, Xytogen and NemGenix. Murdoch’s collaborative projects encompass R&D on crop pest and disease resistance, soil fertility improvement, crop diversification, abiotic stress, pre-breeding research for crop biosecurity, and biological nitrogen fixation (etc.), located predominantly in the Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Europe. Furthermore, Murdoch also has a strong focus on immune-mediated disorders, animal breeding, fish biology and diseases, pathogen therapeutics, autonomic and sensory neurobiology, veterinary bacteriology, viral immunology, ecology, and environmental management.
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