A University of Newcastle (UON) led Co-Operative Research Centre (CRC) bid has attracted $39.5 million from the Government to establish a ten year global CRC for High Performance Soils (CRC-HPS), announced today by Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO.
The CRC-HPS will bring together 42 partners spanning industry, government, research, not for profit and business sectors to help bridge the gap between soil science and farm management. The investment from government will be supported by more than $136 million in contributions from industry and other partners (cash and in-kind) over ten years.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Kevin Hall, said the CRC-HPS would address critical barriers to high performance soils by developing real solutions, with a focus on how these solutions could be adopted throughout the farming community.
“The Australian agricultural industry is worth $48 billion and feeds 60 million people, however our soils are highly vulnerable and productivity at risk due to increasing soil degradation, the rising cost of nutrient inputs and competing land use.”
Aimed at overcoming the most complex soil management issues, the CRC-HPS will integrate research across diverse fields including soil science, big data, sensor technology, nanotechnology, environmental science, social sciences and agricultural and farm management.
Professor Hall said the successful bids attested to UON’s position as a global leader in collaborative, high impact research