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Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre

The Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC) was established in recognition of the need to strengthen the plant biosecurity scientific capacity of Australia.

The PBCRC started its six year term on 1 July 2012, as an extension CRC from the Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity, which began operating in November 2005.

Our head office is located in Canberra where we centrally coordinate plant biosecurity research across all Australian states and territories. We have an extensive collaborative network of researchers and educators from 27 participating organisations from both Australia and overseas, representing industry, universities, and state and federal government.

A key strength of our CRC is the involvement of our participants who are, in many cases, end-users of research results. This ensures maximum benefit and impact in the delivery of project outputs, development of new products and services and capture of intellectual property.

We aim to develop and deploy scientific knowledge, tools, resources and capacity to safeguard Australia, its plant industries and regional communities from the economic, environmental and social consequences of damaging invasive plant pests and diseases.

We will do this by:

  • undertaking world class collaborative research

  • building biosecurity capacity through education and training

  • enhancing awareness through national and international community engagement, and

  • promoting community and enterprise development.


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