Media Release

Joint research centres mutually beneficial

18 September 2014

Australian Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, welcomed the signing of two agreements between Australian and Chinese research institutions in China today.

"These agreements are an example of the ways the bilateral relationship between China and Australia is being strengthened," Minister Joyce said.

"There is a role for government-to-government relations, there is a role for industry-to-industry relations – and there is also a critical role for academic as well as cultural relations."

Minister Joyce witnessed two Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signings – Murdoch University with the Academy of the State Administration of Grains and separately, the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) with the Academy of the State Administration of Grains.

"The Murdoch University MoU with the Academy of the State Administration of Grains will establish the Centre for Post-Harvest Biosecurity and Food Safety to look at ways to store grain that reduce biosecurity and pest risks," Minister Joyce said.

"It will also facilitate Chinese PhD candidates and researchers to travel to Australia to look at our grain marketing and distribution processes – and encourage reciprocal information sharing.

"The MoU between AEGIC and the Academy of the State Administration of Grain establishes a co-operative research relationship to increase knowledge on grain quality and increase utilisation of grain varieties.

"I congratulate Murdoch University, AEGIC and their partners on these mutually beneficial centres and look forward not only to seeing the outcomes of the collaboration but also on seeing the ties between our agricultural scientists deepen and grow."