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CCDM celebrates 10 years of crop disease research

“We were created because of Curtin’s vision in seeing a future in agriculture research in WA, and it’s because of this vision and the fantastic support over the years from both Curtin and GRDC that we are still here today, certainly we wouldn’t be anywhere else,” Professor Mark Gibberd said. Author: Megan Jones Apr 29, 2024 Read Time: 1 minutes

Curtin University’s Centre for Crop and Disease Management hosted a 10th Anniversary celebration event last week, to celebrate its achievements over the past decade.

The event, held at Curtin’s Bentley Campus in CCDM’s laboratory building, saw more than 100 industry stakeholders come together to reflect on past discoveries that have helped reduce the economic impact of crop disease for Australian growers.

CCDM Director, Professor Mark Gibberd, who has been Director of the centre since day one, said the event was a great opportunity to celebrate with local agronomists, researchers, breeders, growers and other industry professionals that have been collaborating in CCDM research projects over the decade.

“Being here from the beginning, I’ve been fortunate enough to see how far we’ve come over the years and, along with all the high impact discoveries, see CCDM become a success story of capability building and sustained industry-led innovation,” Professor Gibberd said.

“Now, together with more than 120 research staff and students, we can look forward to the future, by not only improving long term solutions for growers managing crop disease, but also in our new direction in agricultural data analytics.”

Professor Gibberd said CCDM would not exist in Western Australia without the sustained support from both Curtin and the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

“We were created because of Curtin’s vision in seeing a future in agriculture research in WA, and it’s because of this vision and the fantastic support over the years from both Curtin and GRDC that we are still here today, certainly we wouldn’t be anywhere else,” he said.

The celebration included speeches from Curtin’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Melinda Fitzgerald, and Chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation Mr John Woods.

CCDM is a national research centre co-supported by Curtin and GRDC.

         

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