About Us

The ARC Research Hub for sustainable crop protection is supported by the Australia Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP). Our team is taking on the global challenge of transforming crop protection technology by delivering non-GM, non-toxic RNAi based fungicides for specific fungal diseases of crops.

The Hub aims to develop and commercialise an innovative biological alternative to chemical fungicides targeting economically significant broad-acre and horticultural crop diseases. It addresses industry challenges of fungicide resistance, chemical residues in food, off-target effects and environmental harm.

An expert multidisciplinary team uniting science, commercial and social licence pathways ensures industry and consumer uptake advancing $60B Australian Agriculture. The Hub translates to increased productivity, market access and enhanced environmental credentials of Australian food.

OUR VISION

Food security and sustainability

Benefiting Australian agriculture by reducing losses due to fungal pathogens in an environmentally and sustainable manner: protecting our biodiversity through specific targeting towards chemical-free agriculture.

Enhanced production and value addition

Increased productivity and value addition to Crop Protection Products by addressing industry issues such as fungacide resistance, residue, run-off, non-specificity and harmful effects on health and environment.

A global market place

Non-GM crop protection for increased market access and global trade, residue-free food for human, livestock and the food processing industries which rely on crop commodities raw materials.

The future consumer

Catering to the informed
consumer looking for cleaner products with responsible environmental credentials, reduced food waste and an approach that lessens the need for the chemicals and pesticides.

TEAM MEMBERS

Prof Neena Mitter
FTSE
Hub Director


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Dr Ilaria Stefani
MScEng, PhD
Business Manager


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Mike Pointon
BAgSc
Nufarm Limited


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Prof Elizabeth Aitken
BSc(Hon), PhD
UQ SAFS


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Prof Peta Ashworth OAM
BSc(Hon), DipEd, MBA
Chief Investigator


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Prof Rebecca Ford
BSc, PhD
Griffith University


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A/Prof Kim Plummer
BSc(Hon), DipEd(Hon, PhD
La Trobe University


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Dr Pedro Fidelman
PhD
UQ – HSS


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Prof Bernard Carroll
BSc, PhD

UQ – SCMB


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Dr Markus Herderich
PhD
AWRI


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Prof Hailing Jin
Partner Investigator


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Dr Narelle Manzie
BSc(Hon), PhD

Science Manager


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Lindy Coates
Partner Investigator

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Dr Cathy Todd
Partner Investigator


Dr Linda Smith
Partner Investigator


Apollo Gomez
Partner Investigator


Dr Anthony Borneman
BSc (Hons), PhD
Partner Investigator


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Dr Prabhakaran T. Sambasivam
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HUB PARTNERS

The work of the Hub is multi-disciplinary and heavily incorporates renown research institutes, sector and industry participation, with key stakeholder involvement.