A group of senior executives from Japan, in Melbourne for the 54th Annual Australia-Japan Joint Business Conference, have toured the state-of-the-art AgriBio Centre in Bundoora to see how Victoria is leading in innovative agricultural practices.
The tour, that included a mix of executives from Japan and Australian, came on the third and final day of the business conference, designed to strengthen economic ties between the two countries.
The joint-delegation was representative of a number of key industry sectors including meat & livestock, financial services, manufacturing, energy and agriculture.
Delegates were taken through the facility and treated to presentations by the centre’s scientists that included plant and animal biosecurity, genomic technologies, molecular phenomics, plant functional genomics and computational biology.
A joint-initiative between the Victorian Government and La Trobe University, AgriBio is Australia’s first-integrated agricultural systems biology research centre and has been designed to protect and progress Victoria’s multi-billion dollar agricultural sector.
The $288 million dollar state-of-the-art AgriBio centre focuses on cutting edge research and development that aims to improve productivity, fight disease and significantly reduce environmental impact.
The key areas of outcome for the centre are in plant and animal bioscience, biosecurity, bio protection and soil sciences.
Supporting the research arm of the centre is a number of enabling technology platforms including genomics, transciptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, phenomics, bioinformatics & advanced scientific computing and biocontainment.
Japan is Victoria’s third largest trading partner and there are currently more than 170 Japanese companies operating in Victoria, supporting the jobs of more than 10,000 Victorians.