USQ Toowoomba’s Agricultural Science and Engineering Precinct, co-funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and USQ, is used for research particularly in the areas of crop protection, plant pathology and biotechnology. Australian grain growers will directly benefit from the research undertaken in this new facility including ongoing research into crop protection and pre-breeding and the development of integrated methods of disease management. This research will ensure growers’ crop returns using these new farming methods.
The development includes ten laboratories (including specialist quarantine facilities), four glasshouses, netted and irrigated facilities for field research, harvesting and processing of field and glasshouse samples, root and soil sampling for nematodes and four, state-of-the-art controlled environment rooms.
The new facilities will be used for pre-breeding programs for pathogen resistant varieties of wheat, barley, mungbeans, chickpeas and several horticultural crops. The Precinct will also facilitate interaction with agricultural engineering research teams, giving them the ability to undertake trials using new technologies such as machine vision sensing and robotics.