In an announcement today, the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) will receive an additional $1 million in funding, ensuring our world-class facility remains at the cutting edge of plant science technology to support Australian and international researchers addressing critical challenges in sustainable agriculture and food innovation.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the additional funding from the Morrison Government would ensure our world-class researchers had access to the most up-to-date infrastructure.

“It is critical that Australian researchers are equipped with research facilities that enable them to do the ground-breaking and world-leading work they do,” Mr Tehan said.

“Our researchers are working to deliver results, from finding cures for diseases to drought-proofing crops, and it is important they have the most up-to-date tools to achieve this.

“Between 2015-16 and 2016-17 there was an almost 10 per cent increase in commercialisation outputs from NCRIS facilities, including clinical trials supported, patents and proof of concepts.

“The Morrison Government is supporting research and innovation across agriculture, the environment and astronomy to deliver outcomes that will benefit every Australian.”

The Morrison Government will provide an additional $10 million to upgrade six leading research facilities, including the APPF, to ensure Australia remains at the forefront of science and technology.

The funding is part of the $3 billion provided since 2004 under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) which helps drive innovation by supporting leading national research infrastructure projects.

Read the full announcement from the Department of Education and Training.