CSIRO Unveils $25-Million Upgrade to Myall Vale Site to Enhance Australia’s Cotton Research.
CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has announced a significant investment in expanding its Myall Vale site in Narrabri, NSW, to support advanced cotton research. With the completion of new purpose-built facilities, the site is now better equipped for developing more sustainable cotton varieties and pest-resistant crops.
Cotton Management Research Laboratory: The Key Facility
The state-of-the-art Cotton Management Research Laboratory is a new addition to the site. It allows the precise pre-emptive monitoring of potential insect resistance and the measurement of crop nutritional status. This technology will improve cotton management, increase productivity and output quality, and reduce the need for pesticides.
New Cotton-Breeding Areas and Increased Storage and Processing Areas
The expanded facilities also include new cotton-breeding areas, as well as increased storage and processing areas. These additions will allow for a significant increase in the breeding and processing of cotton, positioning CSIRO as a world leader in cotton research.
CSIRO’s Commitment to the Cotton Industry
CSIRO’s executive director for future industries, Kirsten Rose, said the investment in the expanded facilities demonstrated the agency’s commitment to the cotton industry. “Our cotton breeding work is world-class, and our long-term commitment to the cotton industry, which has been developed over half a century, is now ensured into the future,” Ms Rose said.
CSIRO’s Cotton-Breeding Program Leader’s Thoughts
According to Dr Warwick Stiller, CSIRO’s cotton-breeding program leader, the new facilities will cement CSIRO as a world leader in cotton research. “The work our researchers are doing at Myall Vale is globally recognised, from developing pest-resistant cotton to producing more sustainable varieties that require less water,” Dr Stiller said.
Partnerships for Economic Benefits
Myall Vale is a unique site embedded with the local industry and community. Partnerships with the industry deliver significant economic benefits to the community and Australia as a whole. Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD) managing director Peter Graham welcomed the opening of the new facilities, saying it was a major boost for NSW and cotton growers Australia-wide.
CSIRO has been committed to the cotton industry for over 50 years, and with the expansion of the Myall Vale site, it is ensuring its commitment for the future. With the increased capacity for breeding and processing cotton, the research effort will help Australia’s cotton industry grow both domestically and internationally, cementing CSIRO as a world leader in cotton research.
Quick fact :
In 1958, the Myall Vale Experimental Station was established in NSW to conduct research on cotton. The CSIRO breeding program is the exclusive source of all cotton grown in Australia, and it employs a team of over 60 experts including plant breeders, entomologists, agronomists, as well as water and soil scientists who are globally recognized.
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