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Reducing food poisoning and drought-proofing Canola



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Monday, 30 May 2011

REDUCING FOOD POISONING AND DROUGHT-PROOFING CANOLA

Canberran universities are partnering with governments and industry to reduce food-borne disease, make genetically-modified (GM) and non-GM Canola more drought tolerant and save the Grassland earless dragon from extinction.

These research projects are among 12 Australian Capital Territory projects receiving over $4 million from the Australian Government's Linkage Projects scheme.

Announcing funding of $67 million for 219 new Australian research projects Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said the Australian Research Council's Linkage Projects scheme encourages research and development projects that will enhance the lives of Australians.

“This vital funding will help Canberra researchers working with industry and other partners outside the higher education sector, like manufacturers here and overseas, to find tangible, workable solutions to real issues,” Senator Carr said.

“The Linkages Projects scheme supports research that helps Australian manufacturers become more innovative and create high-wage, high-quality jobs by tackling important issues and improving the quality of life for all Australians.”

Using a $251,373 grant, the Australian National University aims to identify the source of food-borne illnesses due to Salmonella and Campylobacter to inform food regulatory policy and reduce disease.

The Australian National University will also use a $240,000 grant to improve Canola yields during moderate to severe droughts, addressing a major world agriculture issue.

The University of Canberra will use a $395,000 grant to identify the forces that have made species like the Grassland earless dragon endangered or vulnerable to develop tools to prevent extinction of this and other reptiles.

For more information on these projects and to see a list of all projects, visit the media kit at http://www.arc.gov.au/media/major_announce.htm.

Nationally, 436 national and international partner organisations will top-up the Australian Government’s $67 million investment in Linkage Projects with an additional $139 million in cash and in-kind support.

For more information on the ARC and the Innovation, Industry, Science and Research portfolio, visit www.arc.gov.au and www.innovation.gov.au.

Media contacts: Sheena Ireland, Minister's office, 0427 092 100

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Tamsin Allen, ARC, 0412 623 056