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Stopping insect crop eaters and checking fire danger



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Monday, 30 May 2011

STOPPING INSECT CROP EATERS AND CHECKING FIRE DANGER

Western Australian universities are partnering with governments and industry to help control crop eating insects, improve the communication of fire threat information and better understand the learning needs of rural and remote Indigenous vocational education students.

These research projects are among 20 Western Australian projects receiving a total of $4.95 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 Western Australian researchers work 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 $288,000 grant, the University of Western Australia will lead a project to control chewing insect pests by interfering with their growth and reproductive patterns.

Edith Cowan University will use a $179,982 grant to reprocess satellite data into a form that will assist community decision making at times of fire stress.

Curtin University of Technology will use a $87,000 grant to develop a literacy needs analysis model for use by educators assessing the learning needs of rural and remote Indigenous vocational education students.

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 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 Tamsin Allen, ARC, 0412 623 056