AgriBio, Centre for AgriBioscience


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AgriBio, Centre for AgriBioscience, is a world class agricultural research facility that aims to boost productivity, fight diseases and make Victoria’s farms even more sustainable.

As a joint initiative of the Victorian Government and La Trobe UniversityAgriBio was delivered as a Public Private Partnership project under the Partnerships Victoria policy.

The facility, located at La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus, helps to protect Victoria’s $10 billion agricultural sector by allowing the rapid detection and eradication of plant and animal pest and disease outbreaks.

The new centre:

  • facilitates collaboration across scientific disciplines
  • provides access to complementary research capability
  • enables the sharing of leading edge technology, high cost equipment and facilities required for advanced research and development
  • provides a flexible facility capable of rapidly adapting to future requirements
  • has the capacity to accommodate up to 400 staff including scientists, students and business and science-support personnel from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and La Trobe University, as well as attracting world leading scientists.

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The centre has been specifically designed with a working environment to enhance collaboration between scientists, and to facilitate a multidisciplinary approach to issues of local, national and international importance.

Collaborative research at AgriBio will significantly contribute to the protection of agriculture from disease threats, improve primary industries’ competitiveness and sustainability, and focus efforts on addressing challenges including climate change and drought.

Major Projects Victoria managed the procurement and delivery of the project.  Plenary Research – consisting of Plenary Group, Grocon and Honeywell Services – designed, constructed and financed the facility and will provide management services for the facility over a 25 year period.

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