The Centre for Crop Health (CCH) delivers research ensuring healthy crops for improved food security and on-farm profitability. The Centre leads focussed research into sustainable crop disease management in the summer cropping regions of northern Australia. Researchers are recognised for their expertise in the selection of resistant and tolerant germplasm, epidemiology, cutting-edge diagnostics, biological control and population genetics of pathogens.
Research is undertaken in a variety of crops including wheat, chickpea, sorghum, rice, peanut and sweet potato, studying diseases caused by fungi, bacteria and nematodes. Crucial to the success of CCH is the partnership with the Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries which ensures the delivery of applied and practical solutions to Queensland farmers. Additionally the Centre works collaboratively with a range of funding agencies including the Grains Research and Development Corporation, AgriFutures and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, to provide biosecurity capability in northern Australia and near neighbouring countries.