Centre for Crop Health

The mission of USQ Centre for Crop Health (CCH) is to deliver world-class research ensuring healthy crops for improved food security and on-farm profitability. The Centre leads research focused on the sustainable management of diseases in summer and winter cropping systems in Australia. Researchers are nationally and internationally recognised for their expertise in the selection of resistant and tolerant germplasm, epidemiology, cutting-edge crop disease diagnostics, biosecurity research, biological control and genetics and genomics of both crops and their pathogens. The last ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) evaluation rated CCH research outputs as ‘well above world standard’ in two fields: ‘Crop and Pasture Production’ and ‘Microbiology’.

At CCH, world-class research is undertaken in a range of crops including wheat, barley, chickpea, sorghum, soybean, mungbean, 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 (DAF), which ensures the delivery of applied and practical solutions to Queensland farmers through the USQ/DAF Broad Acre Cropping Initiative (BACI). Additionally the Centre works collaboratively with a range of funding agencies including the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), AgriFutures and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

Research themes

  • Crop Disease Management
  • Pathogen Genomics & Biology
  • Epidemiology & Ecology of Crop Pathogens
  • Biological Control & Integrated Management Of Pests, Pathogens & Weeds In Crops
  • Biosecurity Research
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07 4631 1392