BASF licenses CRC for Polymers soil wetting technologies

13 July 2016

BASF has licensed new soil wetting technologies co-developed with the Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers (CRCP) to help Australian farmers improve water efficiencies and increase yields. The wetting agents are applied in a band to the surface soil directly above the seed, concurrently with the seeding operation, where they significantly improve water infiltration in the soil, reducing run-off losses and increasing the extent of moisture retention in the developing root zone.  Read More...

Labor releases science policy, with a boost for CRCs

22 June 2016

On Saturday, the Labor Party released a $1.2 billion policy on Australian science, which included its CRC policy. The announcement can be found here. If elected, Labor is promising the following in relation to CRCs: Boost funding by $39 million over 4 years and $180 million over 10 years; Run two additional CRC funding rounds; Remove the 10-year limit on a CRC’s life that was adopted following the Miles Review; Restore “public good” CRCs; Establish an Australian Biosecurity Institute ($79 million over 4 years) to take on the work of the Plant Biosecurity and Invasive Animals CRCs when they finish in 2017).  Read More...

Fire expertise honours global links

24 May 2016

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC researcher Dr Kevin Tolhurst has been recognised for his long and outstanding career as a fire scientist by the International Association of Wildland Fire.  Read More...