New AHRI Director and GRDC funding announced
Australian crop and weed agronomy will be taken into the future with the creation of a state-of-the-art laboratory at The University of Western Australia (UWA) as well as the appointment of a new director to lead the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI).
Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Chairman John Woods said UWA had received a $1 million GRDC Grains Research and Development (R&D) Infrastructure Grant to expand its weed research capacity and agronomic research facilities, with a co-contribution of $160,000 being made by UWA.
“I am delighted the announcement of the creation of the new laboratory coincides with the appointment – by UWA through the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment – of leading international weed scientist Hugh Beckie, to the position of AHRI director,” he said.
You can read the full details of the news here. On the right, you can watch a video featuring Hugh Beckie talking about weed resistance in Canada.
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