Tropical research centre opens
James Cook University has opened its Australian Tropic Sciences and Innovation Precinct in Townsville, which will conduct research into sustainable natural resource use in Australia’s tropics.
The centre, which is a joint venture between the CSIRO and James Cook University, will be conducting research into the following
- sustainable water management
- sustainable livestock systems for northern Australia
- intensive production systems in tropical landscapes
- understanding the genetics and breeding of sugarcane and development of new varieties
- marine and coastal processes and production systems
- integrated approaches to managing change in tropical regional communities.
The mission statement of the centre includes:
- position Australia as a pre-eminent provider of knowledge in the world’s tropical regions
- act as a centre of excellence in tropical science
- develop the northern Australian economy with knowledge, ideas and innovations
- provide information for sustainably managing Australia’s northern terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
“The researchers will work together on a range of projects to help us achieve a richer, fairer and greener country for all Australians. This includes research into biodiversity and climate change, sustainable production systems, sustainable ecosystem management, hydro-ecological interactions, social and economic factors in sustainable communities, industries and governance systems,” Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure, the Craig Wallace said