International rice diseases project

1 JANUARY 2003

The pathology of the world’s most important agricultural crop, rice, is the subject of a new international research project in Cambodia. Researchers from the E H Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation in Wagga Wagga and the Cambodian Agricultural and Development Research Institute (CARDI) are involved in a three year project in the South East Asian nation. Funded by the Australian Centre for Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the research will develop Cambodia’s expertise in rice pathology while Australia will secure a better understanding of exotic rice diseases which cannot be studied at home due to quarantine regulations. “With both E H Graham and CARDI committed to achieving sustainable agriculture, this project demonstrates the possibilities for international collaboration,” said E H Graham Centre Director Professor Deirdre Lemerle. The E H Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation is a joint research venture between Charles Sturt University and the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

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Fiona Halloran, 02 6933 2207

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