The Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) is a national research centre co-supported by Curtin University and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), investing $100 million over a five-year period.
Launched in 2014, the centre’s major aim is to reduce the economic impact of crop disease for Australian growers via three main research themes:
- Fungicide resistance: by developing the necessary tools and strategies for industry to prevent and minimise its occurence and impact
- Molecular genetics: by providing breeders with genetic tools to breed cereal, oilseed and pulse varieties with improved disease resistance
- Farming systems: by developing economical and adoptable Integrated Disease Management (IDM) strategies for managing the evolution of resistance to fungicides.
CCDM builds on Curtin’s previous work through the Australian Centre for Necrotrophic Fungal Pathogens (ACNFP) that has delivered discoveries and outcomes estimated to be saving industry more than $100 million per year. For information on our latest research achievements, sign up to our blog at ccdm.com.au/subscribe.
The CCDM sits within Curtin’s Department of Environment and Agriculture, and houses more than 60 staff. The CCDM has 10 research programs each with a program leader.