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In May, GRDC chairman Keith Perrett and the Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Peter Walsh, turned the first sod to ceremonially mark the start of construction of the new Australian Grains Genebank at Horsham, Victoria... When construction is completed in November it will be the southern hub complementing the University of Sydney's I.A. Watson Grains Research Centre at Narrabri, New South Wales, (the northern hub) and the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) in Perth (the western hub), which is a partnership between GRDC and the Western Australian Government... These first three hubs will continue to build on the international research links that the GRDC has already established with bodies such as the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, and the major global companies whose business is the development of advanced crops, products and services...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
In opening the state-of-the-art facility, the Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Peter Walsh, said the genebank would house about 300 million seeds from around the world, which will be used in current and future plant breeding programs... "There is more than 2.7 kilometres of shelf space at minus 20 C, a capacity to hold 200,000 packets of seed and more than 2000 different crop species," he said... "I'd like to thank those people who for decades have worked behind the scenes nurturing these collections and preserving this material," Mrs Starick said...
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