The Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC) was established in recognition of the need to strengthen the plant biosecurity scientific capacity of Australia. We aim to develop and deploy scientific knowledge, tools, resources and capacity to safeguard Australia, its plant industries and regional communities from the economic, environmental and social consequences of damaging invasive plant pests and diseases.
We do this by:
undertaking world class collaborative research
building biosecurity capacity through education and training
enhancing awareness through national and international community engagement, and
promoting community and enterprise development.
PBCRC started its six year term on 1 July 2012, as an extension CRC from the Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity which began operating in November 2005. It is funded through the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres Programme and participating organisations.
PBCRC is managed from a head office located in Canberra, where we centrally coordinate plant biosecurity research across Australian states and territories. We have an extensive collaborative network of researchers and educators from 27 participating organisations from both Australia and overseas, representing industry, universities, and state and federal government.
A key strength of PBCRC is the involvement of our participants who are, in many cases, end-users of the research. This ensures maximum benefit and impact in the delivery of project outputs, development of new products and services and capture of intellectual property.
Our research focus for 2012-2018 is in our Investment Plan:
Australian plant production systems, markets and environments are protected from invasive pests and diseases through an effective plant biosecurity system.
...is to develop and deploy scientific knowledge, tools, resources and capacity to safeguard Australia, its plant industries and regional communities from the economic, environmental and social consequences of damaging invasive plant pests and diseases.