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The Biosciences Research Division is driven by its vision to be innovative in creating cutting edge science essential to the prosperity and well-being of Victoria's primary industries, leading to significant industry and societal benefits. This capability is organised via two science platforms, Biosciences and Bioprotection, which are defined as concentrations of knowledge based capability and outputs.

 

 

BIOSCIENCES

 

The Biosciences platform converts genomic discoveries into genetic and management solutions for globally competitive plant and animal industries. This is achieved through:

 

 

This platform is comprised of 6 sub platforms covering a continuum of disciplines in plant and animal genomics. These are:

 

 

Computational Biology

 

Computational Biology is recognised as the analysis and integration of data resulting from the application of '-omic' technologies. It allows the analysis of complex and varied biological data to extract information, uses advanced high performance computers and custom designed software, databases and pipelines.

 

             

Discovery Technologies

 

Discovery Technologies work with microarrays, proteomics, metabolomics and cell biology to measure differences in gene expression, proteins and metabolites and their effects on cells.

 

Molecular Genetics

 

Molecular Genetics is the use of DNA variation for selection of important breeding characters in livestock, pasture grasses, pasture legumes, cereals, pulses, oilseeds and horticultural crops.

 

 

Plant Functional Genomics

 

Plant Functional Genomics is the functional analysis of genes in model and crop plants which allows, amongst other things, the discovery of plant genes and their functional analysis.

 

Molecular Plant Breeding

 

The Molecular Plant Breeding sub-platform is responsible for the conversion of genomic discoveries into genetic solutions for a range of plant based industries including forages, cereals, oilseeds, pulses and horticulture.

 

 

Animal Functional Genomics

 

Animal Functional Genomics primarily focuses on the application of advanced approaches to address issues that arise in the agricultural industries. The team covers a range of disciplines particularly in molecular biology, carbohydrate chemistry, microbial genomics, biochemistry and protein chemistry.

 

 

BIOPROTECTION

 

Bioprotection Research uses multi-disciplinary plant and animal pest and disease R&D to generate knowledge, technologies, tools and management strategies for the effective control of diseases, pests and weeds for biosecurity protection, enhanced market access and improved productivity.

 

The Bioprotection platform is comprised of sub-platforms covering a continuum of disciplines of relevance in the fields of animal and plant health, pest and pathogen response and weed management.

 

The sub-platforms are:

 

Microbiology

 

The Microbiology team applies its capability to plant and animal disease research, the development of diagnostic tests and the provision of diagnostic services to investigate the microbiological causes of diseases. The team covers a range of disciplines including virology, bacteriology, molecular biology and soil biology.

 

             

Plant Pathology

 

Plant Pathology provides knowledge-based decision support systems to stakeholders on integrated disease management strategies that have minimal impact on the environment. Understanding of pathogen ecology, disease epidemiology, and the interaction between the pathogen and the environment is critical in developing such systems.

 

A key outcome is to reduce the use and impact of pesticides for disease control and their impact on the natural ecosystems.

 

Weed Sciences

 

Weed Sciences delivers benefits to reduce weed impacts that are measurable, quantifiable and visible. The major purpose is to provide scientific understanding and solutions for managing weeds.

 

Weed Sciences has a statewide and national role in integrated weed management research. The Weed Sciences team has the capacity to undertake large or small-scale research or consultative projects and a reputation for innovative work, helping to develop practical and cost effective solutions for a wide range of weed problems.

 

 

Veterinary Pathobiology

 

The Veterinary Pathobiology team utilises its diagnostic expertise to investigate animal disease in farmed animals and wildlife. Emergency disease response is a critical aspect of the group's capability. An additional specialist unit located at Bendigo focuses on diseases of intensive animals, particularly pigs.

 

 

Invertebrate Sciences

 

Invertebrates Sciences delivers knowledge-based decision support in the management and utilisation of invertebrates. It takes a proactive role in early warning detection research to reduce the chances of pests becoming established and in the control of both exotic and native pest invertebrates with minimal adverse environmental effects.