The La Trobe Institute for Agriculture and Food (LIAF) is a world-class research institute for seed production, food and health.
We aim to streamline the development, growing and testing of desirable traits in cereal and legume grains. Through this we:
- generate enduring profitability for grain growers
- deliver real benefits for the community (including regional) and economy
- train the next generation agri-food sector employees.
We strive to address complex constraints and threats to on-farm production and profitability and to develop 'fit for purpose grains'.
By creating higher yield and improved quality grains we will help increase Australia's:
- agricultural productivity
We work to identify constraints and threats to production and profitability. We address these constraints by using multi-disciplinary teams investigating a combination of:
- plant and soil sciences
- nutritional bioengineering of grains.
This opportunity will be realised through:
- collective intellectual capital (technical expertise)
- physical infrastructure (AgriBio building)
- regional campuses
- innovative solutions developed in partnership with the agriculture sector, food industries, government and other research institutions
- research and innovation precinct offering unique partnering opportunities.
The need for LIAF
With an increasing global population, 69% more food calories will be needed to feed 9.6 billion people by 2050. Increases in food-related illness combined with the need for more nutritional food, to feed a growing population, is a looming global challenge.
Australian agricultural production is worth $62 billion p.a., while the cost of food related illness is $73 billion p.a. highlighting the need to integrate agriculture and health.
Support for LIAF
La Trobe University has made a strategic $25 million cash commitment over five years for LIAF to leverage further matched funding to support basic and translational research and research training in the agri-food sector.
La Trobe’s visionary investment in the $288 million world-class AgriBio building has cemented its reputation in agriculture and food biosciences, creating a platform for further investment in intellectual capital that will support LIAF.