Our mission

La Trobe Institute for Agriculture and Food (LIAF) has been established with the expertise and financial backing to apply world-class research that meets critical societal needs relating to the seed production, food and nutrition challenges posed by a growing population in a resource constrained world.

Through LIAF, the agri-food and health sectors join forces to

  • instigate major initiatives across four thematic research areas:
  • drive and support the adoption of emerging technologies and research infrastructure
  • develop an entrepreneurial and innovative environment with multidisciplinary training generating a highly skilled workforce
  • respond to the challenges of sustainable agricultural production systems.

Benefits of our research and collaboration

We are committed to collaborative, high quality research, innovation and commercialisation to ensure that the benefits from our work are realised by growers, industry and society.

Grower benefits

Benefits to growers include:

  • access to improved innovative processes in agricultural production, including yield, water and resource efficiencies (lower production costs, increased production and higher value export products)
  • environmental resilience (higher water-use efficiency, lower production costs, more stable production and revenues)
  • better soil management strategies
  • potential strategies for value-added products.

Industry benefits

Benefits to industry include:

  • access to cutting-edge research and innovation in food and agri-business sectors including intellectual property
  • potential commercialisation licensing rights in multiple jurisdictions
  • ability to leverage Federal Government funding to enhance research collaboration
  • access to cross-disciplinary skills and capabilities that will enhance operations and build innovation capability
  • development of career pathways to specialise in agriculture and agribusiness sectors.

Broader community benefits

Benefits to the broader community include:

  • higher nutritional quality of food products
  • improved health outcomes
  • ability to have a positive impact on community by increasing on farm productivity as well as increasing the nutritional value of grains for human consumption
  • environmental benefits through more efficient production including a reduction in the use of water and other inputs such as herbicides, pesticides and/ or fertiliser
  • more resilient farming systems and practices through more efficient production and reduced input costs.

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