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Cooperative Research Centre for Solving Antimicrobial Resistance in Agribusiness, Food and Environments (CRC SAAFE) bid

Opportunity for

Additional investment partners from food, water, agriculture, agribusiness and environmental management sectors to join the CRC SAAFE bid to work with the team and their existing partners to develop new technologies, solutions, decision support tools, and interventions to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Industry challenge

AMR is the ability of microorganisms to fight back against antimicrobial agents such as antibiotics, antifungals, and antiparasitics. As microorganisms become more resistant, the diseases they cause become untreatable.

AMR represents a growing threat to the food and agribusiness, water, and waste sectors. It affects agricultural productivity, biosecurity, food and water security, food safety, the circular economy, and international food trade.

For producers, AMR reduces food production efficiency and food security, lowers product quality, increases food safety concerns, and increases treatment costs. This will significantly impact the industries future potential growth.

Across the food value chain, outbreaks of resistant pathogens carry significant economic and reputational costs, not only for the suppliers and food industries linked to the outbreak, but also for suppliers that are mistakenly blamed.

For exporters, AMR related food standards increasingly represent a non- tariff trade barrier. In jurisdictions like the European Union, United Kingdom and Japan, regulations are increasingly stringent and molecular and chemical contaminant screening increasingly sophisticated.

AMR is also a significant problem for Australia’s water industry and organics recycling industry, both of which lack information and tools to manage AMR risks in their products. The growing reliance of Australian food and agribusiness on recycled water and waste organics means that there is a need to properly understand and mitigate AMR risks to safeguard industry’s access to these products.

Current opportunity

The Cooperative Research Centre for Solving Antimicrobial Resistance in Agribusiness, Food and Environments (CRC SAAFE) will lead a nationally coordinated AMR response for the Australian agribusiness, food, organic waste and environmental management sectors.

A Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is an industry-led collaboration between industry, researchers, government and the community.

The CRC SAAFE bid team is actively seeking additional investors to join their second stage bid. Partners would be anticipated to contribute to a multi-sector response to AMR, identifying and addressing key challenges and innovation opportunities for the stage two bid.

Through focused innovation, CRC SAAFE will assist partners to research, develop, commercialise and apply game-changing technologies to monitor AMR risks, apply cost effective solutions, and make better informed decisions. The CRC will help mitigate AMR risks and provide quality assurance to secure market access advantage for Australian food and agribusiness products.

Having submitted a stage one bid in late August, the consortium is awaiting formal advice in December 2021 from Cooperative Research Australia. Stage 2 bids would then be due for submission in February 2022.

Potential other applications

The research program will broadly contribute to other smart farming initiatives (through the integration of more data and decision support), and biosecurity initiatives (through the improved monitoring of plant and animal health and tools to support early intervention and risk mitigation).

Participating organisations and centres

Partners in the CRC SAAFE stage 1 bid include: Active Research Pty Lt, Aquafeeds Australia Pty Ltd, Arris Pty Ltd, Australian Food Systems Pty Ltd, Australian Organics Recycling Association Limited, AUSVEG Ltd, Curtin University, Department for Environment and Water (SA), Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, Department for Health and Wellbeing (SA), Department of Regional NSW, Environment Protection Authority South Australia, Environment Protection Authority (State of Victoria), Food Innovation Australia Ltd, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, Goulburn Valley Water, Icon Water, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Hunter Water, Impact Innovation Pty Ltd, Inguz Harvest (One Harvest) Pty Ltd, Marine Easy Clean Pty Ltd, MGI Australia Pty Ltd, Osmoflo Water Management Pty Ltd, Peats Soil & Garden Suppliers Pty Ltd, PerkinElmer Pty Ltd, PLF Agritech Pty Ltd, PMA Australia New Zealand Ltd, Qiagen Australia Holding Pty Ltd, Sartorius Australia Pty Ltd, SA Water, South East Water, Southern IML Pathology, The University of Queensland, The University of Wollongong, TTD Global Pty Ltd, TWIST Biosciences, University of South Australia, University of Technology Sydney, University of Western Australia, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Water NSW, Water Research Australia Limited, Zhongnong Xinke (Suzhou) Organic Recycling Research Institute Co Ltd. And third parties include: Zespri, Plant and Food Research New Zealand, and Queensland Health

Opportunity type

Seeking investment, Seeking partners

Express interest by

February 2022
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Readiness

Mid (TRL 5-7)
Proof of concept in the laboratory then in the field resulting in the development of a minimum viable product (MVP).
What does this mean?
Describes the stage of the challenge or opportunity being pursued.

Project led by

Multiple industries
Aquaculture Beef cattle Beverage Cereal grains Cross industry Dairy Eggs Fruits Packaged food Pasture, fodder & feed Pork Poultry Pulse grains Vegetables Wine

Cooperative Research Centre for Solving Antimicrobial Resistance in Agribusiness, Food and Environments (CRC SAAFE)

The Cooperative Research Centre for Solving Antimicrobial Resistance in Agribusiness, Food and Environments (CRC SAAFE) is an industry-led collaboration between industry, researchers, government, and the community that will address the impacts of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) on Australia’s agribusinesses, conducting research aligned with Australia’s National AMR Strategy.

Multiple industries
Aquaculture Beef cattle Beverage Cereal grains Cross industry Dairy Eggs Fruits Packaged food Pasture, fodder & feed Pork Poultry Pulse grains Vegetables Wine
  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Other

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