Mobile Research Laboratories Improves Grains Research

Mobile Research Laboratories Improves Grains Research

Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan

Mobile Research Labs To Drive Grains Research Capacity

Victor P Taffa

  • New mobile research laboratories to improve grains research capacity and efficiency
  • Vehicles about to hit the road across the grainbelt

Grains research has gone up a gear in Western Australia with the acquisition of 2 Mobile Research Laboratories to accelerate production gains.

McGowan Government’s $175,000 investment in the purpose-built labs will improve efficiency and enhance the quality of research in the field by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s staff across the grainbelt.

“These mobile labs have been built with flexibility in mind so that they can be used for a range of different purposes by researchers out in the field.” Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan said.

“This new acquisition builds on the investment in the recently opened $11.5 Million Northam Grains Research Facilities, a state-of-the-art scientific hub, to advance crop production and profitability in Western Australia.”

Tow-along vehicles have been fitted out with generators and photovoltaic cells to run scientific equipment, as well as specialised storage cabinets and washing facilities, while the larger van also has a freezer, drying oven and a fume cupboard.

New assets will enable scientists from different disciplines to undertake sampling and analysis in the field before plant material begins to decay or soil samples are disturbed, improving the integrity of the research while also reducing travel costs.

Mobile Research Laboratories can also be used to assist plant pest and disease diagnosis in grain crops.

Western Australia is regarded as a world-leader in grains research and the McGowan Government is committed to investing in the State’s scientific capacity to ensure this valuable industry remains internationally competitive.