Aim: The overall aim of the MedAg Hub is to transform the production of high-quality plant-derived therapeutics into an integrated, national industry that spans primary producers and manufacturers.
The ARC Research Hub for Medicinal Agriculture (ARC MedAg Hub) will integrate agronomy, precision agriculture and germplasm improvement using genomics, with extraction and combinatorial chemistry approaches, to modernise the production and extraction of existing and emerging plant-derived therapeutic products. The intention is to transform the industry by reducing inputs and costs (sustainability), increasing yield (exports) and positioning Australia as the world-leading supplier of plant-based medicinal products.
The “neglect” in breeding medicinal plants provides the opportunity to increase productivity using proven traditional and biotechnological approaches. By connecting industry with diverse expertise and combining them with university-based research expertise and platforms, a multi-disciplinary research platform that underpins medicinal agriculture can accelerate gains in yield, discovery and translation.
The expertise and capabilities developed in the ARC MedAg Hub will also be broadly applicable to other agricultural and manufacturing sectors. Developing an industry ready workforce, including through research training is also a key aim of the ARC MedAg Hub.