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Million-dollar funding boost for local scientists

Smiling and hoping those bees from the hives in the background won’t sting!

Macquarie University will receive federal grant funding for three research projects that will ultimately benefit the environment and our farmers.

Federal Member for Bennelong Mr John Alexander OAM MP said the Advancing Pest Animal and Weed Control Solutions Grant Program has awarded three local projects $1.75 million, allowing them tocontinue furthering their research goals.

Mr Alexander said: “Seeing these wonderfully talented scientists being rewarded for their important and interesting work is a delight. Their work will potentially directly improve our environment and our agricultural sector.”

The three projects awarded funding are: Macquarie University, to receive $379,294 for a project to protect native honey bees by developing and improving control methods for hostile small hive beetles; Macquarie University, to receive $974,848 for a project to develop insecticide resistant beneficials for integrated pest management; and the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, in partnership with Macquarie University, to receive $392,803 for a project to research weed genomics to improve lantana biocontrol.

Mr Alexander visited the university and met with the inspirational young multinational cohort of scientists to congratulate them for their grant success, and to learn more about each of their projects.

Mr Alexander said: “Seeing this research, where discoveries are being made and strategies being developed, to combat weed infestation, lantana control, pest control, and honey bee resilience will only make our world a better place to be in the future.

The Weekly Times 5 May 2021

“If Bennelong is the innovation capital of Australia, then Macquarie University is the innovation capital’s town square!”