Welcome to the Western Australian State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre
What is the SABC?
The SABC is the collaborative university Centre for R&D in agricultural
and veterinary biotechnology in Western Australia. It provides platform technologies
and world class equipment and facilities for R&D in agricultural biotechnology
to researchers from universities, state government and industry. More than
20 research groups and companies rent space and use the SABC facilities. It
is based at Murdoch University in Perth.
"To be an eminent, internationally recognised centre for research and development in agriculture and veterinary biotechnology"
"To provide state-of-the-art facilities and equipment enabling multi disciplinary
research in biotechnology which under pins the agricultural and veterinary
industry, for the benefit of the community. This will be achieved by being
recognised as the centre for agricultural biotechnology in WA providing national
and international research links and collaborations fostering establishment
of national centres in leading edge technologies"
Characteristics of the SABC
- The SABC is a multi-user centre with a research spend of about $9 million
- There is a critical mass of more than 225 researchers
- The SABC combines university, state government and industry researchers
in one cost-effective centre
- The SABC operates as a 'Research Hotel' in which different groups rent
common laboratory space and access to platform technologies
- The SABC supports incubation and co-location of new ag biotech companies
- The SABC promotes collaborative research, undertakes contract research,
and provides many local, national and international linkages
- SABC researchers are members of eight agricultural Cooperative Centres
The research focus is on molecular activities that involve or promote primary production of commercial livestock, crop plants or microbes, or their subsequent processing for added value. The SABC also supports research in biomedical sciences, and environmental biotechnology.
Deliverables and Outcomes
SABC researchers have an outstanding track record of outputs and outcomes. These include the provision of co-located, state-of-the art, well run platform technologies for all WA researchers plant breeding support leading to improved crop varieties (molecular markers, yield, resistance to diseases and pests, better quality, variety ID, diagnostics), improved productivity and health of livestock, and biomedical diagnostics.
Facilities and platform technologies
The SABC provides the most comprehensive set of equipment and facilities
for biotechnology R&D in WA, with full facilities for: cell and molecular
biology, robotics, high throughput agricultural genetic analyses and diagnostics,
structural, comparative and functional genomics, microarray technologies,
proteomics and mass spectroscopy and bioinformatics support via the (CBBC).
Training and Mentoring
The SABC plays a major role in advanced training in ag biotech. There are
about 100 Honours and PhD students in the research complement. The SABC also
runs a series of hands on short courses in molecular biology, gene mapping,
diagnostics, proteomics and bioinformatics.
In 2005 new postgraduate certificate and diploma courses on Application
of Molecular Technologies was established at Murdoch University, run by internationally
qualified SABC researchers. These provide advanced education at the Postgraduate
Certificate, Diploma and MSc levels, for local and international participants.
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The SABC runs the following hands-on training workshops:
- Introduction to Molecular Biology
- Molecular Mapping Techniques in Diagnostic Biotechnology
- High Throughput Genetic Analysis
- Introduction to Proteomics
- Advanced Proteomics
- Bioinformatics (with the CBBC)
Contact Andrea Tongue [A.Tongue@murdoch.edu.au] for details of times and
costs or go to short courses.
- combines crop, veterinary and biomedical research in biotechnology in one centre
- is multidisciplinary and inclusive
- provides enabling facilities, platform technologies and common laboratories
- is highly cost effective
Researcher Groups Using the SABC
- Division of Health Sciences (Murdoch)/Veterinary Sciences
- Division of Science and Engineering (Murdoch)/Biological Sciences and
- UWA (Natural Resources and Agriculture, Biochemistry)
- Curtin University (Molecular Biotechnology, Horticulture)
- Edith Cowan University (Human Genetics)
- WA Dept of Agriculture (animal, plant, microbial)
- Perth Zoo
- Plant Biotechnology Research Group
- Australian Centre for Necrotrophic Fungal Pathogens (ACNFP)
- Rumen Biotechnology
- Centre for High Throughput Agricultural Genetic Analysis (CHAGA)
- Veterinary Virology, Parasitology, Microbiology
- Saturn Biotech Pty Ltd
- Grain Biotech Australia Pty Ltd
- Proteomics International
- Lighthouse Laboratories Pty Ltd
- ID+PLUS Pty Ltd
- Royal Perth Hospital
- Fremantle Hospital
- Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute (ANRI)
The SABC can provide full facilities for contract R&D, start up companies
or co-location of existing companies in agricultural, veterinary and biomedical
sciences via its incubation program. Contact the Director for further information.
Investors interested in commercialising outputs of SABC researchers.