Eurofins opens first commercial post-entry plant quarantine facility in Australia
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Eurofins Agrisearch, part of the Eurofins Agroscience Services group, the largest agrochemical and veterinary medicines Contract Research Organisation in the world, announces the opening of their new state-of-the-art quarantine facility located in Toowoomba, Queensland. The facility will replace the previous government quarantine facility at Eagle Farm, Brisbane, for seed imports into Australia. The facility was officially opened on Wednesday 10 September by John Chapman, Managing Director, Agri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry Queensland.
Following the announcement of the closure of the Eagle Farm post-entry quarantine facility, the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry has worked closely with Eurofins Agrisearch and the federal Department of Agriculture to facilitate the establishment of a new commercial post-entry quarantine service. Eurofins Agrisearch is Australia's largest independent Contract Research Organisation and has close ties with the seed industry providing both field and laboratory based research.
This new investment by Eurofins Agrisearch provides an even greater commitment to support agricultural development in Australia. Such a development would not be feasible, either economically or logistically without industry and government participation. The result of over a year of planning is that a large proportion of post-entry quarantine for future seed imports has been outsourced to Eurofins Agrisearch who has designed, constructed and staffed this new regionally based facility. The facility is equipped with the latest environmental monitoring and control features and has a low environmental footprint, being largely powered by solar energy and having its own, on-site, waste treatment plant. With 300m² of bench space it has the capacity for up to 10,000 plants at a time. The facility will mainly cater for corn, cotton, sorghum, sunflower and pulses but will be available for both summer and winter cereal crops and will provide a secure quarantine service for the Australian seed industry well into the future.
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