Research and Development

Viterra is committed to supporting research and development activity in Australia and is participating in industry-leading research, particularly in barley breeding. We provide funding to a variety of organisations and initiatives.

Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant BioSecurity - Phosphine Resistance

Grain growers and bulk storage operators use phosphine - the dominant fumigant in the Australian grains industry - to ensure insect-free grain to meet domestic and international end-user demands. However, an increasing number of phosphine-resistant grain pests are compromising the chemical's efficacy. This has prompted the industry to gain a better understanding of how it works in order to ensure its long-term viability. The Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant BioSecurity project aims to improve fumigation efficiencies and secure new strategies to overcome resistant-insect populations.