Horsham – Grains Innovation Park
Located at in the heart of Victoria's wheat-belt at Horsham, Grains Innovation Park (GIP) is a hub for agricultural research, development and extension in Western Victoria.
Established in 1962 with funding from Victorian wheat growers and the State Government, GIP – which was originally known as the Victorian Wheat Research Institute – was opened to breed wheat varieties for Victoria.
By the 1980s, breeding programs had expanded to include barley, canola, field peas, lentils and chickpeas. Today GIP is a world class research facility with more than 100 staff working to deliver scientific solutions in applied research, development and extensions programs.
Work carried out at GIP focuses on crop breeding and pre-breeding, crop disease pathology, nematology, virology, abiotic stress tolerance, grain productivity, climate adaptation, grain chemistry, soil science, agronomy, farming systems, animal health and resource use efficiency.
GIP is a national centre for breeding pulses and also features a world class plant phenomics facility that is used to carry out high throughput phenotyping of crop plants and the Australian Grains Genebank which holds around 300 million seeds, protecting genetic material for future generations.
Other facilities include glasshouses, laboratories, modern meeting and conference rooms and the 600 hectare Plant Breeding Centre farm (10 km west of GIP) where breeding and pathology plots are grown.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA), Regional Development Victoria (RDV), Parks Victoria and a number of private business also operate from GIP.
Contact DJPR Horsham
DJPR Horsham Centre
110 Natimuk Rd
Horsham VIC 3400
Phone: (03) 4344 3111
Fax: (03) 4344 3187